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Former Flyers top pick retires at just 25


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Travis Politakis
December 20, 2023  (11:11)
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In 2017, the Philadelphia Flyers selected Nolan Patrick with the second overall pick in the NHL Draft, hoping that the then 19-year-old would develop into a crucial piece in the Flyers organization.

Scouts and analysts throughout the hockey community considered Patrick as "one of the most ready-made prospects we have ever seen and someone who should be a stabilizing force down the middle for decades to come."
Since Patrick's entry in the league, he struggled with injuries. Patrick was able to go straight to the league as he played 73 games during the 2017-18 season and recorded 13 goals. The next season Patrick earned a larger role but production stayed the same.
Since then, Patrick unfortunately struggled with a migraine disorder that kept him away from the team for over 600 days. When Patrick returned, it was clear he wasn't the same player that was drafted in 2017.
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Patrick was later traded to the Las Vegas Golden Nights where he appeared in just 26 games. Patrick's last time on the ice was on March 24 of 2022 where he left the game after just 97 seconds.
Although Patrick wasn't the player many thought he would be, the hockey community should rally around Patrick and send their best wishes that Patrick can receive the medical treatment he needs and live a normal, healthy life.
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