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  • The Devils took Nico Hischier with the top pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Flyers followed with Nolan Patrick and the Stars rounded out the top three by selecting Miro Heiskanen.
By SI.com Staff
June 23, 2017

The New Jersey Devils kicked off the 2017 NHL draft in Chicago by taking Nico Hischier with the No. 1 pick, making the center the highest-selected Swiss-born player in NHL history.

Hischier racked up 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL this past season, while also putting together an impressive World Junior tournament, posting seven goals and 15 points in 11 games for Team Switzerland.

At No. 2, the Philadelphia Flyers took Nolan Patrick, a center who was ranked first by several scouting outlets. He notched 20 goals and 46 points in 33 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) in a season marred by injury. Pundits point to his strong all-around game and reliable two-way play.

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The Dallas Stars rounded out the top three picks with Finnish defenseman Miro Heiskanen, a smooth-skating blueliner who excels at both ends of the ice. 

Making their first draft pick in franchise history, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, owners of 13 picks over the weekend—three each in the first two rounds—added center Cody Glass with the sixth pick.

As well the Stars, Flyers and St. Louis Blues had a pair of first-round picks apiece.

Here's full results from the first round of the draft:

2017 NHL Draft: Round 1

Pick

Team

 

1.

Nico Hischier, C

2.

Nolan Patrick, C

3.

Miro Heiskanen, D

4.

Cale Makar, D

5.

Elias Pettersson, C

6.

Cody Glass, C

7.

Lias Andersson, C

8.

Casey Mittelstadt, C

9.

Michael Rasmussen, C

10.

Owen Tippett, RW

11.

Gabriel Vilardi, C

12.

Martin Necas, C

13.

Nick Suzuki, C

14.

Cal Foote, D

15.

Erik Brannstrom, D

16.

Juuso Valimaki, D

17.

Timothy Liljegren, D

18.

Urho Vaakanainen, D

19.

Josh Norris, C

20.

Robert Thomas, C

21.

Filip Chytil, LW

22.

Kailer Yamamoto

23.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D

24.

Kristian Vesalainen, W

25.

Ryan Poehling, C

26.

Jake Oettinger, G

27.

Morgan Frost, C

28.

Shane Bowers, C

29.

Henri Jokiharju, D

30.

Eeli Tolvanen, RW

31.

Klim Kostin, C/LW

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