The New Jersey Devils won the draft lottery – thanks to expert Taylor Hall – and with their first overall pick, they selected Nico Hischier. Nolan Patrick went second to the Philadelphia Flyers, and third selection, Miro Heiskanen, went to the Dallas Stars.
In previous years there has been a clear number one rookie (Auston Matthews and prior to that Connor McDavid), however there wasn’t a clear cut favourite between Nolan and Nico. The two rookies have been spending a great amount of time together in the weeks leading up to the draft and there was no animosity between the two as Nico just edged Nolan for the first spot. In doing so, he became the highest ever drafted Swiss player… and some may say it’s destiny.
Full draft results can be found here.
We’re almost at the halfway mark of round two of the playoffs and here’s a quick update of how things are shaping up.
I predicted Blues would win in seven – still possible.
Ducks in six was the prediction and I am prepared to change that to Oilers…
So far the Pens have looked better but don’t rule the Capitals out yet.
Wakey wakey New York, you’re in the damn playoffs!!
Also… Congrats to the New Jersey Devils who will have the first round pick in the 2017 Draft (and Nolan Patrick will likely be heading their way). Hard luck to the Colorado Avalanche who were absolutely atrocious for the entire duration of the season, had an 18% chance of winning the first pick and still did not manage that, so will take the fourth overall pick.