NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As Nico Hischier is discovering, being taken No. 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks.
Since being selected by the New Jersey Devils with the top pick Friday night, Hischier has flown from Chicago to New Jersey, watched the New York Red Bulls play a MLS game and gone to a New York Yankees game.
And that was just Saturday and Sunday.
The Swiss center did a radio show Monday morning, met Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, visited a famous city deli to eat a new sandwich named after him and held his first major news conference at the Prudential Center, the home of the Devils.
And if you are wondering about the 2017-18 season, general manager Ray Shero says the Devils are keeping a roster spot open for Hischier.
At least that’s what Shero and coach John Hynes are telling the kid. There’s no pressure at all.
“It’s great,” Hischier said. “Obviously as the first pick you have some pressure, but to hear that guys that are close to you and from the organization say there is actually no pressure from them, it’s all that counts.”
Hischier plans to return to Switzerland soon and start training for next season. He has a Devils development camp on July 11.
When asked about his goals for next season, Hischier says make the team and go from there.
Hynes, who saw the Devils finish last in the 16-team Eastern Conference this past season, sees Hischier as a second-or-third line center at the start of training camp. He expects to put at least one veteran on his line, adding that chemistry may determine Hischier’s linemates.
It’s a starting point.
Hynes said Hischier is competitive, skates well and knows the game. He…