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.
Patrick thinks he can make immediate NHL jump with Flyers
Pro Hockey Talk | Jun 24