Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

Cody Glass, third from right, wears a Vegas Golden Knights jersey after being selected by the team in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Chicago.

The New Jersey Devils ended a mystery Friday night as the National Hockey League draft finally took centre stage. The Devils selected Nico Hischier with the first overall pick, allowing Patrick to fall to the Flyers. He sustained a sport 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.

Hischier came to the Mooseheads previous year via the CHL import draft with the promise that he was a likely first-round pick in 2017. They're close friends and have been talking regularly in the weeks leading up to this draft.

"It's kind of nerve-wrecking because you don't know where you're going to go", he said.

Rounds two through seven will take place Saturday.

"You never want to be injured, especially during your draft year", he said. He went and I was happy for him. "I have worn CCM gear for a long time".

There, the #Philadelphia Flyers made him their future franchise center on Friday night. He had 30 points in 24 games, and if the Gamblers had a little bit more luck while Mittelstadt was playing high school hockey, he could have been playing for a Clark Cup.

"There are some good centers, some good wingers", Hextall said.

Patrick went second to the Flyers, adding a pair of potential stars to an already packed Metro Division for the Islanders and Rangers.

The top-ranked North American defenseman is Cole Makar from the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Hischier is the best fantasy forward in the draft - he's creative, shifty and smart, with a great vision and a sharp, accurate shot.

Per Dater, NHL scout Paul Henry believes Patrick is bound to be a legitimate superstar at the next level: "I don't see any vulnerability or weakness in his game".

Considering the top six prospects according to NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings are all centers, the small possibility that the Flyers might have gone a different direction for positional needs is virtually null. He missed a big chunk of this season due to injury but still has enough of a body of work to stand out among his peers.Another strong point for Patrick is he emerged as an on-ice leader for the Wheaties from a young age. "I think they will be one of the more exciting teams in the Eastern Conference moving forward".

The top picks have also been some of the NHL's elite players as four of the past five Hart Trophy (MVP) winners were taken at No. 1 overall.

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