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July 17, 2017

Flyers announce No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick has signed entry-level contract

Per general manager Ron Hextall, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nolan Patrick, the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, to an entry-level contract.

And according to multiple Flyers reporters (Dave Isaac of the Courier Post and Tim Panaccio), Patrick has been given the max amount for his entry-level contract:

Patrick missed the on-ice portions of the recent Flyers development camp after undergoing abdominal surgery on his own in early June, but he’s expected to be fully fit well ahead of training camp.

Despite Hextall’s well-documented pattern of being fairly conservative when it comes to moving his top prospects up to the NHL, Patrick is expected to break camp as the Flyers’ second or third-line center if he’s healthy.

Many prospect observers felt that Patrick, who had 46 points in 33 games last season for the Brandon Wheat Kings, was the most NHL-ready player in this year’s draft.

“My goal the last couple of years was to make the NHL my first year eligible so that’s what I’m going to try to do here,” Patrick told the Flyers website

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