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2017 NHL Draft: Day 1

Follow along with Day 1 of the draft as the Flyers pick #2 overall.

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With the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Flyers selected center Morgan Frost from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

Below are news, notes & analysis on Frost:

Video: Hear from Flyers 27th overall pick Morgan Frost

Below are news, notes & analysis on Frost:

MORGAN FROST

POSITION: Center

TEAM: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL

BIRTHDATE: May 14, 1999

BIRTHPLACE: Aurora, Ontario

VITALS: 5'11", 173 pounds

SHOOTS: Left

Video: Flyers draft F Morgan Frost No. 27

KEY NOTES

  • He recorded 20 goals and 42 assists for 62 points in 67 games for Sault Ste. Marie in his second season with the club, which ranked him fourth on the team in overall scoring.
  •  His 62 points were a 35-point improvement from his rookie season in 2015-16, where he posted 27 points (7g-20a) in 65 games.
  • During the regular season, he helped the Greyhounds to a 48-16-3-1 record and a first-place finish in the West Division, ranking fourth on the team in scoring.
  • He added eight points (2g-6a) in 11 playoff games, which finished third on the team in scoring.
  • Prior to joining the Greyhounds, he won a bronze medal with OMHA Black by recording eight points (1g-7a) in five games at the 2015 OHL Gold Cup.
  • Frost was ranked 31st among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings.

 

ANALYSIS

NHL Central Scouting on Frost:

"Smart and skilled center with a very good offensive hockey sense. Excellent vision and anticipation to quickly take advantage of opportunities… He has a heads up game to evade checking pressure and shows a consistent two-way effort." 

"He is creative with the puck to set up plays and generates scoring chances. He has very good puck skills to execute passes in traffic and while he's being checked."

Video: Flyers select Nolan Patrick in the 2017 NHL Draft

Flyers select Nolan Patrick second overall in 2017 NHL Draft

Flyers select Nolan Patrick second overall in 2017 NHL Draft

Video: Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall on No. 2 pick

Highly touted Brandon Wheat Kings center chosen by Flyers with the No. 2 overall pick

With the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers have selected Nolan Patrick from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced the pick in front of a sold out crowd at the United Center in Chicago.

Below are news, notes & analysis on Patrick:

NOLAN PATRICK

POSITION: Center

TEAM: Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL

BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1998

BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, Manitoba

VITALS: 6'2", 198 pounds

SHOOTS: Right

KEY NOTES

* He is the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings and averaged more than a point per-game with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in just 33 games.

* He missed 39 games, including the WHL Playoffs, due to injury but fully participated in the physical testing at the NHL Combine and has said he will be 100 percent healthy to begin his 2017-18 season.

* As a 17-year-old in 2015-16, he finished fifth among all WHL players with 102 points (41g-61a) in 72 games… His 61 assists tied for third in the WHL… His 41 goals ranked second on the team and tied for eighth overall in the WHL… He finished third in the WHL with a +51 rating.

* At the end of that season, he was named MVP of the 2016 WHL Playoffs after helping Brandon win its first Championship in 20 years, recording 30 points (13g-17a) in 21 games.

Video: Nolan Patrick on joining the Flyers

QUICK HITS

* He was teammates with current Flyers defenseman, Ivan Provorov, for their championship run in 2016.

* As a 16-year-old, he won the WHL Rookie of the Year award in 2014-15 with 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 points in 55 games.

* His father, Steve Patrick, was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Draft. While his Uncle, James Patrick, was selected 9th overall by the NY Rangers in 1981. 

* Flyers GM Ron Hextall, forward Brayden Schenn, defenseman Ivan Provorov and alumnus Brian Propp all played for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

ANALYSIS

Commentary on Patrick from various hockey/draft experts: 

Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting:

"He has more than proven over the last three years that he is the real deal and will be an impact NHL player. The poise, the presence, the attention to detail, the way he processes and executes plays - everything has been far more precise, far more accurate and a lot quicker this season."

TSN's Craig Button

"Patrick combines high-end sense and feel for the game with considerable skill and size."

"A real strong center man. A lot of people say his injuries hurt him. For me, not at all. When I see Nolan Patrick play I've seen a guy that can control the game. In the middle of the ice you want a player that can create offense, that can play defensively and he's got a presence in the middle of the ice."

TSN's Bob McKenzie

"He's a big center… He's been a big point producer at every level that he's played and there's every reason to believe that he's going to be a top-2 line center in the National Hockey League."

Mike Morreale, Draft expert for NHL.com

"Patrick's strength is his hockey sense and ability to think two to three strides ahead of everyone else."

Video: Steve Patrick on his son being selected No. 2

3:30 PM ET - PREPARING FOR DAY 1

The stage is set as the Flyers prepare for the first day of the 2017 NHL Draft. The Flyers hold the #2 overall pick in round 1, which begins tonight at 7pm ET at the United Center in Chicago. Take a look below at all of the picks the Flyers hold in this year's draft:

 

Check out the NHL Draft Tracker for league wide updates and picks.

 

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