It was announced on Monday that the Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms with 2017 second overall pick Nolan Patrick, bringing him on board with the club on a three-year, entry-level deal.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Patrick was initially expected to go first overall in the 2017 draft class, but an injury-riddled draft-eligible season and a breakout year for eventual first overall pick Nico Hischier resulted in Patrick’s drop to the Flyers.
Despite his injury struggles, though, the 18-year-old forward had a strong 2016-17 campaign with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings when healthy. He was able to put up 20 goals and 46 points in just 33 regular-season games, well in keeping with his 102 points in 72 games the year prior to gaining league-wide attention.
The deal comes during yet another period off the ice for Patrick. Although the summer would have largely been for training camps and offseason skating, the forward has been recovering from abdominal surgery performed on June 13th.
He’s expected to return to the ice in the coming week, getting a chance to try and get ready for the upcoming preseason camps with the Flyers.
Despite his injuries, he’s expected to be a promising part of Philadelphia’s offensive future. As a result, he’s joined the growing number of 2017 first-round picks that have already been inked to entry-level deals with their respective clubs; although he could return to Brandon for another season, this enables him to skate with the Flyers if the team so wishes.