The Philadelphia Flyers announced that forward Nolan Patrick is listed as week-to-week and will not be ready to start the season. Patrick has been dealing with an upper-body injury, and it has been revealed to be a migraine disorder.
Injury update: Forward Nolan Patrick is listed as week-to-week and will not be ready to start the season. pic.twitter.com/1DKnbO1o3q
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 26, 2019
Patrick has battled injuries throughout his hockey career, including concussions over the past few seasons. This could be related to those issues.
The 21-year-old center has played in 145 games over his first two seasons since being drafted No. 2 overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
With Patrick out, the Flyers will have to figure out a way to maneuver their forward lines.
Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes, Scott Laughton and Connor Bunnaman are four of the healthy centers remaining in camp, with Claude Giroux sliding back to center as an option. Morgan Frost is also on the mend from a groin injury and could possibly be ready for the start of the season.
Last week, prior to a few rounds of cuts, we looked at what the Flyers’ opening night roster could look like without Patrick.
Hopefully this is something Patrick can manage, not only for the Flyers’ sake, but more importantly for his long-term health as well.