The development path of a top prospect is a delicate thing. Some young players end up taking the wrong route and end up buried on a loaded team, unable to really show what they are capable of. Sometimes they take a more difficult path and struggle with the high expectations and responsibility involved. That’s why when a potential high NHL draft prospect drastically changes paths, it can be big news.
Today, Lukas Fischer, son of former NHLer and current Detroit Red Wings director of player personnel Jiri Fischer, completed one of those path switches. The 16-year-old defenseman has signed with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, passing up any NCAA opportunities that were coming his way. He’ll make his debut with the club tomorrow night against the Windsor Spitfires.
A few months ago, this certainly wasn’t the plan. Fischer fell to the 11th round in the OHL Priority Selection because he was supposed to be committed to playing in the USHL. He went sixth overall this year to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders after a strong camp with the USNTDP and played four games for them Now, he’ll head over the border and play much closer to his hometown with the Sting, who are off to a 9-6-3 record so far.
Already 6’3″, Fischer has a frame reminiscent of his father, who older hockey fans will remember as a 6’5″ behemoth for the Red Wings years ago. His brother, Braidan Simmons-Fischer, who plays for the University of St. Thomas, currently measures in at 6’7″.
This doesn’t mean that the young defenseman will be picked higher, but it will give OHL fans a closer look at him in the next few years. Fischer is eligible for the 2024 NHL draft.