2017 NHL Entry Draft

Nico Hischier

NICO HISCHIERSwitzerland

NEW JERSEY • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 1

  

Previous Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 1

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-0 • Weight: 174 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 4, 1999 • Hometown: Naters, Switzerland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Teams: Visp (Nationalliga B); Bern (U20/Nationalliga A)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Halifax (Round 1, No. 6 overall)
Agent: Allain Roy (RSG Hockey)
QMJHL Debut: Sept. 23, 2016 (Halifax at Moncton)
First QMJHL Goal: Oct. 8, 2016 (Halifax vs. Charlottetown)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "It's not hard to give Hischier his due. The way he played at the World Juniors with a less-than-ideal supporting cast was impressive." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Best player on the ice every night for Halifax; wants it more than anyone else on the ice. High-end offensive player with high IQ and a great motor, not far away from playing in the NHL, just needs to get stronger." (Chris Mooring, ISS Scout)

• "He’s an above-average shooter, but what makes him dangerous is his options. He can score but he can also look guys off and make great plays. I’ve seen a lot of tap-in goals by his linemates that he can set up." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "He’s one of the smartest players in this draft class, and he makes quick decisions with the puck on his stick. He can play the game at a high pace, but also likes to slow down the play and allow his linemates the time to get open in the offensive zone. He’s a very complete player." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Agile skater uses his edges very well to find open ice and escape pressure. Deadly running the PP from the half-boards; always looks to attack and unleashes lethal wristers. Slightly built, but has a frame that could still add some weight, and has gotten stronger on the puck as the season progressed -- not afraid of traffic." (Red Line Report)