On Friday, the Devils took another step forward in its attempt to rise from the bottom of the league and return to championship form by selecting Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft.
Unlike recent drafts, there was uncertainty over who would be selected first overall due to injury concerns with fellow hyped prospect Nolan Patrick. The Devils instead drafted Hischier, who needs to fill out his 6-1, 178-pound frame before he can even think of dominating the Metropolitan Division alongside left-winger Taylor Hall in New Jersey.
Hischier is the highest-drafted Swiss player ever, going ahead of Nino Niederreiter (who went fifth in 2010 to the Islanders).
Although there are a number of good players available in this year’s draft, there is no hype surrounding players as there was for Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid or most recently, Auston Matthews. The Devils are hoping Hischier can prove doubters wrong and be better then them all.
Predators center Ryan Johansen was suffering from acute compartment syndrome in his left thigh when he underwent emergency surgery Friday.
Let’s get this one out of the way first. These aren’t your dad’s Rangers, as evidenced by the long-prayed-for Dan Girardi buyout and offloading the next four years of $6.5 million man Derek Stepan onto the Coyotes’ payroll. Still, if only because they’re the Rangers, the idea remains that GM Jeff Gorton was clearing the deck to make a big-money push for the largest fish in the free-agent pond.
While adding Shattenkirk’s puck-moving prowess would help the Hockey Cheap Jerseys Rangers keep pace Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys with the Penguins, Capitals and Blue Jackets, Sportsnet insider Elliott Friedman noted New York is very determined to increase the roles and responsibilities of its young players and thus isn’t expected to factor into the Shattenkirk sweepstakes much, if at all.