The Philadelphia Flyers have made it official: Nolan Patrick has made the opening night roster.
The Flyers added that defenseman Robert Hagg, Philadelphia’s second-round pick in 2013, also made the club.
Nolan turned 19 years old just a couple of weeks ago, three months after getting selected second overall in the NHL Draft.
Of course, the Flyers have made it a point of saying that their prized prospect would not be rushed into the NHL if he wasn’t ready, following a difficult time with injuries for more than a year while playing in junior.
The Flyers open the 2017-18 regular season on the road versus the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. That’s the beginning of a four-game road trip, which includes three games in four nights versus the California teams, the Sharks, Kings, and Ducks.
That should be an interesting welcome to the NHL.