Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Nolan Patrick (C)
Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 199 pounds Shoots: Right
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 North American skater
Kennedy says: “A rash of injuries in the past year and a half kept the Nolan Patrick Watch in limbo a lot, though he did compete in the CHL Top Prospects Game this season.
“A late birthday who missed the 2016 draft cutoff by days, he’ll come into the NHL as a 19-year-old and has the size and two-way game to earn his keep. 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.
“Both his dad (Steve Patrick) and uncle (James Patrick) played in the NHL and Nolan is a safe bet to continue the lineage.”
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