Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier

25-Year-Old CenterC
New Jersey Devils
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Hischier buried 31 goals with 80 points - setting a new career high in both categories - across 81 games last season. He racked up 256 shots on goal with 19 power-play points and a plus-33 rating. The 24-year-old lined up as the team's second-line center behind Jack Hughes but still averaged 19:17 of ice time during the 2022-23 campaign. Hischier will skate in the same role again this year and should produce at a similar level. He's posted a double-digit shooting percentage in each of his first six NHL seasons, so he's in a good spot to record another 30-goal performance. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension with the Devils in October of 2019.
Takes step back with 67-point year
CNew Jersey Devils
April 17, 2024
Hischier provided an assist in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders, wrapping up the 2023-24 season with 27 goals and 67 points in 71 appearances.
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Hischier posted his second-highest point total and appeared in the third-most games of his seven-year career, but this season has to be viewed as a disappointment on the heels of his 80-point output in 2022-23. The first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft also took a significant step back defensively, with his rating dropping from plus-33 last season to minus-5 as the Devils missed the postseason in 2023-24.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:29
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:26
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:22
 
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19:21
2:49
1:43
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19:17
2:58
2:06
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Hischier has gotten a bit of a bad rap because he hasn't produced at the same level of other prior No. 1 overall picks. Not everyone can be Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews. That doesn't mean Hischier didn't have a real nice season. He finished with a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 70 games, placing him second in scoring on the team behind winger Jesper Bratt. Hischier seems destined to ultimately settle in as the No. 2 center for the Devils behind Jack Hughes while also seeing significant time with the man advantage on the club's first power-play unit. It may not lead to league-winning production, but it should be more than enough to make Hischier a solid mid-round pick in most fantasy formats.
Hischier was a complete non-factor a season ago, as a leg injury followed by a facial fracture which required surgery ended up limiting him to just 21 games. He posted six goals and 11 points while healthy, although Hischier also finished with a minus-nine rating. Hischier's goal and point totals have dropped in each of his first four NHL seasons. He's failed to meet expectations since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2017, but part of that is due to the fact he plays for a New Jersey team which is seemingly always in turmoil. There's theoretical breakout potential here, but fantasy managers would be wise to let another team take the plunge in the middle rounds of your draft.
A breakout rookie campaign in which Hischier racked up 20 goals and 52 points undoubtedly excited the Devils faithful. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old playmakers's productivity has taken a turn in the wrong direction since his debut in 2017-18, with last season's 14 goals and 22 helpers both marking new career lows. Still, it's not all doom and gloom for Hischier, who is expected to center the Devils' top line while taking on an expanded role with the man advantage in 2020-21. An expanded power-play role as well as increased responsibilities at eventh strength could help Hischier return to the form he displayed during his rookie season. He's worth a look in the mid-to-late rounds of this year's drafts.
After being selected first overall in the 2017 draft, Hischier scored 52 points as a rookie and added 47 in his sophomore season. That's respectable production but nothing to write home about, and he could end up relinquishing the No. 1 center job with a more hyped top pick joining the fold in Jack Hughes. Hischier has plenty of upside if he can hold off Hughes and stay on the first line in the Devils' top-heavy lineup, but his floor is also pretty low should he slip down to the second line given his lack of growth in his first two seasons.
Hischier made an instant impact after being selected first overall in the 2017 draft, recording 20 goals and 32 assists while playing in all 82 games. The Swiss center doesn't turn 20 until Jan. 4, so it's safe to say his best days are still ahead of him. All but six of Hischier's points last season came at even strength, and that 5-on-5 success can be credited to skating on the same line as superstar winger Taylor Hall. Hischier faces almost no competition for the first-line center spot, so he should benefit from Hall's brilliance once again as a sophomore. Given his robust skill set, the young pivot is also capable of taking a major step forward with the extra man after totaling only six power-play points as a rookie.
Selected first overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Hischier brings a dynamic offensive presence to a Devils team that's ranked no better than 27th in league scoring for the past five years. The 18-year-old Swiss National manufactured a whopping 38 goals, 48 assists and plus-20 rating with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL last regular season before eclipsing a point per game in the playoffs for his junior club. Having lit it up in the preseason -- we're talking four goals in as many games to complement three assists -- Hischier cracked the Opening Night lineup and pulled down a top-six job, so he can be deployed in all league settings immediately.
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Strong play continues
CNew Jersey Devils
April 9, 2024
Hischier scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.
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Provides assist in loss
CNew Jersey Devils
March 29, 2024
Hischier put up an assist and went minus-3 in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sabres.
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Three points in win
CNew Jersey Devils
March 26, 2024
Hischier scored a goal and dished two assists in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Twenty points in last 17 games
CNew Jersey Devils
March 21, 2024
Hischier had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over the Jets on Thursday.
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Provides only offense in loss
CNew Jersey Devils
March 18, 2024
Hischier scored his 22nd goal of the season in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Set to play for Switzerland
CNew Jersey Devils
April 17, 2024
Hischier plans to join Team Switzerland for the IIHF World Championship in May, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Hischier scored 27 goals and 67 points in 71 appearances in 2023-24. He also represented his home country during the 2023 World Championship, collecting a goal and three points in four games.
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