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Devils select Swiss C Hischier at No. 1

This photo taken May 27, 2017 shows CHL Rookie of the Year Award recipient Nico Hischier, from the Halifax Mooseheads, holding his trophy following a media availability at the Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario. With the top pick, the New Jersey Devils must decide between centers Nolan Patrick and Hischier or trade down. Theres no consensus, franchise-changing star in this draft like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, and Patricks injury-plagued season made this a debate to watch June 23 in Chicago. (Adrian Wyld /The Canadian Press via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) The New Jersey Devils have selected center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft.

The Philadelphia Flyers then grabbed center Nolan Patrick with the second selection.

The 18-year-old Hischier is the highest drafted Swiss player in the NHL history. He had 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season. He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher.

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