NHL Draft: Grading The Picks
NHL Draft: Grading The Picks

This article is part of our NHL Draft series.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, and a new crop of young talent is on its way through the league's organizations. Let's review all 30 selections made in the first round Friday night in Chicago.

1. New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier, C, Halifax-QMJHL: In a draft that had two players above all others, Devils management deserves credit for taking the one with more upside. Hischier is the rare 18-year-old who makes plays in all three zones. He's shifty, has terrific vision, and works his tail off defensively. Even if he didn't improve one bit moving forward, he still would be an effective NHL player. He was my top available player, and while I don't expect him to be "special" in a Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews sense, I still see Hischier as a guy who scores 65-70 points per season and makes a half-dozen All-Star teams over the course of his career. He needs to bulk up, though, and for that reason I'm not entirely certain that Hischier ought to begin next season in the NHL, but it's rare that a first overall pick doesn't get at least a nine-game trial run in his first year. Armed with an elite sniper (Taylor Hall), a quality goaltender (Cory Schneider), an underrated coach (John Hynes), a savvy GM (Ray Shero) and a ton of cap space, New Jersey is a dark-horse candidate to make the playoffs next season. It's a safe bet they won't

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Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
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