By Steve Kelly

Are the Flyers just being cautious with No. 2 draft pick Nolan Patrick?

Or is the concussion he suffered on Oct. 24 much worse than they have let on?

General manager Ron Hextall said yesterday he hopes Patrick, who missed his eighth straight game last night, will practice tomorrow.

Hextall says the 19-year-old forward will travel with the team on its two-game trip next week to Minnesota and Patrick’s native Winnipeg.

Patrick was injured when his head slammed against the glass after a legal check in a home game against Anaheim on Oct. 24. Patrick changed into a suit and watched the third period of that game from the press box and then practiced the next day.

But he was scratched when the Flyers visited Ottawa on Oct. 26 and hasn’t played since.