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FLYERS FORWARD NOLAN PATRICK READY TO PLAY

After missing the entire 2019-20 season to deal with migraine issues, Flyers forward Nolan Patrick says he's "ready to play" in the season opener on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

During the Flyers scrimmage on Sunday, Patrick centered a line of James Van Riemsdyk, and Jakub Voracek.

After the scrimmage, Patrick said: "Made a couple mistakes out there, but my energy level felt good, thought our line created quite a few scoring chances. Lot of fun being back out there. I feel really good and I'll be ready for Wednesday."

"I've played with both of them quite a bit. Played with Voracek a lot. We read off each other, and they're both very smart players. It's easy to read off them. Thought we were making good plays tonight." he added.

"I thought he did a lot of the right things on the ice," head coach Alain Vigneault said. "Thought that line had some chemistry and some good moments. For him and for our team, that's a step in the right direction."

Patrick, 22, was drafted in the first round, second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In 145 regular season games, he's tallied 61 points (26 G, 35 A), 57 penalty minutes, and is a -7. In 6 career playoff games, he has 2 points (1 G, 1 A), 0 penalty minutes, and is a -5.

Internationally, Patrick has represented Canada on a couple of occasions, most recently at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. In 4 games, he put up 5 points (2 G, 3 A), 6 penalty minutes, and was a +2 as Canada went on to win the gold medal by defeating Sweden in the Final.





Source: Adam Kimelman/NHL
COOPER GODIN
JANUARY 11, 2021  (11H23)