Devils select Swiss center Nico Hischier with No. 1 pick

But sports hernia surgery prematurely ended Patrick's most recent season, and now Hischier is going to New Jersey as the first No. 1 pick from Switzerland. "They were a non-playoff team this year, but I'll already go out on the air and say the Philadelphia Flyers will make the playoffs this year and they will be a beast to play against".

If Makar isn't college hockey's top pick, it's expected to be Mittelstadt, who played at Eden Prairie High School last season.

The Winnipeg Jets will draft 24th in the first round. But some did better than others Friday, so let's break down which came away as winners, and which get the dreaded losers label.

The Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils have each taken five UND players since 2000. Patrick went second overall to the Philadelphia Flyers, as both teams continue to retool their rosters.

"When you get that pick, there's a certain amount of pressure and expectation that comes with it", said Devils GM Ray Shero. Now add Zacha, McLeod, Palmieri, and Henrique to the mix, and New Jersey will be scoring a lot more goals and winning a lot more games.

Hope Ryan Poehling's french is in good order after the Montreal Canadiens addressed a need a center by taking him.

Hischier could be that for the Devils.

To go a little deeper, Nolan Patrick is known for his hockey smarts. There are a lot of good players, but no Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews.

As the Devils pick first, the choice will ultimately be out of the hands of the Flyers.

Cody Glass became an instant trivia answer when he became the Vegas Golden Knights first-ever pick.

The Golden Knights also had two extra picks thanks to expansion draft trades, and used them on center Nick Suzuki (No. 13) and defenseman Erik Brannstrom (No. 15). "Me and Nico are completely different players". You could see the potential of this team starting to form.

"While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice". If they draft Patrick, take Hischier. Maybe that's only because Hextall hasn't outright denied it, maintaining all along that he'd "probably" keep his No. 2 overall, which is one of 11 picks the Flyers have in the draft. This only benefits Los Angeles, which wasted no time nabbing Vilardi to add to a prospect pool that's among the thinnest in the league. He is only 6 feet tall but is a very powerful skater and has an unbelievable range with the puck on his stick. For a team picking outside the top 10, the Kings did quite well.

The St. Louis Blue took a smooth center in Robert Thomas.

Recent drafts saw No. 1 overall picks that not only landed in the National Hockey League right away but dominated.

Seven of the top 10 picks were listed as centers.

Whatever you think of Reaves' impact on the game, this was a great night for the Blues.

In the days, weeks, even months leading up to the 2017 draft, the jockeying to be selected in the top spot was between two centres: Hischier, the flashy offensive threat of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Nolan Patrick, the injury-prone star of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Stars used the 26th pick to select Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger.

Morgan Geekie, a centre from Strathclair who plays for the Tri-City Americans, is ranked 45th, up from 50th at mid-term. Hirschier might be a good stepping stone in that direction, even if it hadn't sunk in yet.

There's a ton to like about Rasmussen's game as a 6'6 forward who's comfortable with the puck, solid defensively, and knows how to use his size to win puck battles. The only problem, the Devils didn't pick him.

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