Flyers Select Nolan Patrick With No. 2 Pick

That seemed to be complicated late Friday night, however, when Hextall pulled a stunning trade, swapping young forward scorer Brayden Schenn to St. Louis for veteran Finn center Jori Lehtera, a No. 27 overall draft pick which the Flyers would then use on center prospect Morgan Frost, and a conditional 2018 first-round pick.

"I'm going to do everything I can", Hischier said.

"I know what I can do on the ice", he said. "It is an incredible feeling". "You can't describe it".

After a brief Stan Bowman fakeout, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane - the two draft picks who changed the course of franchise history - announced the pick.

Northjersey.com's Andrew Gross gives his thoughts on Swiss-native Nico Hischier, the Devils' first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in almost three decades, finishing 28-40-14.

Hischier will participate in the Devils summer prospect camp in mid-July and on the agenda this summer for him is to get stronger and add some weight to his 6-foot-1, 179-pound frame.

"I've watched Nolan since he was 15, and the one thing I have consistently seen from him is that in big moments, he's always right there in the middle of things", Button said. Mittelstadt took home Player of the Game honors in that contest after netting a pair of goals.

The centre for the Brandon Wheat Kings was the top-rated draft eligible player by NHL Central Scouting.

The Knights have been the busiest team in hockey, having made 30 selections and 10 trades at the first NHL expansion draft since 2000 earlier in the week. Drafted in 2007, van Riemsdyk played three seasons with the Flyers before being dealt to Toronto, where he has scored 118 goals in 332 games with the Maple Leafs.

The Blackhawks likely acquired a player that will compete for their back-up goaltending job this season as they got Anton Forsberg from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but surprisingly the Blackhawks didn't draft a single goaltender with any of their nine picks. He teamed with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov to form one of the NHL's most potent lines the past couple seasons. They also sent D Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona in exchange for D Connor Murphy and F Laurent Dauphin. The 17-year-old had 20 goals and 53 points through 40 games. With every first overall pick come expectations and it will be up to the Devils to manage them, both their own and those of their fan base.

Capitals: Oshie signs 8-year, $46 million extension CHICAGO - The Washington Capitals have re-signed right winger T.J. Oshie to a $46 million, eight-year contract.

Glass, another 18-year-old forward, had 32 goals and 62 assists in 69 games last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

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