Throughout the week, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com will profile the Top Players as ranked by NHL Central Scouting on both the North American and European Skaters lists.
Today we look at the No. 1 ranked skaters: Nolan Patrick (North American) and Klim Kostin (European).
NOLAN PATRICK (Center)
RANK: #1 North American Skater
TEAM: Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL
BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, Manitoba
VITALS: 6'2", 198 pounds
Patrick is the captain of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. This past season he continued to average more than a point per-game pace despite missing 39 games, including the WHL Playoffs, due to injuries. He posted 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in just 33 contests.
He passed all his medical tests, was fully cleared and took part in the fitness testing at the NHL Combine this past week in Buffalo, NY.
HEAR FROM PATRICK AT THE COMBINE
Video: Top prospect Patrick on staying focused, having fun
In the season prior, Patrick distinguished himself among the pack with 102 points (41g-61a) in 72 games and led the Wheat Kings to the WHL Championship by adding 30 points (13g-17a) in 21 games resulting in him being named MVP of the 2016 WHL Playoffs.
Dan Marr, the head of NHL's Central Scouting, says:
"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."
For more on Patrick, the NHL Tonight crew breaks down his style of play below
Video: Prospect Profile: Nolan Patrick
KLIM KOSTIN (Center)
RANK: #1 European Skater
TEAM: Dynamo - KHL
BIRTHDATE: May 5, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Penza, Russia
VITALS: 6'3", 196 pounds
Kostin is the #1 ranked European skater and, like Patrick, his season was shortened due to injury.
Kostin appeared at the NHL Combine for the full week to attend interviews and physical testing.
He spent part of last season playing pro hockey in Russia in the KHL with Dynamo as a 17 year-old (8 games), while also playing in Russia's second division (9 games played).
In 2015-16, Kostin recorded 21 points (8g-13a) in the Russian junior program, while also helping Russia to a silver medal as captain at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with five points in six games.
He was also named captain for Russia at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial where he posted four goals and seven points in five games.
Goran Stubb, who is the Director of European Scouting for the NHL, says…"Kostin is a big, strong, mobile power forward who plays a physical game. He is a strong skater with good speed, very good hockey sense and is an excellent competitor."
Stay tuned on Tuesday for a look at the #2 ranked players in North American (Nico Hischier) and Europe (Elias Petterson).