Devils select Hischier with first overall draft pick

Top NHL draft prospect makes ceremonial pitch at Wrigley

He had 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 67 Ontario Hockey League games this season. As part of this strategy, the brand seeks partnerships with up-and-coming NHL stars who become outstanding role models for younger, aspiring hockey players at all levels around the world. 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.

Center Nolan Patrick is ready to put this season behind him and focus on his future with the Philadelphia Flyers after they selected him with the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas on Friday. And yet, Patrick still scored 20 goals for the Wheat Kings with 46 points. NY got the No. 7 pick in a trade with Arizona and selected center Lias Andersson, whose father Niklas played in the league. The Sabres drafted Casey Mittelstadt, a center who won Minnesota's coveted Mr. Hockey Award as a baby-faced standout at Eden Prairie High School.

Considering the centers that Philadelphia now maintains on their roster, it's nearly guaranteed that either Patrick or Hischier will be moved to the left wing. He is a well-rounded, two-way, power center with surprising speed.

The Golden Knights announced two more trades Thursday, running their total to 13 selections for this year's draft.

A little bit later, he was back at the podium to make another first-round pick in the National Hockey League draft.

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Patrick went second overall to the rival Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers entered the draft knowing they would get a potential superstar in either Patrick or Nico Hischier, and Patrick somewhat surprisingly fell into their lap.

When Patrick is on the ice, it is hard to argue against the notion that he is the most talented and complete player in the 2017 draft class. The two day draft begins Friday. Almost 2 1/2 hours passed before the Blackhawks and Stars struck the first draft deal. He had a pair of hernia surgeries since the end of last season.

The Calgary Flames selected defenceman Juuso Valimaki 16th overall while the Toronto Maple Leafs used No. 17 to take another blue liner, Timothy Liljegren of Sweden. Chicago took 18-year-old defenseman Henri Jokiharju from Portland of the WHL. If you prefer a creative offensive mind, Hischier is your guy. He is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, and regarded as a "smart and skilled center with a very good offensive hockey sense - excellent vision and anticipation to quickly take advantage of opportunities", according to Central Scouting.

Finally, they will pick 196th (from Tampa Bay) and 199th.

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