Sports Devils’ Nico Hischier trying not to compare himself with the previous No. 1, Auston Matthews

03:32  12 october  2017
03:32  12 october  2017 Source:   thestar.com

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Nico Hischier knows he has a tough act to follow. As the No . 1 overall pick in the summer draft and one of the players to keep an eye on for the Calder Trophy, the New Jersey Devils forward acknowledges Auston Matthews set a high standard for the draft’s top pick.

Nico Hischier (German pronunciation: [ˈnɪˌkɔ ˈhɪˌʃiəɾ]) (born 4 January 1999) is a Swiss professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League

Devils centre Nico Hischier, the top pick in the Jine draft, is part of a rookie revolution in New Jersey.: Devils centre Nico Hischier, the top pick in the June draft, is part of a rookie revolution in New Jersey. © Bill Kostroun Devils centre Nico Hischier, the top pick in the June draft, is part of a rookie revolution in New Jersey.

Nico Hischier knows he has a tough act to follow.

As the No. 1 overall pick in the summer draft and one of the players to keep an eye on for the Calder Trophy, the New Jersey Devils forward acknowledges Auston Matthews set a high standard for the draft’s top pick.

Matthews started with a four-goal debut and seemed to get better from there. In fact, the rookie class of 2016-17 is a heck of an act to follow: Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine scored one highlight-reel goal after another; goaltender Matt Murray won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh; and Columbus defenceman Zach Werenski posted numbers at 19 not seen since Bobby Orr.

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As Nico Hischier is discovering, being taken No . 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks. Shero was quick to point out that the Devils are not expecting Hischier to put up monster numbers such as Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid of Edmonton or Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews of Toronto, the past

2017 NHL draft tracker: Nico Hischier goes No . 1 to Devils , Flyers take Nolan Patrick at No. 2. The second generational talent in consecutive years, Auston Matthews took an odd path to the NHL by eschewing traditional routes of juniors and NCAA to play in a professional Swiss league.

And that’s not getting into the group surrounding Matthews in Toronto that went through their “firsts” together as a unit, urging each other and competing to be better at the same time.

“When you see what those guys did, light it up, it’s a hard act to follow,” Hischier said. “I don’t compare myself to those guys. I just try to be myself.”

If there’s a comparison to be made, it’s Hischier’s Devils this year to Matthews’ Leafs last year. The Devils have such an influx of young talent that Hischier might not be their most impressive rookie.

That could be Jesper Bratt, who led all rookies with five points, including three goals, heading into Wednesday’s game against the Leafs. Bratt is just 19, and made the incredible leap from being a sixth-round pick in 2016 to a top six NHL forward the following year.

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Auston Matthews got a taste of playoff hockey last season. Patrik Laine has been waiting two years for this. Similarly, Dubois enjoys watching Matthews and Laine while trying not to compare himself to them. New Jersey coach John Hynes said Hischier has been one of the Devils ’ best players

NHL. No . 1 Order: How Devils Rookie Nico Hischier Got His Own Sandwich. Hischier embodies the workman-like style of the Devils , and, at least for now, he will not follow in the footsteps of recent top picks Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews by putting up eye-popping statistics.

“The nice thing to see is consistency,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We know the talent level is there.”

Most eyes will focus on Hischier for the year, as the spotlight tends to follow the first overall pick, for better or worse. He will show well, say his teammates.

“He’s not looking to cheat the game,” Devils goalie Cory Schneider said. “He’s not looking to just put up points and play his own style. He’s really buying into what we’re trying to do here and do what’s asked of him.

“He’s a responsible two-way player who does a lot of little things well. Again, an 18-year-old player who has the IQ and the sense of where to be. He’s a wiry kid, but the puck is always on his stick when he comes out of the battle.”

It’s early in the year, and many of the rookies could well be somewhere else when they hit nine games. If they play a 10th game, the clock ticks on the first year of their three-year entry-level deal. If they go back to junior, that year is deferred.

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New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) Hischier found himself playing on the top line quickly in his rookie campaign, going against plenty Going back to 2008, three first overall selections -- John Tavares, Nathan MacKinnon and Auston Matthews -- each played all 82 games of their rookie season.

The word "fun" is not one that has always been associated with the Devils ' brand of hockey Walsh described Hischier as someone who "keeps to himself ," while 2016 third-round pick Joey you're the No . 1 pick in the draft - particularly the top choice after Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid

Still, there are rookies off to impressive starts. Sonny Milano has four goals for Columbus. Martin Frk has three points with Detroit. And Chicago has another sniper on the way in Alex DeBrincat (one goal, two assists). DeBrincat is coming off three straight 50-goal seasons in the OHL.

“I don’t know if I should expect that,” DeBrincat said. “Defence is a big part of the game, and being a young guy, that’s what I’m focussing on. Offence will come. It’s kind of the easy part of the game.”

ARENA LOVE: Red Wings fans seem smitten with their new Little Caesars Arena, to the point where the second and third period start with the seats half empty even though the seats are sold out. There’s a lot to do, it turns out, on the concourse. “That’s one of the challenges of a great building with so much to offer, especially with a new building where they’re checking things out,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “And we need them in the stands. It’s a loud building. So it will be a huge home ice advantage when they’re in the stands.”

THRASH HASH: There aren’t many Atlanta Thrashers left on the Winnipeg Jets roster. Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little were part of the move to Winnipeg in the summer of 2011. Little and Enstrom, who started together in the 2006-07 season, are the deans. Little is a little surprised to have stayed with the one organization that long. “You never know what is going to happen. You maybe get moved, or sign with another team. I didn’t know I’d be here this long, but I’m glad I am,” he said.

Devils end Leafs' perfect start to season

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Nico Hischier is prepared for the challenges that accompany any rookie hoping to make his mark in the NHL. The first step in that process for Hischier , chosen No . 1 in the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils , is development camp this week.

As Nico Hischier is discovering, being taken No . 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks. Shero was quick to point out that the Devils are not expecting Hischier to put up monster numbers such as Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid of Edmonton or Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews of Toronto, the past

CAPTAIN SERIOUS: Given his Blackhawks were eliminated early in the first round, Jonathan Toews hasn’t had quite as long as summer as the one just finished. But he said he used it to his advantage. “No doubt the rest that comes with a longer summer helps, mentally for starters. At this point in my career, you have to realize what is working for you and what you have to change. You see how fast the game has become, with the young players coming in. So I worked on my weaknesses accordingly.”

THE REAL DEAL: James Neal will go down in history as a the answer to three Vegas Golden Knights trivia questions: Who scored the first goal in Golden Knights history? Who scored their first game-winning goal? And who scored the first Golden Knights’ power-play goal? Bonus points if you knew those were three different goals, over the five he scored in the first three games. Tomas Nosek, however, got the first goal at Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena.

ISLES SMILE: While the New York Islanders now have their eye on a potential new building at Belmont Park, site of the of one of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown events, GM Garth Snow has his mind set on centre John Tavares. A new rink and a new deal for the captain could be tied together. “I’ve said it all along, we drafted John at 18, and we think the world of him,” Snow told reporters. “We want him to retire an Islander. He’s a first-class person and a first-class player. We all know that.”

Moore scores in OT, Devils rally to beat Sens .
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