Over the weekend, Nico Hischier was signed to his first professional contract, an entry-level deal with the New Jersey Devils. The second overall pick, Nolan Patrick, was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an entry level contract on Monday, the team announced.
Patrick averaged more than a point per-game with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in just 33 games last season for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He missed 39 games, including the WHL Playoffs, due to injury.
His contract is set to the same bonuses and price range as Hischier, according to the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) July 17, 2017
Patrick is recovering from offseason surgery on June 13, which required 4-6 weeks of recovery time. He did not participate in any on-ice activity at Development Camp, but he did participate at the Trial on the Isle. Patrick was out having a great time with his teammates and interacting with the fans, young and old.
He will likely have a good shot at making the opening night roster and could slot in at the team’s third line at center, but don’t be surprised to see him make a jump once he’s completely healthy. Patrick was the consensus No. 1 choice leading up to the draft until fears about his injury made him drop to the Flyers at No. 2. Patrick will get the chance to play alongside his Wheat Kings teammate in Ivan Provorov. The two players excelled in Brandon and were big components to the team’s success.
The future is bright in Philadelphia and Nolan Patrick is just the beginning of the chance in times.
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