Nolan Patrick was drafted 2nd overall back in 2017 and has become a big part of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ season. Patrick is only in his second season in the NHL career and is already showing excellent potential of what can be to come.
Patrick’s rookie season was mediocre. He played in 73 games with 13 goals and 17 assists and a +1 rating. On the power play, Patrick scored 5 goals and came in clutch with 2 game winning goals. He was determined to score more with 127 registered shots on goal. The rookie was playing good minutes with an average 13:43 on the ice per game. Some of Patrick’s best work came in the face off dot. Patrick was 50.6% on the face off throughout the season.
It’s not a bad start by any means, he still had a big presence and was a breath of fresh air for Flyer fans, who had missed out on playoffs the year prior. The Flyers didn’t make it far into playoffs but it was still a good test run for this rookie who played in 6 playoff games with 1 goal and 1 assist.
This season Nolan Patrick has appeared in 68 games with 13 goals and 17 assists again but -5 rating. Patrick’s minutes have been bumped up to 14:58 on the ice per game. He’s also snagged 3 game winning goals with 112 registered shots on goal. Patrick still continues to do big things for the face offs with a 51% win percentage.
This season it really feels like Patrick has started to find some footing in the NHL. He’s grown as a scrappy player for the Flyers, learning how to chirp like a pro from his teammate Travis Konecny.
Not to mention that Patrick has began to layout more hits and block more shots for his team. Last season, Patrick blocked 19 shots and handed out 48 hits but this season Patrick has 24 blocks and 68 hits. He’s always been a mature player, keeping an even head and making smart move.
His only “flaw” is his injury rap. He’s missed a few games here and there for injury which can become a big problem in the long run. With that aside, he’s only going to grow into a better player.
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