He isn’t necessarily a famous Philly athlete yet, but many are expecting him to become one.
Flyer fans are chomping at the bit to see Nolan Patrick develop and bring many plaques and trophies, specifically the Stanley Cup, to Philadelphia over the next several years. Hockey gurus expected him to be selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils this past summer, but when they passed on him, perhaps because of his injury history, he fell to the Flyers at the second overall pick in the NHL Draft.
It’s In His Blood
You might say ice runs through his family’s veins. His two sisters play hockey. His father Steve Patrick played 250 games in the NHL while his uncle James Patrick has experience playing and serving as an assistant coach in the NHL. On his mother’s side, his uncle Rich Chernomaz is also a former NHL player.
Good From The Get-Go
Even at the age of 14, he was a highly coveted prospect. Patrick was drafted 4th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2013 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Due to injury, the 2014-15 season became his rookie year with the club. It was a successful one as he took home the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s rookie of the year, even though he missed 17 games due to injury.
Thrives Under Pressure
The next season, Patrick finished fifth in the league in scoring, becoming the first 17-year old Wheat King player to finish with over 100 points in almost 40 years. That year the Wheat Kings became WHL champions, winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup. In the postseason, Patrick led all players in points and was thus selected as the WHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player.
The next season, 2016-2017, Nolan Patrick was named the captain of the Wheat Kings. But just six games into the season, he once again suffered an upper-body injury. It was later revealed to be a complication of his sports hernia injury from the year before.
He was not medically cleared to participate in Team Canada’s 2017 World Junior training camp and therefore didn’t play in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Regarding Partick, NHL director of Central Scouting Dan Marr was quoted as saying that he is the complete NHL package and has everything any team might be looking for.
Inevitably, if he can stay healthy, Nolan Patrick’s ceiling is very high. He will look to add to his collection of trophies as soon as this upcoming season with the Philadelphia Flyers.