Flyers draft Nolan Patrick with second pick in 2017 NHL draft

But unlike other drafts in which the first and second picks went to separate conferences, Hischier and Patrick will play each other five times a year since the Devils and Flyers play in the same division.

The draft did see a record number of Finnish first rounders (six) as well as the highest ever pick from France, Alexandre Texier. Even with all of the injuries, Patrick put up 20 goals and 46 points in 33 games with Brandon this season. He was a one-man show, scoring four goals and seven points in five games, and almost led Switzerland to an upset over the United States in the quarterfinal stage.

The Devils were far from the worst team last season.

Devils general manager Ray Shero said the club nailed down their choice for the top pick in the last week to 10 days. But some did better than others Friday, so let's break down which came away as winners, and which get the dreaded losers label. In the months leading up to the draft, Hischier said he did not allow himself to consider where he could be selected. Chicago took Patrick Kane first overall. He should line up as the second centre behind captain Claude Giroux.

To the surprise of nobody, the Philadelphia Flyers took the player that fell to them at the top of the 2017 NHL Draft. With incredible hands and the ability to make plays, several teams told me that it was Vilardi's questionable skating that held them back from pulling the trigger on him. Right now I'm just going to enjoy it with my friends and family and then get back to work. "And then as soon as I stepped here in the ice rink, my pulse went up and stayed there. You don't see too much of that in Winnipeg".

Glass, a 6-foot-2 center, tallied 94 points in 64 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. I did as much as I could, but I wasn't pouting about it. Scouts are unanimous in predicting Patrick will play this season in the National Hockey League. If it's the former, Patrick could become a core player in the organization for years to come. Defensemen Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall to Dallas) and UMass-bound Cale Makar (No. 4 to Colorado) and right winger Owen Tippett (No. 10 to Florida) were the only exceptions. Here are some of his highlights from a year ago in the Swedish Hockey League to give some context to those labels. They've got to be top players for us and help us win. The same goes for Patrick in Philadelphia, where they already have Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, and Jakub Voracek.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made a swap with the Arizona Coyotes, sending their No. 44, No. 75 and No. 108 picks in exchange for the No. 35 selection.

The Golden Knights also had two extra picks thanks to expansion draft trades, and used them on center Nick Suzuki (No. 13) and defenseman Erik Brannstrom (No. 15). "At one point I was sitting there waiting for my name to be called and my hands were shaking and I got picked by Vegas and now it's a huge opportunity for me". "It doesn't really matter to me", he said.

After the Hischier pick, things became a little less exciting at the United Center last night.

Klim Kostin, another Russian who topped the NHL's European rankings heading into the draft, slid to the Blues at 31st overall - the pick coming by way of a trade with Pittsburgh.

Overall, it was a draft that lacked hype and star power, but that didn't mean it lacked drama.

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets trade: Chicago re-acquired forward Brandon Saad from Columbus for forward Artemi Panarin.

Another by-the-books pick. Injuries cost Nolan the top spot, but he'll be good if the Flyers can keep him healthy.

Jordan Eberle was dealt from Edmonton a day earlier. Valimaki put up 19 goals and 42 assists in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans.

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