FACIAL INFECTION! IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WRONG WITH FLYER TOP DRAFT PICK NOLAN PATRICK’S BODY?

By Jack Ryan

So, Flyers’ top draft pick Nolan Patrick is still recovering from core muscle surgery performed five weeks ago.

But yesterday, Philly’s puckheads were looking forward to seeing him on the ice.

Wearing skates.

Holding a stick.

Doing things that real hockey players do.

But, no.

Patrick was scheduled to skate at the Flyers’ practice facility on, but the team announced that he would be unable to do so because of an infection in his face.

Patrick missed a good chunk of games during the 2016-17 WHL season because of sports hernia surgery, but that didn’t stop the Flyers from making him the second overall pick in June’s NHL Draft.

The Flyers recently announced that he had undergone a second similar procedure right before the draft, which kept him out of their development camp earlier this month.

Earlier this week, the 18-year-old signed his three-year, entry-level contract with his new team.

Of course, GM Ron Hextall would love for his prized rookie to crack the opening night roster, but he needs to show he can stay healthy before that happens.

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