Well, he knows how to work the microphone.
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nolan Patrick is skating with the Brandon Wheat Kings at camp this week ahead of his first NHL training camp. Patrick took the time to speak with the Wheat Kings’ official website before he travels back to Philadelphia and prepares for camp.
He sounds more than ready for his chance.
“All the pieces are kind of falling together and now it’s just up to me to perform the way that I can and show them that I’m NHL-ready,” Patrick told the Wheat Kings official site. “I’ll get a good couple of skates in this week and some workouts and keep up with that. Hopefully, it will all work out in Philly.”
Patrick has a great chance to make the roster with a good training camp and many expect him to do just that. In fact, we think that Patrick is a near-lock to remain in the National Hockey League this season.
The 18-year-old center struggled through injuries last season and didn’t get his health in order until the Flyers found and corrected a misdiagnosed sports hernia just before the draft. He sees the scenario as kind of a positive now, though.
“It was pretty stressful being hurt that much and just kind of the way it went down and coming back and then leaving and coming back and leaving again,” Patrick said. “It was obviously a tough year for me last year, but I said this all last year, that at the end of the day, going through some adversity like that as a young player doesn’t hurt you; I think it will help me grow as a player.”
Patrick played in an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning for the Wheat Kings in his first game action since March 17th.
“I feel good,” Patrick said after the game. “My body feels 100 percent for the first time in a while so I’m excited. This is my first game playing since I got hurt last year so I’m kind of getting my timing back and getting the legs back.”
If he sounds older than he is, it’s likely because he’s been in the spotlight for a few years now and has adjusted accordingly. He was the top-rated prospect for a while until his injury-riddled season dropped him below Nico Hischier and the Flyers think they lucked out in getting him with the second overall pick.
Patrick feels just as lucky.
“It’s been really good,” Patrick said of his time with the Flyers organization so far. “They didn’t doubt me with my injuries and it’s been really good ever since I’ve been there. I really like the way the team plays and obviously the fans in Philly are unbelievable. I’m really excited to have the chance to try out there.”
Be sure to check out the rest of the article via the Wheat Kings’ official website. We’re glad to have you, Mr. Patrick.
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