Finally got around to watching highlights of both and these guys and I noticed a lot of Nico's highlights started in the offensive zone while Nolan's were all over (entering the zone, cycling, etc.). It really seemed to me like Nolan was the type of player that drove play and got things going. Nico was great to watch but I see him as more as a top end complementary player. Nolan is something this team really needs. He can carry, pass, shoot.. everything. I can't see how Shero doesn't select him.
The injuries certainly suck and I believe they keep this argument alive, otherwise Nolan is the clear answer. But I'm hoping that as he gets bigger and stronger and starts working out with the best trainers available at the NHL level, he's able to get over it. And on the other hand, if the Devils don't pick him, I hope none of that pans out and the Flyers bust.