Brandon center Nolan Patrick, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named the top professional prospect in the Canadian Hockey League on Saturday. Patrick was one of three finalists for the Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award, along with Halifax center Nico Hischier and Windsor center Gabriel Vilardi. Hischier is No. 2 in Central Scouting's final ranking, and Vilardi is No. 4. Despite being limited to 33 games because of injuries, Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) had 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) this season. His 1.39 points per game average was 10th in the Western Hockey League. Patrick had sports hernia surgery in July. He was ready for the start of the season but played five games before missing 34 because of an upper-body injury. A lower-body injury sidelined him during Brandon's four-game loss in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Last season, Patrick was fifth in the Western Hockey League with 102 points (41 goals, 61 assists) in 72 games, and then tied for the WHL scoring lead with 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 21 games and was named the playoff MVP. Paul Castron, the director of amateur scouting for the New Jersey Devils, who have the first pick in the 2017 draft, said Patrick's injury issues this season wouldn't preclude the Devils from selecting him.
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Nolan Patrick named top pro prospect in Canadian Hockey League
NHL.com | May 27