Nico Hischier, selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, has been awarded the annual E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence, the National Hockey League announced today.
A native of Naters, Switzerland, the 6’1” center became the highest drafted Switzerland-born player in NHL Draft history — surpassing Nino Niederreiter (selected5th overall by NYI in 2010). In 2016-17, Hischier led all QMJHL rookies with 38-48—86 in 57 regular-season games and added 3-4—7 in six playoff contests with the Halifax Mooseheads. He was named the CHL and QMJHL Rookie of the Year and awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect.