CHICAGO, Ill. (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.
Hischier fits in nicely with general manager Ray Shero's desire to put a faster team on the ice. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in nearly three decades, finishing with a 28-40-14 record.
Patrick, the Brandon Wheat Kings star whose father Steve and uncle James played in the NHL, held the top spot in the NHL Central Scouting Department's final rankings in April.