Patrick named CHL Top Prospect

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, WHL

Photo courtesy WHL

Nolan Patrick is No. 1.

The Canadian Hockey League agrees.

Patrick, who is first in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Brandon Wheat Kings captain had 20 goals and 46 points in just 33 games played because of injury in 2016-17. He becomes the first player from the Western Hockey League to capture the award since Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks did so in 2013. The 18-year-old could also become the first player drafted first overall from the WHL since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins accomplished the feat as a member of the Red Deer Rebels in 2011.

Patrick, also ranked first among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, beat out Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads and Gabe Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires for the award.