One of the main storylines in Philadelphia Flyers training camp is the status of Nolan Patrick, who is expected to be the Flyers 3rd line center this season.
After experiencing headaches in the lead up to camp last season, Patrick missed all of Flyers training camp. Two weeks later, he was diagnosed with a migraine disorder. Something that kept the third year pro out for the full season.
With his migraine disorder behind him, Patrick is back to health & in Flyers training camp.
“I feel very comfortable on the ice,” Patrick said after day1 of training camp. “Was obviously great being out there, nice being back with the guys.”
Nolan Patrick added his goals for camp are “trying to go through the practices & scrimmages. We will see how camp goes & go from there.”
In his first official practice back with the Flyers since April 2019, Patrick was paired with off-ice close friend Travis Konecny & Carsen Twarynski.
“Not going to really go into detail about last season,” Patrick said about missing the full season last year. “That’s behind us now. Looking forward to getting back this season.”
After missing the full season last year, Patrick took a big step forward today towards a return to the Flyers lineup. A step that caught the eye of head coach Alain Vigneault.
“Thought Nolan looked really good today,” Head Coach Alain Vigneault said after day1 of training camp. ” Really upbeat about his energy level. Saw the excitement in him being back with his teammates.”
Alain Vigneault added “Nolan has gone through the whole protocol medically. He’s cleared for content. But, wants to get in a couple practices & scrimmages before absorbing contact.”
With no pre-season games this season, Patrick’s first time absorbing full contact may be the Flyers season opener on January 13th. Which is just 9-days away.
Tyson Foerster Special Moment
Flyers 2020 1st round draft pick, Tyson Foerster, made his Flyers training camp debut in a special way. A way that head coach Alain Vigneault said was a “sensitive moment”.
In Foerster’s first practice with the Flyers, Vigneault paired the 18-year-old with Sean Couturier & James van Riemsdyk. A gesture that Vigneault said he wanted to give Foerster since he didn’t get the opportunity at his moment on the NHL draft stage.
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