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Becomes first number one draft pick from Switzerland

Becomes first number one draft pick from Switzerland”

Well, I think it has to be, and especially so for the NHL franchise which chooses to select him at the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft.

In the wake of Vegas' expansion draft, New Jersey is on the clock with the No. 1 pick of the amateur draft beginning Friday night at the United Center.

Defenseman Cale Makar is expected to be a top-10 pick-and potentially be the highest-drafted college player. "They have the sense and the instincts that make other players better, and there's competitive fire in both players". He is more mature than the average 18 year old, he has future captain written all over him.

But Hischier is listed at 6-foot-2 and 179 pounds, and will need to put on more muscle to succeed in the National Hockey League. His father, Steve Patrick, played 250 games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in the 1980s.

In two years with the Capitals he has 59 goals and 48 assists (107 points) in 148 games.

Patrick, in my opinion, would be better suited to leadership and success on a team like New Jersey. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Winnipeg native notched 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games last season.

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"I didn't play one game this year feeling myself and being 100 percent", Patrick said, "so I just need a good summer to get back to where I need to be". With scouts finding similarities between his game and Henrik Zetterberg and Joe Pavelski, it might prove hard to keep him out of the lineup. “Especially as they always look back, theres always one or two Hall of Famers in every draft. If he proves to be an essential ingredient in maybe bringing a Stanley Cup to Washington, they certainly won't complain about maybe having to deal with a bad contract in five or six years.

As it turns out, Florida could be a good landing spot for the natural goal scorer. Plus, they're a little thin down the right side at the moment, and Tippett's ability to play either wing is a plus. His hallmark is his passing, and he's got a good shot.

Vegas added Owen Sound centre Nick Suzuki with the 13th overall pick and defenceman Erik Brannstrom two picks later. He needs work defensively, like most youngplayers. He's more of a pass-first player than a shoot-first player, but he doesn't seem to lean on one single tendency within games - which makes him tough to anticipate in the offensive zone and creates headaches for defenders.

Meanwhile, some high-end talents have a path for the 2017-18 campaign set up.

Patrick was joined by fellow prospects Gabriel Vilardi of Kingston, Ontario, and Casey Mittelstadt from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in a pregame ceremony. Miro Heiskanen of Finland is the No. 1 European blue-liner on the NHL's draft prospect rankings.

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