Flyers Ink No. 2 Overall Pick Nolan Patrick
Another box was checked on Nolan Patrick’s offseason list.
First was the surgery to fix a sports hernia that he had done before the draft even took place. Ten days later the Flyers selected him No. 2 overall and Monday he inked his entry-level contract.
It’s a three-year deal with the maximum entry-level base salary of $925,000 per season and includes performance bonuses that could total $2.85 million if all are met.
Next up comes proving that the injury that bothered him all last season won’t stop him from making the NHL in his draft year. He played through the misdiagnosed sports hernia even though he knew something was wrong and put up more than a point per game on average.
“I just didn’t want to miss the whole season in my draft year,” Patrick said last week during the Flyers’ development camp, of which he did not take part on the ice. “I tried to play as much as I could and I just wanted to wait to see one of the best doctors because I saw a couple doctors in Winnipeg and they said (Dr. William Meyers, who eventually performed the surgery in Philadelphia) was the top guy in that area.”
Patrick approximated that he started last season at about 60 percent of his potential and only ever reached 75 percent because skating caused him so much pain and took so much wind out of him.