Hischier named CHL Top Rookie

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, QMJHL

Photo courtesy Halifax Mooseheads

Nico Hischier is at the top of the Canadian Hockey League’s freshman class.

Hischier was named the CHL’s CCM Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 86 points in 2016-17 despite playing in just 57 games. In all, Hischier had 38 goals and 48 assists. The 18-year-old, second in Future Considerations’ final ranking, was chosen sixth overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft and becomes the second member of the Halifax Mooseheads to capture the award after Nikolaj Ehlers did so in 2014.

Finalists for the award were Aleksi Heponiemi of the Swift Current Broncos and Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm.