Devils select Swiss center Nico Hischier with No. 1 pick

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Hischier was healthy and put up an astounding total of 86 points and 38 goals in 57 games. "Excited to have you!", said Devils forward Taylor Hall on Twitter. "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".

Most scouts think Patrick is NHL-ready because of his size and maturity. "That's something that you can't really pass up and I'm very happy with my decision". So they wanted him. "I studied the game, where players go on the ice and things". "I know they believe in me and I'm going to prove them right". Injuries limited him to just 33 games last season. He can score - he had 102 points in 2015-16 - and he can play the defensive game. His father, Steve Patrick, played 250 games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in the 1980s. Forward Ilya Kovalchuk returned to play in Russian Federation after the following season.

The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, got the playmaking centre they were looking in Swedish pivot Elias Pettersson. He's a big, strong guy, got a heavy stick.

"I just had a good season at Halifax, and I just tried to keep it up to the end of the season", Hischier said.

Tallon, 66, was a Hawks defenseman for five of his 10 National Hockey League seasons, then was a radio and TV analyst for the organization for 16 years before joining the front office in 1998 as director of player personnel.

While suspense and analysis was needed for pick #13, the second pick is all but certain to be Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier depending on who the Devils take first overall. A speedy centre who compares his game to Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele, Glass posted 32 goals and 94 points in 69 games previous year for the Portland Winter Hawks. Glass traveled from his hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Las Vegas for a summer hockey tournament. His Junior Steelers team finished a disappointing second.

"I think anytime time you move away from home, it's a little bit of a learning experience", he said.

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

The first round of the 2017 NHL Draft begins Friday night at the United Center in Chicago.

The Chicago Blackhawks re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin to complete the blockbuster deal.

Other Friday flurries saw Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta sent to Arizona for the seventh overall pick.

It seems like only yesterday that Nolan Patrick first stepped onto Junior hockey's stage.

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