THE NIGHT THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD PART TWO – NOLAN PATRICK
Last Saturday night Flyers fans were watching the Phantoms try to stay alive in their first round AHL series against the Hershey Bears. When the season was over for the Flyers, many of their fans turned to the Phantoms making the playoffs to keep their enjoyment of the game alive. The Flyers had another disappointing season, but their AHL franchise was still alive. Future Flyers were still playing hockey and that was enough to keep their interest peaked.
The Phantoms took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first period. In between periods, the NHL held the lottery for this year’s entry draft. Flyers fans were ho-hum about it as they had a meager 2.2% chance of winning the lottery.
The first two picks went as expected. When the Flyers card, at 13th, was turned over, the logo on the card was that of the Winnipeg Jets. Flyers social media exploded. The Flyers had moved into the top 3 of the draft.
New Jersey ended up with the 1st pick card which meant Flyers would pick 2nd. After a lackluster season filled with frustration about players and roster decisions this was the jolt fans had dreamed about.
Ron Hextall said that he jumped off his couch when he saw what happened.
We first examined if the Devils selected Nolan Patrick which would have meant the Flyers would have taken Nico Hischier. Now we assume the Devils pick Hischier and therefore the Flyers would take Nolan Patrick.
WITH THE NUMBER 2 PICK THE FLYERS SELECT – Nolan Patrick!!!
Weight: 198 pounds
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
2017 Stats: Games: 33 Goals: 20 Assists: 26 Points: 46 +/-: +9
2016 Stats: Games: 72 Goals: 41 Assists: 61 Points: 102 +/-: +51
- 2014/15 Rookie of Year.
- 2014/15 Most goals by Rookie
- 2015/16 Most points playoffs Playoff MVP. WHL champion.
- Drafted 2013 4th overall CHL draft
- Future Considerations – 1st
- NHL Central Scouting – 1st
- Mckeen’s Hockey – 1st
- Hockey Prospects dot Com – 1st
- ISS Hockey – 1st
Patrick, when healthy, is able to dominate play. In his sophomore season, as a 17-year old, he scored 41 goals and 102 points while putting his superior two-way game on full display with a +/- of 51; 3rd best in the WHL. He was a key to Brandon winning the WHL championship that year.
Unfortunately, he missed much of the 2016/17 regular season and playoffs due to multiple injuries. This is the major knock on Patrick. He has suffered injuries since he was 13. He has broken his collarbone twice, had surgery for a sports hernia and missed the playoffs for an undisclosed lower body injury.
Patrick is the type of big, strong two-way center the Flyers organization gravitates towards. To complement his physical abilities, Patrick possesses on ice vision that is superior for such a young man. In addition, he displays a level of maturity way beyond his 18 years and he is a tremendous competitor who never gives up on the play.
“The right-shot center is as dangerous a passer as he is a shooter, and has great hockey sense.” Mike Morreale from NHL.Com
He has made marked improvements in his skating, mobility and strength which allows him to blow by or through defenders. At 6’3, 200 lbs, Patrick is a big and strong young man who maximizes his physical abilities to go into and win board battles. Emerging with the puck, he can explode at the net or use his deft passing skills hit a teammate in stride for a scoring chance.
“Exceptional two-way forward that can play all three zones & wins a ton of puck battles” ISS Hockey
He is just as good as a goal scorer or a playmaker. He has very good hands and a high end hockey IQ/sense. He does everything well. He plays a complete 200 foot game. Some have referred to him as “Jonathan Toews lite”.
Patrick is the prototypical Flyer. He is a big, strong center who plays a physical game and is more than willing to drop the gloves. There is no doubt he will be an NHL impact player. It is easy to see him driving the top line in the not too distant future.
Patrick is a complete player. He excels in all three zones, is a powerful finisher utilizing an explosive and accurate shot, and is also a terrific passer who holds the puck until just the right moment to find his spot.
“A lethal combo of size, speed and skill; plays a power game and possesses one of the most well-rounded skill sets in the CHL…has great wheels and is able to surprise with his speed…hands and ability to protect the puck is high end…plays very responsibly with the puck, but also makes something happen each time he possesses it…uses his strength and reach to guard the puck, driving his way around the offensive zone…a heads-up, confident passer…has a sharp release on his wrist shot and is capable of beating a goaltender from anywhere in the offensive zone.” Future Considerations
Without a doubt, he would be a great fit on the Flyers roster and would be a fan favorite for years to come. If he is the Flyers pick, he will be an exciting addition to a lackluster roster of late.