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Devils facing tough decision with No. 1 pick in Draft

NHL.com writers make case for taking Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier, trading selection for assets

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CHICAGO -- The New Jersey Devils have options with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

Will they choose Brandon center Nolan Patrick or Halifax center Nico Hischier, or does general manager Ray Shero receive an offer too good to refuse and trade the pick?

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Top prospect Nolan Patrick 'not nervous' about NHL Draft

Center, likely to be chosen with first or second pick, throws out pitch at Cubs game

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Nolan Patrick threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, two days before the center is expected to be one of the top two picks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"I was more nervous about [the pitch] than the upcoming NHL Draft," Patrick said.

Patrick, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, is in town for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center. The first round is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). Rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN). The New Jersey Devils have the No. 1 pick; the Philadelphia Flyers have the No. 2 pick.

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Canada invites Nolan Patrick to World Junior Summer Showcase

Brandon center could be first pick at 2017 NHL Draft

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brandon center Nolan Patrick, who could be the first pick of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, is one of 42 players invited to play for Canada at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. 

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Who's better: Cale Makar vs. Miro Heiskanen

Scouts praise Brooks defenseman's skating, HIFK prospect's hockey sense entering 2017 NHL Draft

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

When will the first defenseman be selected at the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas?

It may be one of the most asked questions heading into the draft at United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, but there's little doubt the answer will either be Cale Makar of Brooks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League or Miro Heiskanen of HIFK in Finland.

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Jaret Anderson-Dolan, prospect with two mothers, could be inspiration

Spokane center may have future in NHL, be voice for LGBT community

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Center Jaret Anderson-Dolan of Spokane in the Western Hockey League is one of the most competitive players you'll find available in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

He's also a proven leader, conscientious teammate and very clear on the things that are most important to him: family and hockey. They are traits he learned at a young age from two very important people in his life.

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NHL.com's top 10 goaltenders eligible for 2017 Draft

Jake Oettinger, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen among best prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top goaltenders available.

How is goaltender the most important position on the ice when it always seems to be the last given consideration in the NHL Draft?

Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has an explanation.

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NHL.com's top 10 defensemen eligible for 2017 Draft

Cale Makar, Miro Heiskanen among best prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top defensemen available.

Top-end defensemen are at a premium in the 2017 NHL Draft so it wouldn't be surprising to see some selected earlier than expected.

"Early in the draft it's usually the best player available, but there's a couple defensemen there that some teams may step up for and say that's the kind of defenseman we want," David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting said.

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NHL.com's top 10 right wings eligible for 2017 Draft

Owen Tippett, Eeli Tolvanen among best prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top right wings available.

 

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine took the NHL by storm this season.

Laine, the second pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, was second among NHL rookies with 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games and is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top rookie in the League.

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Jason Robertson scoring enough to earn respect from scouts

Kingston forward became top draft prospect despite lack of offensive support

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

Kingston left wing Jason Robertson had one of the most impressive seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, but it took a while for his standing among some scouts for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas to catch up.

NHL Central Scouting made Robertson one of the biggest climbers in their final ranking of the top North American skaters, moving him to No. 14 after he was No. 34 in the midterm rankings.

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NHL.com's top 10 left wings eligible for 2017 Draft

Klim Kostin, Kristian Vesalainen among top prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top left wings available.

 

There's plenty of speed and power among the top left wings eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

At the top of the list is Klim Kostin (6-foot-2, 207 pounds) of Dynamo Moscow in Russia, despite the fact he missed most of the season because of shoulder surgery in January. He played with the injury for Russia in the Canadian Hockey League Canada Russia Series in November and had two points (one goal, one assist) in five games. Kostin, who can play center or wing, is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters.

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