Nico Hischier, the Devils' No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, garnered high praise from another legendary athlete from Switzerland. Tennis great Roger Federer was asked about Hischier following his second-round match on Thursday at the U.S. Open, and while Federer praised Hischier, the 19-time grand slam winner said Hischier still has his toughest work ahead of him. Here is Federer's full comment on Hischier from Jeff Eisenband of The Post Game: "I mean, look, we're happy in Switzerland that we have such a great hockey player in the starting blocks who is hopefully going to be a great, great player. Hope he stays healthy. I'm only hearing great things about him. He's a good guy. Unbelievably talented. People predict a great future ahead of him. "I had the same. It's always easy to predict. But he's the guy who has to put in the work and be the guy who does it every single night on the ice. That's the tough thing about it. It's always easy for people to talk, predict you're going to be world No. 1, best goal-scorer. Doesn't matter. You have to put your head down and just work as hard as you possibly can, have a great entourage around you. If he has any questions, I'm always happy to help. I'm happy he can be around here in New York. Amazing place. Not far from Switzerland, to be honest. It's a short flight for a tennis player. He can still go back sometimes. But I wish him all the very best. Haven't met him yet. I hope to meet him someday."
Roger Federer's advice for Devils' No. 1 pick Nico Hischier
Newark Star-Ledger | Sep 1