Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

  • Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

The Devils went with forward Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in Friday night's draft, making Hischier the first Swiss-born player ever taken first. But he as high upside as a first-line center. "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".

The Golden Knights became the first expansion team to pick three times in the first round.

Glass was rated sixth by Central Scouting and that's exactly where he went but that didn't mean he was the picture of calm as the first five picks passed by.

This is not to say that I don't like Nico Hischier, I do. "Just to be a part of the Vegas organization is unbelievable". "When you're going somewhere and don't know anyone, it's tough for a guy to step in", Patrick said. I'm really happy I am here. I like him a lot.

"I kind of had a feeling I was going to end up in Philly, and I'm real excited about the chance to go there" said Patrick, whose dad, mom, two sisters and an uncle were at the draft.

"I think this still will be proven to be a good draft", Shero said. "He's a great guy, really amusing". I love the way he carries himself, he has future captain of the Flyers written all over him.

Hischier is a native of Naters, Switzerland.

That said, Patrick plays a very effective, NHL-style game and has since he was 16.

The Leafs, led by young first-round picks Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner, made tremendous strides last season and earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.

Hischier, an electric centre with game-breaking speed, rose into top spot with an emphatic first season in the Quebec Major Junior League, piling up 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games as a rookie for the Halifax Mooseheads. That was a significant step in Hischier's hockey evolution, especially with his defensive play. I think Hischier is a hybrid winger; that big center is so important.

Nolan's dad, Steve, played 250 National Hockey League games for the Buffalo Sabres, Quebec Nordiques and New York Rangers.

Hischier, listed at one inch shorter and 20 pounds lighter than Patrick, is thought to be the more skilled skater and playmaker.

Finally, some more encouraging words for the Devils.

The pair will see a lot more of each other in the coming years as Metropolitan Division rivals, an opportunity for fans of both teams to regularly gauge who got the better player Friday.