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Nolan Patrick showcases ability at Top Prospects Game

Projected No. 1 pick at 2017 NHL Draft gets two assists in Team Cherry win

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

QUEBEC CITY -- Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday.

Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.

Halifax center Nico Hischier, who is ranked No. 2, had a goal, two assists and finished 8-for-14 on faceoffs for Team Orr. Hischier was named MVP for his team.

Patrick won 12 of 16 faceoffs. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph), Antoine Marand (Acadie-Bathurst), MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton), Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville), Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor), Owen Tippett (Mississauga) and Jake Leschyshyn (Regina) scored, and defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Portland) had three assists for Team Cherry.

Tippett, No. 4 on Central Scouting's midterm list, scored a power-play goal to give Team Cherry a 6-4 lead 11:28 into the third. Jokiharju was named MVP for Team Cherry.

Ian Scott (Prince Albert) and Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge) combined for 30 saves for Team Cherry.

Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane) had a goal and one assist and Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa), Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City) and Stelio Mattheos (Brandon) each scored for Team Orr.

The game featured 40 of the top 2017 NHL Draft-eligible players from the Canadian Hockey League. There were 250 NHL scouts in attendance.

"It's impressive to see the skills and how fast and strong they are with the puck," Team Cherry coach and former NHL player Simon Gagne said. "When I played, my shot was good enough for junior hockey and now these guys got an NHL shot right away; it's very impressive. I like to compare the NHL with the NFL in that now you're drafting a player who can become a big impact on your team right away, for next season."

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