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Devils select Nico Hischier #1 overall in 2017 Draft


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I hope so much he finds the same success here as Elias did. With Elias hanging it up and Nico coming in the same time frame it's just too perfect for it to not seem like passing a torch. I like how much it seems like he's excited, not only to be in the NHL, but be a Devil. 

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22 hours ago, Nicomo said:

Nico article from ESPN. Nothing we don't already know but if anyone is interested.

http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/20088802/nhl-new-jersey-devils-rookie-nico-hischier-wants-next-pavel-datsyuk

 

Bad research...they just presented him with a #13 jersey when he signed his contract. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to now tell him he can't wear #13. 

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1 hour ago, LittleBallofHate said:

Again, not really funny and yet really funny - you can't make this sh*t up: 

Dave Isaac‏ Verified account @davegisaac  

#Flyers say Nolan Patrick has "an infection in his face," which has kept him from going on the ice the last couple of days.

 

1 hour ago, DevsMan84 said:

To be fair, most if not all Flyers players and fans look like they have some sort of infection in their faces.

I really don't have any comment beyond these. 

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1 hour ago, LittleBallofHate said:

Again, not really funny and yet really funny - you can't make this sh*t up: 

Dave Isaac‏ Verified account @davegisaac  

#Flyers say Nolan Patrick has "an infection in his face," which has kept him from going on the ice the last couple of days.

That can't be real, can it?  Did that quote come from the Onion? 

Are they still holding development camp in Philly?  I thought their camp took place a week before ours.

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1 hour ago, Chuck the Duck said:

That can't be real, can it?  Did that quote come from the Onion? 

Are they still holding development camp in Philly?  I thought their camp took place a week before ours.

Actually confirmed on Flyers Twitter and Sportsnet site. 

Whist i don't want the guy to have success at the flyers I really would hate to see his entire career be ravaged by injury. 

He has got to be thinking "what next" at this stage. 

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1 hour ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

Actually confirmed on Flyers Twitter and Sportsnet site. 

Whist i don't want the guy to have success at the flyers I really would hate to see his entire career be ravaged by injury. 

He has got to be thinking "what next" at this stage. 

I went over to their Twitter account to check it out.  As expected, the comments are glorious.  :lol:

https://twitter.com/NHLFlyers/status/888016754282311681

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I've seen this guy's charts too over the past few days. I'm not sure I understand how the right column corresponds to the bottom row. Is there any data to suggest that a player who scores in the 77+ percentile is likely to be a 1st line player in the future? If you look through more of the charts that he has made, you'll see that it seems like quite a lot of these players are looking like top 6 forwards, so I'm a bit skeptical. It would be nice to know where he gets that translation from. I get the feeling that it doesn't mean very much unless you're looking at a player's draft year stats. And even then, who knows.

If you look at that guy's twitter, you can see he did one for Pierre-Luc Dubois, the 3rd overall pick in last year's draft, after Matthews and Laine. Nico crushes him - and PLD is a big dude, should be dominating that league physically. AND PLD's chart is for his draft+1 year, as compared to Nico's draft year. So much for people saying that the 2017 draft wouldn't produce a top player... What makes it even more encouraging is that Nico was on a weak team, but his stats are being compared to the top forwards in the league.

If nothing else, it can give you an idea of where the Devils' prospects (he also did Speers, Bastian, and McLeod) stack up in those categories in comparison to other prospects.

Here are some of the charts:

McLeod (pretty awesome, considering his first half was not nearly as good as his second): 

 

Bastian: 

 

Speers: 

 

(and for fun, to compare to McLeod, here's the guy that was drafted by Ottawa after they swapped picks with NJ): 

 

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That chart isn't all that encouraging, but it only takes a highlights video of Studenic to feel quite optimistic about him. I'm not sure why he didn't put up many points, because this guy has tons of talent: speed, great release, and he's definitely got good vision and passing abilities. This season, he'll really pick it up and score a lot more IMO.

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Some nice things said about Nico by Josi ahead of the Devils facing the Preds later this week:  https://www.nhl.com/news/rookie-watch-nico-hischier-new-jersey-devils-rookie-watch/c-295150896?tid=277548856

"When we first got together, I actually didn't know who [Hischier] was but we were practicing and running drills and I was thinking, 'This kid is unreal', so I found out", Josi said. "The skill set at his age is unbelievable. He's going to grow and get stronger. I remember when I was 18, there was no way I could have played in the NHL. Nico is going to be a superstar in this League for a long time."

"He's just a really complete player," Josi said. "He skates really well; is explosive. He makes great passes and has a great shot too, so he's got all the tools. Obviously, his hockey sense is off the charts."

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