Nolan Patrick
Nolan Patrick
22-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia Flyers
Out
Injury Head
Est. Return 11/16/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Patrick didn't necessarily have a poor season in 2018-19, posting 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games, but it was definitely a bit disappointing, as he was only able to make a one-assist improvement over the 13 goals and 30 points he posted as a rookie in 2017-18. As the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, owners understandably expected a lot more growth than that. For a two-month period from the middle of January to March, Patrick found his game, tallying eight goals and 19 points while registering a plus-6 rating in 25 contests, but outside of that run, he only notched five goals and 12 points in 47 games. The Flyers definitely aren't giving up on Patrick just yet, but with the addition of Kevin Hayes on a seven-year contract, the former No. 2 pick's role as Philadelphia's second-line center is in doubt for the upcoming campaign. While Patrick has established 13 goals and 30 points as his floor, owners probably shouldn't expect huge growth from him in 2019-20, either. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers in July of 2017.
Continuing to improve
CPhiladelphia Flyers
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September 10, 2020
According to general manager Chuck Fletcher, Patrick (head) is "living a mostly normal life" and is continuing to improve. He also noted the Flyers are counting on him playing at some point next season, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
ANALYSIS
Patrick is a restricted free agent, so Fletcher's comments more or less confirm Philadelphia will be extending him a qualifying offer this offseason. The second overall pick from the 2017 draft missed the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign due to a migraine disorder, and although the Flyers have continually referenced the progress he's making in his recovery, he hasn't been able to practice let alone skate with the team in over a year. At this point there's no telling if the 21-year-old pivot will be available for next season's training camp.
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2017–18
13:43
1:50
0:01
2018–19
15:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
It took awhile for the 2017 No. 2 overall pick to get going, but he caught fire at the end of the season, posting eight goals and 16 points in his final 24 games. That turned out to be more than half of his regular-season point total, as the 19-year-old finished the campaign with 13 goals and 30 points in 73 games. During the final two months, his playing time at both even strength and on the power play increased according, and eight of his 30 points came with the man advantage. The Flyers have enough faith in Patrick that they plan to keep Claude Giroux at wing next to Sean Couturier on the top line. With the departure of Valtteri Filppula, Patrick will center the second line next to wingers such as Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny, Wayne Simmonds or newly signed free agent James van Riemsdyk. With that kind of talent surrounding him, Patrick appears ready to take another step forward in 2018-19.
The Flyers lucked their way into the second overall pick in the draft and landed Patrick -- a huge get for a franchise that needed an infusion of forward talent. A native of Winnipeg, he's coming off an injury-shortened campaign for Brandon of the WHL in which he put up 46 points over 33 games, with sports hernia surgery and then a facial abscess causing him pain that’s lingered through the summer. Nonetheless, he’s expected to be ready for the start of the season, when it seems likely he'll serve as the third-line center behind Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Those are two great guys to learn the ropes from, and Patrick’s talent should win him some power-play time, but it’s wise for fantasy owners to moderate expectations for his first NHL campaign. Unless he finds his way into top-six minutes somehow, it'll be tough for him to crack 50 points.
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Missing from camp roster
CPhiladelphia Flyers
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July 13, 2020
Patrick (head) was left off the Flyers' training camp roster.
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Still not cleared for contact
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April 10, 2020
Patrick (head) has yet to be cleared for contact, as general manager Chuck Fletcher told reporters, "Nolan continues to work out daily. He has not been cleared for contact."
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Making progress
CPhiladelphia Flyers
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April 1, 2020
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Monday that Patrick (head) is "trending in the right direction" while he recovers from a migraine disorder, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Will play in minors prior to return
CPhiladelphia Flyers
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February 17, 2020
Patrick (head) will be sent down to AHL Lehigh Valley before he will play in a game for the Flyers, Charlie O'Connor of The Athletic reports.
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Making some progress
CPhiladelphia Flyers
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January 14, 2020
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he expects Patrick (head) to play at some point this season, NHL.com reports. "He's been skating harder. Skated again [Tuesday]," Fletcher said. "Getting his heart rate up higher. I think he's feeling a bit better."
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