Nolan Patrick, C
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Drafted: 1st round 2017 2nd overall PHI
April 2018 – April 2018 – Don’t let his season totals fool you, barring injury Nolan Patrick is going places. He will likely be learning more than anything else in his first Stanley Cup Playoff run however he has the combination of skills and upside that the Flyers hoped for when they drafted him. While his 30 points may seem indicative of an uneventful campaign, Patrick finished the season on a stronger note with 21 points in 32 games. Move him up your Fall draft boards accordingly. Edric Joseph
March 2018 – Brace yourselves, it seems that Nolan Patrick has awoken the sleeping fantasy hockey giant within. While a Calder Trophy is likely out of his reach, a berth on the All-Rookie team seems within his grasp if he can finish the season on a strong note. He is well on his way to doing so with five points in his last six games. Patrick can make for a nice depth option in one-year leagues and it is a given that he should be owned in all dynasty formats. Edric Joseph
December 2017 – With Nolan Patrick’s recent struggles in adapting to the NHL, it is easy for people to panic. At 19, it is common for people to start speculating about what went wrong with his career. Through all the underachieving to date, GM Ron Hextall remains optimistic, as well he should given what a healthy Patrick was able to do in the WHL for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He can be a real force down the middle for the team, and Flyers fans would do well to exercise some patience as it can pay off the way it did in good time. If they need evidence, they don’t need to look far with other Flyers forwards such as Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier whom did not blossom immediately either. Edric Joseph
November 2017 – Due to an upper-body ailment, Nolan Patrick has missed seven games and counting. He is however expected to return to practicing with the team shortly and even travel with his comrades as they clash with the Wild and the Jets in an upcoming road trip. Naturally he has added incentive to get a clean bill of health in short order as he originally hails from the Winnipeg area. Edric Joseph
July 2017 – Nolan Patrick successfully underwent abdominal surgery. He was unavailable for the on-ice component of the during the Flyers’ development camp as he was still recovering at the time, but come training camp it will be all systems go for the number two draft pick this past June. Players like Patrick in the fold made it much easier to part with the likes of Brayden Schenn when the opportunity presented itself to GM Ron Hextall on draft day. Edric Joseph
February 2017 – Nolan Patrick has been the consensus top-ranked prospect for the 2017 NHL draft since day one. He has the size and skill down the middle that all NHL teams covet. There are no weaknesses to his game; he has excellent hands and puck skills. He is equally adept at making plays and passes as he is shooting and finishing. His skating is strong with good mobility, balance and a formidable top speed. He plays well in all three zones and is strong on draws, and shows leadership and maturity. Patrick is strong in all categories scouts are looking for but does not really have any elite assets, a jack of all trades but a master of none. Peter Harling
Fantasy Outlook: A+
First line center potential if not a franchise player.
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