1. IT'S NOLAN
After two months worth of hype the moment finally arrived and Nolan Patrick, NHL Central Scouting's No. 1 rated prospect, is officially a Philadelphia Flyer.
"I'm happy -- I'm really happy I went here," said Patrick moments after being selected by GM Ron Hextall. "I've been there a few times, and it's obviously a great sports place. I like the way the team plays, and hopefully I can fit into that."
The Flyers had Patrick come to the team's practice facility for a visit and any questions as to his injuries from last year were made clear. The result was that the club couldn't be happier to have him a part of the future.
"There's some stuff out there that they [team doctors] wanted to prove wrong, we did," said Hextall. "I believe that Nolan is a very great young man. You can ask Ivan [Provorov] about him. Really good young man, works hard, and wants to be a National Hockey League player and we couldn't be more excited to have him on board."
As for this upcoming season, Patrick made his intentions clear when asked if he could crack the Flyers roster come Fall.
"Yeah, I think after a good summer of training, that's my goal. I just try to look at everything in my control that I can do, and I'm going to do everything I can to make it… I'm just going to try to play my game and contribute as much as I can. Obviously I think the Flyers have a really good team."