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Devils take Swiss forward Hischier first overall

Devils take Swiss forward Hischier first overall”

But they caught a break on April 29, winning the NHL Draft Lottery.

When Nico Hischier went to the Devils with the first overall pick, all eyes went to Nolan Patrick. The playmaking center shined with 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was named rookie of the year.

Nolan Patrick was not upset about going No. 2 overall and he thought he would heading to the Flyers.

"I was hoping to go to the Oilers", Yamamoto said.

"I'm speechless", an overwhelmed Hischier said in an interview after the selection was announced.

"I kind of had a feeling I was going to end up in Philly, and I'm real excited about the chance to go there", said Patrick. I was still doing a lot of skill development stuff when I was hurt and working on mobility things. "I just try to stay in the moment and enjoy the experience of being here".

Patrick provides Philadelphia with a blue chip prospect that many draft pundits believe will make the team's roster out of training camp this fall. We've had a really good friendship this little last bit here. He sustained a sports hernia last summer that hampered him during his season with Brandon of the Western Hockey League, but he finished with 20 goals and 46 points in 33 games. If Patrick had been born four days earlier in 1998, he would beaten the NHL's September 15 birthday deadline and been taken a year ago.

June 23, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Nolan Patrick poses for photos after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center. But Patrick's swift skating and top-notch numbers - he ranked 10th in the WHL with 41 goals and went over 100 points during Brandon's title run in 2015-16 - evidently proved too promising to pass up. If it's the former, Patrick could become a core player in the organization for years to come. He says his favorite player is Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks but many scouts say he plays more like Kevin Shattenkirk though. It will be interesting to see if they add offense in free agency or in the later rounds of the draft. The 18-year-old made an especially notable impression at the world junior championships this past winter with four goals and seven points in five games for Switzerland. He's going to see a higher pace, bigger bodies, he's going to see that it's harder to get to the net. "He's going to have to make an adjustment".

Even if Patrick was drafted a year ago he would have been nowhere near a top 15 pick so he lucked out here.

"No, not at all", he said. Nico could be the player the Devils need in order to get back into the playoffs. I think he might be a little more offensively dynamic than me, and I think I might be a little more defensive than him.

Fourteen years ago, Grant Marshall made his mark with the Devils after scoring off a rebound in triple overtime to send them to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Nashville Predators said thank you very much when Eeli Tolvanan fell to them.

Those are humble words from a player whom many could argue has the ability to singlehandedly take over a game.

Cody Glass played in a youth hockey tournament in Las Vegas when he was 10. "He's obviously who I look up to". He will still need to develop and is a year or two out of the National Hockey League but will make an impact as soon as he arrives in #Las Vegas.

"And all my teammates, I played with some unreal guys with Morgan Klimchuk, Jayce Hawryluk, Tanner Kaspick, Kale Clague ..."



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