The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Monday that they signed second overall pick, Nolan Patrick to a three-year entry-level contract worth 925,000 per season.
Patrick, who the Flyers chose with the number two pick, after their division rivals, the New Jersey Devils nabbed Nico Hischier with the first overall selection, put up 20 goals and 26 assists in 33 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League this past season.
Patrick missed 39 games during the season, including the WHL Playoffs, with a sports hernia. He underwent surgery for the injury on June 13, holding him out of the Flyers Development Camp this past week.
Patrick said, “This is the first time in a while that I will be completely healthy. My injury was bugging me all season. I will be back on the ice next week and I am excited.”
Regarding the surgery he added, “If I had waited any longer it would take two weeks off my training. When the doctor told me, `It needs to be done’, I told him, OK I will get it done right away, `When can we do it?’”
Patrick went on to say, the doctor told him to go home for a couple of days and then return. He said, “I went home on Friday, came back on Monday and had it done on Tuesday morning. I am feeling great, really happy I got it done.”
Patrick’s father, Steve was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 20th overall, of the 1980 National Hockey League Entry Draft. His uncle James, patrolled the blueline in 1,280 NHL games between the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames and Sabres, between 1983 and 2004.
Flyers general manager, Ron Hextall said that he expects the 18-year old center to be ready for the start of Flyers training camp in September. The Devils inked Hischier to his three-year, entry-level deal just two days earlier on Saturday.