Nolan Patrick still dealing with migraine disorder, but, ‘I believe I’ll play this year’
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- The more of Nolan Patrick being active in the periphery that Flyers coach Alain Vigneault sees, the more curious he’s become.
- Patrick, the second overall pick in the 2017 draft, hasn’t been able to play a game yet this season.
- He hasn’t even practiced with the team in more than a month because of a chronic migraine disorder that he had as a youngster and started to become a bigger issue again this summer.
- Tuesday morning Patrick skated with fellow scratches Robert Hägg and Chris Stewart before the Flyers faced the Toronto Maple Leafs and there’s still no timeline for when Patrick might be among the game group.
“I have been looking into it a little bit more,” Vigneault said. “He is progressing. He is doing more off-ice workouts and he is skating a little bit more on his own. Hopefully that’s a positive sign. That’s all I can really tell you. I don’t know much more than that.”
- Patrick, 21, has been able to be in the gym working out on a daily basis but getting on the ice hasn’t been as seamless.
- The Flyers’ training staff has created a program for him and they’re not always able to see it through based on how Patrick feels on any given day.
“If I’m not feeling that great that day we’ll just pump the brakes a little bit,” Patrick said. “It’s just trying to put together more good days in a row than bad.
“I’m not gonna go too much into my symptoms or what I have but it’s obviously frustrating. It’s not an injury where you’re gonna be back in six weeks. There’s no timeframe to it. Obviously I’m hoping to get back soon and I believe I’ll play this year so that’s something I’m trying to stick with.”
- There’s a lot of details that Patrick won’t discuss, like what specific lifestyle changes he’s made or how many treatment plans he’s gone through so far since the Flyers became aware of this issue back in June.
- He said that the most difficult part has been not playing and being away from the team but credited his teammates with being “amazing through it,” and making him feel like he’s still part of the club.
“Obviously I’m not gonna go into too much detail but there’s obviously a lot of things I’ve had to change,” Patrick said. “It’s an annoying process. It’s (crappy). Hopefully I get back soon.”
- The next step would be to practice with the team and Patrick is hopeful that he can clear that hurdle soon.
- He skated on his own three straight days before taking Sunday off.
- He was on the ice with Stewart and skills coach Angelo Ricci before the Flyers practiced Monday but wasn’t able to stay for the full team session.
“I’m not sure where that’s slotted in (among the plans),” Vigneault said. “I do know that he’s been skating a lot more frequently on his own. Where that brings us, I don’t know.”
- As if the situation weren’t stressful enough for Patrick, he’s also in the last year of his entry-level contract.
- What do the Flyers pay a top pick who hasn’t played since April 2 and has averaged less than half of one point per game in his first 145 NHL contests?
- Can’t imagine it will be anywhere close to the seven-year, $50.75 million contract that No. 1 pick Nico Hischier signed in October.
- The Devils top center has more points and more ice time in his career than Patrick so far.
- There’s still time left for Patrick to prove what he can be in the NHL, but there are more hurdles to clear before he gets there.
- He’s been leaning on his teammates and ex-Flyer Dan Carcillo for advice on dealing with the headaches.
- He tried a tinted visor for a month also but felt as though it made the surroundings a little too dark so he’s ditched that for the clear protector.
- The arduous process has informed him on the science of what he’s dealing with, but he’d much rather just be on the ice.
“Yeah, obviously I know a lot more now than I would before,” Patrick said. “I’m not interested in it by any means. It’s pretty boring stuff. Hopefully it turns the corner soon here.”
Sources & Credits: Dave Isaac, Courier Post