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Flyers draft Nolan Patrick with second pick in 2017 NHL draft

25 June 2017

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.

Other top 20 picks included Czech center Martin Necas (No. 12, Carolina Hurricanes), Finnish blue-liners Juuso Valimaki (No. 16, Calgary Flames) and Urho Vaakanainen (No. 18, Boston Bruins), American center Joshua Norris (No. 19, San Jose Sharks) and Canadian center Robert Thomas (No. 20, St. Louis Blues).

The NHL Draft was first held in 1963 and allows teams from the league select available young players to add to their squad. Of course, he's nowhere close to being able to or even wanting to admit that. Sushko scored 17 goals in 54 games with Owen Sound in the OHL last season. I'm just going to try to play my game and contribute as much as I can.

It's not as if he is on his way out.

The Winnipeg Jets will draft 24th in the first round.

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The Blackhawks stirred the crowd by having Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane announce their pick at No. 29.

Although there are a number of good players available in this year's draft, there is no hype surrounding players as there was for Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid or most recently, Auston Matthews. I'm really happy I am here.

But his teen hockey years haven't been so easy.

The Devils were far from the worst team last season.

The Blues add a playmaker in Schenn, who had 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points in 79 games last season.

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It's the first year 31 teams will draft, as the league has welcomed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. You can't judge a player who, for three months, wasn't as good as he should be. "Adversity at this age is good". I've got the summer to get where I need to be.

With most prognosticators figuring the obviously selection would be centre Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks, Canucks GM Jim Benning opted instead for centre Elias Pettersson, a 6-foot-2, 161-pound beanpole from Timra IK.

But that should be Sean Couturier's dominion. or maybe Lehtera's, now. or Val Filppula? Yeah, the Flyers hope he turns into him. The same goes for Patrick in Philadelphia, where they already have Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, and Jakub Voracek. They wanted him and it's not like I'm sitting here mad wishing I went to Jersey. That's the kind of second line that might make the occasional or even frequent coverage error, but from an offensive standpoint is nearly vital for this team to develop.

Despite that, Patrick is confident in his health heading toward his rookie season. Colaiacovo played in the German league previous year. He knows how to play the game. But the lack of balanced scoring has been the club's biggest problem since long before Dave Hakstol was installed behind the bench. Like most players that are his size, he'll need to continue working on his skating if he's going to make it as a top-six forward at the National Hockey League level.

The only question about Patrick that the Flyers might have had was his history of injuries, including sports hernia surgery in 2016.

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"I thought he would go sooner than he did", Hextall said. "Going into next year that's going to be a big part of it. Showing them what I can do and proving to them they made the right pick". "I'm working hard, and then I'll see at training camp".