Nolan Patrick, a potential No. 1 overall pick on Friday at the National Hockey League draft in Chicago, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before Wednesday's game between the Cubs and Padres. The Devils franchise hasn't picked first since its days as the Colorado Rockies, when the team selected Rob Ramage first overall in 1979.
The decision to select Hischier wasn't easy but general manager Ray Shero is confident he is the player New Jersey needs down the middle for the foreseeable future. "It'd be an honor (to go first overall), but at the end of the day I don't care if I go one, two, three, four".
Because first-round picks Tyson Jost and Brock Boeser turned pro in the offseason, UND won't have a first-round pick on the team's roster this season if Mismash goes in the second round.
He's going to see at least bottom four minutes which isn't bad for a defenseman of his caliber, he can help shut down players and notch in some points here and there so a fifth-round pick two years from now isn't a bad cost for the club.
The St. Louis Blues sent forward Jori Lehtera and two draft picks to Philadelphia for Brayden Schenn, and also traded physical forward Ryan Reaves to the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.
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A week ago, Patrick said he was looking forward to getting the draft over and done with as well. He's more of a pass-first player than a shoot-first player, but he doesn't seem to lean on one single tendency within games - which makes him tough to anticipate in the offensive zone and creates headaches for defenders. I think if you draft Nolan Patrick, you're drafting his body of work, (including) the 30-some games he played this year. But its a good problem to have..
Forwards Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier, Casey Mittelstadt and Cody Glass and defensemen Cale Makar and Miro Heiskanen are among the most coveted prospects.
Hischier, who has a competitive drive to be a difference maker every time he is on the ice, was named the Canadian Hockey League's rookie of the year last month after scoring 86 points in 57 games. "It doesn't matter to me, which one".
This year's top pick won't be a Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, Shero said. "I don't think we are, as I told you guys before, but I'm not going to sit here and tell anyone who we're taking or give anyone enough hints to say who we're taking". But depending on how many names fall, we think "OK, 44, there's half a dozen names left that we like and there's eight picks between us and them", then maybe we can move back a little bit.
The Devils have missed the playoffs for five straight years, so they need an influx of talent.
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