NICO HISCHIER
North American Skater - HALIFAX, QMJHL
Final Rank:2Midterm Rank:2
Position:CenterShoots:Left
Height:6' 1"Weight:176
Born:January 4, 1999Hometown:Naters, Switzerland
Born in:Naters, CHE

• Hischier – who looks to become the highest-drafted Swiss player in NHL history (Nino Niederreiter: 5th overall by NYI in 2010) – led QMJHL rookies with 38-48—86 in 57 games this season and added 3-4—7 in six playoff contests. He was named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s Best Professional Prospect.

• His 2016-17 totals include a 3-3—6 performance on Oct. 26 in which he set a Halifax Mooseheads record for points in a game by a rookie.

• Representing Switzerland as a 16-year-old at the 2016 World Junior Championship, Hischier was the second-youngest player at the event, recording two assists in six games. He took on a larger role with the team in 2017, pacing all 2017 NHL Draft-eligible skaters with 4-3—7 in five games.

• Hischier made his professional hockey debut in 2015-16 at age 16 when he skated in each of the top two leagues in Switzerland, including a 15-game stint alongside his older brother, Luca, with eventual National League A champion SC Bern.

• Playing with Bern’s junior team in the 2016 playoffs, Hischier averaged a point per game – including a league-leading eight assists (tied) – to help his team win the championship. He also won a title with the under-17 team in 2014-15 after pacing all skaters with 28-33—61 during the regular season.

• Compares his style of play to former NHL forward Pavel Datsyuk.

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2016-2017HALIFAXQMJHL5738488624
2016-2017Switzerland (2017 WJC Championships)NATOUR54372
2016-2017SUI (2017 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR51560
2016-2017SUI U20 (4-Nations tournament in Dresden 2016)ITLTOUR31122
2016-2017SUI U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2016)ITLTOUR31122
2015-2016BERN JR.SWISS-JR.181117286
2015-2016BERNSWISS151012
2015-2016VISPSWISS-271120
2015-2016SWITZERLAND (2016 WJC Championships) ITLTOUR60220
2015-2016SUI (2016 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR51340
2015-2016SUI U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2015)ITLTOUR43362
2015-2016SUI U18 (2016 Vlado Dzurilla Tournament)ITLTOUR20002
2014-2015BERN U17SWISS JR. U17222833612
2014-2015BERN JR.SWISS-JR.111122
2014-2015SUI (2015 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR51010
2013-2014VISP U17SWISS JR. U17223245774
2013-2014BERN U17SWISS JR. U1721230