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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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Michael Rasmussen could be prized power forward at NHL Draft

Center, already 6-foot-6 and 221 pounds, had 55 points in 50 games for Tri-City in Western Hockey League

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

A few days ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, there are a number of teams salivating at the idea of adding a player like center Michael Rasmussen to their organization.

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Who's Better: Nolan Patrick vs. Nico Hischier

Scouts keen on Brandon center's hockey sense, feel Halifax forward has high-end skill

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

Brandon center Nolan Patrick and Halifax center Nico Hischier have been considered all season the top two players available for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds), No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, missed the cut for the 2016 draft by four days and many believe he would have been a top-five pick had he been eligible. Injuries limited him to 33 games this season but he had 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) and ranked 10th in the WHL with 1.39 points per game.

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

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Flyers looking for infusion of youth at 2017 NHL Draft

Will take Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier at No. 2, but anticipate host of quality prospects with 11 picks

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

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall certainly is excited by what he can add to the organization with the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

But he also takes a big-picture approach. The Flyers could have as many as six rookies in the lineup next season, which means having 11 picks in the draft provides an opportunity to replenish the prospect pipeline.

"You've got to keep the prospects coming," Hextall said. "You've got to keep the young guys coming [on] entry-level deals. We need entry-level deals. You need young players. … There's going to be years where we don't have 11 picks, we're going to have five picks or seven picks. We have to make hay right now."

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Metropolitan Division team draft needs

NHL.com looks at which players would best fit into specific styles, dynamics

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

The 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas provides an opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of young talent.

The draft will be held at United Center in Chicago. The first round is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). Rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN).

Here is what Metropolitan Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Chicago (teams listed in alphabetical order):

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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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Flames may look to add picks in NHL Draft

Calgary open to stockpiling selections by trading down from No. 16

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- A shortage of selections isn't discouraging Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

The Flames have five picks, including one in the opening three rounds of the draft. Calgary traded its second-round pick (No. 47) and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka to the Ottawa Senators for 22-year-old forward Curtis Lazar and defenseman Michael Kostka on March 1. The Flames also traded their third-round pick (No. 78) to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Michael Stone on Feb. 20.

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Cody Glass has breakout season at perfect time

Portland center climbs NHL Draft rankings after surpassing own expectations

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

Cody Glass might not have made the trip to the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville with Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier, Gabriel Vilardi and Casey Mittelstadt, but make no mistake, he is among the best prospects available in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas. 

The team that selects Glass might even get the biggest sleeper of the draft.

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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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