By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Jersey Devils drafted center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He previously played for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL.
Hischier was considered one of the top two players heading into the draft with Nolan Patrick. The Devils are hoping that their top pick can be a cornerstone for the future.
He’s the first-ever Swiss player, who was drafted No. 1 overall. He gives the Devils another piece to go with Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha.
Hischier had 86 points, including 38 goals for the smooth playmaker in the Quebec junior league. This past season in Halifax was his first-year playing hockey in North America.
If he does not play in the NHL right away, he’ll be assigned to the Devils’ AHL affiliate. There, he can work on his defense, which he needs to improve on.
Right now, the Devils have Joseph Blandisi, Adam Henrique, Kevin Rooney and Travis Zajac has center men.
Prior playing in the QMJHL league last season, he played in the Swiss B and Swiss-A league. During the 2015-16 in both leagues, he had two goals and an assist for three points in 22 games. With Visp EHC, he also had two goals in six playoff games.
Hischier’s draft selection surpassed Nino Niederreiter’s fifth overall selection when was the Swiss man was drafted fifth overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders.