After a summer of uncertainty, the former 1st rounder has signed on for at least one more season with the Flyers.
Patrick and his team along with GM Chuck Fletcher agreed to a 1-year deal worth $874,125 AAV. The 22-year-old former 2nd overall pick did not play last season due to complications from a migraine disorder.
Patrick’s status heading into the next training camp is currently unknown. The Flyers were always very mum on his condition and despite starting to practice with the team last season, he was shut down and did not return for the playoff bubble.
Nolan Patrick is the great enigma of the Flyers right now. He showed flashes of promise in his first season and rose to that same level in year two. He had matching 13 goal efforts and increased his assists from 17 in year one to 18 in season 2. Right now the fear with Patrick is will his potential ever really be unlocked, or will his be a story of awful luck and things that should’ve been.
A 102 point season in the WHL helped him shoot to the top to the top of draft boards, but injury issues the next season made him fall to the Flyers at #2 as Nico Hischier jumped him to do #1. His injury caused him to be not ready for training camp and would miss 9 games during the season, and he’d go onto miss 10 more the next year. He’s got all the talent in the world but hasn’t been able to stay consistently healthy enough to put together a full campaign and to unlock a higher level of his game.
Chuck Fletcher gives him that chance (assuming he can play) on a cheap deal, which risks almost nothing. Most 2nd overall picks don’t sign a deal a shade over the league minimum on their 2nd contract. We’re all hopeful that Patrick finds his health and then his game, and if that happens the Flyers will a serious weapon. If not then much like last year, Patrick will be a valuable toy that can’t come out of the box.