The Number 2 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft has signed his contract with the team that drafted him.
Center Nolan Patrick signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
“Every kid growing up wants to play in the NHL and that’s been my goal since I was super young,” Patrick said this month (h/t NHL.com).
“I don’t set too many goals for myself, but three years ago I wanted to play in the NHL my first year eligible so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Patrick had 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season but missed 39 games, including the WHL playoffs.
Patrick underwent surgery for a sports hernia on June 13th. Patrick was unable to participate in development camp, which ended July 12.
“This will be the first time in a while that I will be completely healthy,” Patrick said on July 7th.
“My injury was bugging me all season. … I’ll be back on the ice next week and I’m excited.”
“If I waited any longer it would take two weeks off my training,” he said of having surgery. “… When the doctor told me, ‘It needs to be done,’ I told him, ‘OK, I’ll get it done right away, when can we do it?’ He said, ‘Go home [to Winnipeg] for a couple days and come back.’ I went home on a Friday, came back on a Monday and had it Tuesday morning. I’m feeling great, really happy I got it done. …
“I’ve been watching some film they were showing us this morning and drills to do. I was watching the drills today. It’s something I can take back and do some of them at home with my skills coach and things I can do here. There’s a lot to learn, and I’m going to learn as much as I can. I’d like to take part in the on-ice stuff, but it is what it is.”