2017 NHL Entry Draft

Patrick thinks he can make immediate NHL jump with Flyers

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The New Jersey Devils opted for Nico Hischier over Nolan Patrick, but time will be the ultimate judge in that debate. The Philadelphia Flyers also might see their guy make a more immediate jump to the NHL.

Patrick made it clear: he wants to go straight from the 2017 NHL Draft to training camp to opening night in 2017-18.

“Yeah, I think after a good summer of training, that’s my goal,” Patrick said.

The second pick of the draft noted not just his size, but also his two-way acumen when explaining why he believes he’s ready for the immediate turnaround. Patrick also brings up an interesting point: he’s already experienced three years of junior. He didn’t come out and say it, but the implication would be that his development might stagnate against lesser competition.

MORE: Check out all 31 first-round picks here

CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio got that same sense from Patrick in a one-on-one interview, and noted that the consensus is that he’ll make a difference from Game 1.

Scouts are unanimous in predicting Patrick will play this season in the NHL. He turns 19 during training camp.

One might read the decision to trade Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues as the Flyers’ way of agreeing that Patrick is probably ready, yet GM Ron Hextall wouldn’t just come out and say it. While praising Patrick, Hextall noted that he’ll need to “get to work” and earn a spot.

The odds seem to be in Patrick’s favor, but perhaps it’s better to see him battle for it.

Either way, don’t expect a long wait.

2017 NHL Draft Tracker

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From the United Center in Chicago, it’s the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft!

Click back here throughout the night for all the latest picks, complete with draft profiles, stories and video from tonight’s broadcast on NBCSN.

1. New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier center, QMJHL Halifax (profile)

More: Hischier not caught up in ‘Nico vs. Nolan’ hype

2. Philadelphia Flyers: Nolan Patrick center, WHL Brandon (profile)

More: ‘The media’s pumping it down’ — Patrick rejects notion of weak draft class

3. Dallas Stars: Miro Heiskanen, defenseman, HIFK Finland (profile)

4. Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar, defenseman, AJHL Brooks (profile)

More: D-man Makar makes for compelling prospect

5. Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson, center, SHL Timra IK

6. Vegas Golden Knights: Cody Glass, center, WHL Portland

7. New York Rangers (from Arizona): Lias Andersson, center, SHL HV71

8. Buffalo Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt, center, Eden Prairie HS (profile)

More: Mittelstadt has no regrets after chasing Minnesota high school title

9. Detroit Red Wings: Michael Rasmussen, center, WHL Tri-City

More: Getting drafted by Wings ‘a dream come true’ for Rasmussen

10. Florida Panthers: Owen Tippett, RW, OHL Mississauga (profile)

11. Los Angeles Kings: Gabriel Vilardi, C, OHL Windsor (profile)

More: Gabriel Vilardi deserves your attention

12. Carolina Hurricanes: Martin Necas, center, Czech League Brno

13. Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg): Nick Suzuki, center, OHL Owen Sound

14. Tampa Bay Lightning: Cal Foote, defenseman, WHL Kelowna

15. Vegas Golden Knights (from NY Islanders): Erik Brannstrom, defenseman, SHL SV71

16. Calgary Flames: Juuso Valimaki, defenseman, WHL Tri-City

17. Toronto Maple Leafs: Timothy Liljegren, defenseman, SHL Rogle

18. Boston Bruins: Urho Vaakanainen, defenseman SM-liiga JYP

19. San Jose Sharks: Josh Norris, center, USA U-18 NTDP

20. St. Louis Blues: Robert Thomas, center, OHL London

21. New York Rangers: Filip Chytil, center, Czech League Zlin

22. Edmonton Oilers: Kailer Yamamoto, right wing, WHL Spokane

23. Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota): Pierre-Olivier Joseph, defenseman, QMJHL Charlottetown

24. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus via Vegas): Kristian Vesalainen, right wing, SHL Frolunda

25. Montreal Canadiens: Ryan Poehling, center, St. Cloud State

26. Dallas Stars (from Chicago): Jake Oettinger, goalie, Boston University

27. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues after coming from WashingtonMorgan Frost, center, OHL Sault Ste. Marie

28. Ottawa Senators: Shane Bowers, center, USHL Waterloo

29. Chicago Blackhawks (from Dallas Stars after coming from Anaheim): Henri Jokiharju, defenseman, WHL Portland

30. Nashville Predators: Eeli Tolvani, right wing, USHL Sioux City

31. St. Louis (from Pittsburgh): Klim Kostin, left wing, KHL Dynamo Moscow

Flyers make Nolan Patrick second pick of 2017 NHL Draft

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The Philadelphia Flyers selected Nolan Patrick with the second pick of the 2017 NHL Draft after Nico Hischier went first.

Injuries plagued Patrick’s 2016-17 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings, as he was limited to 46 points in 33 games. His stock was higher after 2015-16, when he generated 102 points in 72 contests.

The general argument between “Nico vs. Nolan” has been that Patrick is the all-around player while Hischier was viewed as more “dynamic.”

The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy joined those who tempered expectations for Patrick (while also praising his abilities) in this draft profile for PHT.

“Patrick is not on the same level as Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, but he does have the pedigree to be a pretty good NHLer – think Aaron Ekblad’s impact, but playing an Eric Staal kind of game.”

Flyers GM Ron Hextall admitted he wasn’t sure which pick would be available at second overall.

Nolan reflects on joining the Flyers in the video below.

Devils take Nico Hischier over Nolan Patrick with first pick

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The New Jersey Devils made Nico Hischier the first pick of the 2017 NHL Draft instead of Nolan Patrick.

Hischier becomes the first Swiss-born player to get selected with the top pick (Nino Niederreiter previously held the mark at fifth overall in 2010). His stock skyrocketed after a strong 2016-17; Hischier generated 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads.

He likely made some serious waves with his dominant play for Switzerland during the World Juniors, too.

Hischier figures to bring some electric play to the Devils lineup, as the Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy’s draft profile can attest.

“Hischier’s skill, hockey IQ and quickness all make him hard to handle in the offensive zone, much like a former Halifax star: Jonathan Drouin.”

We shall see if the Philadelphia Flyers go with Patrick as the second pick or if a surprise comes.

More from Hischier below:

WATCH LIVE: 2017 NHL Draft – the first round

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Will the New Jersey Devils select Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick with the first overall pick? Could another team swoop in and trade for a high choice, whether it be from the Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, or someone else?

On a day of huge, often shocking trades, the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft still has potential to bring more twists and turns.

You can watch another important night in the NHL unfold on NBCSN beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Also, check out PHT’s draft tracker here. Note the current order of selections below.