Swiss-born Nico Hischier makes history, goes No. 1 to Devils

Top NHL draft prospect makes ceremonial pitch at Wrigley

Top NHL draft prospect makes ceremonial pitch at Wrigley

Patrick is also an underrated passer and has a dynamic wrist shot.

The New Jersey Devils used the first overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft to select center Nico Hischier.

The Flyers selected Brandon Wheat Kings center Nolan Patrick with the second pick.

Last season, Schenn, fresh off a new contract, finished second on the Flyers with 25 goals and third with 55 points.

"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". "There are no words to describe it".

Button called Patrick a "very smart player". Miro Heiskanen of Finland is the No. 1 European blue-liner on the NHL's draft prospect rankings.

When Patrick is on the ice, it is hard to argue against the notion that he is the most talented and complete player in the 2017 draft class.

He missed much of last season in the youth ranks thanks to a misdiagnosed sports hernia. As a CCM-affiliated athlete, Nico will play and train in CCM equipment, participate in the brand's many community-based initiatives and be featured in product marketing campaigns throughout the year.

Each year the NHL picks three or four prospects to be the unofficial faces of the NHL Entry Draft. Adversity at this age doesn't hurt. Chernomaz played seven seasons in the pros, but just 51 games over that span.

Patrick battled injuries last season in Brandon but still had 20 goals and 26 assists in 33 games.

He didn't disappoint, tallying 38 goals and 48 assists in 57 games.

"It's kind of nerve-wrecking because you don't know where you're going to go", he said. "Kelly McCrimmon was huge for me in helping me to develop as a player".

"I think anytime time you move away from home, it's a little bit of a learning experience", he said. He's so big, so strong, with great hockey sense, and he's totally unselfish. Jordan Papirny, all awesome guys who supported me through everything. I think that might have helped me now. Patrick's father and his maternal and paternal uncles each played in the National Hockey League. It also has two selections in the fifth and sixth.

"When I came in, I said to ownership, we have to get younger, we have to get more assets and that was not going to happen overnight, but that is OK", Shero said. "We have some really good issues to raise". It's wasn't a rivalry for us at all. "But I am excited to go to St. Louis". Maker, a defenceman who models his game after Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, became the highest player ever drafted from the Alberta Junior Hockey League - surpassing Joe Colborne who went 16th to Boston in 2008. That's awesome for him.

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