In honor of Nico Hischier’s 20th birthday today, I saw it fitting to do a Nico Hischier appreciation post.
Hischier has brought a lot of positives to the Devils and continues to contribute game after game. Being the first overall draft pick in 2017 left him with high expectations and he has indeed lived up to the hype.
Before coming to NJ, Hischier played for EHC Visp (SL), SC Bern (NL) and the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). His most impressive season was with the Halifax Mooseheads, where in 57 games, he scored 38 goals, got 48 assists and gained a total of 86 points. They made it to the playoffs that year, where he scored 3 more goals, added on 4 more assists and gained an additional 7 points.
Hischier’s rookie season was spectacular. There were high expectations for Hischier coming into the 2017-18 season and he delivered. Hischier played all 82 games of the regular season, scoring 20 goals, getting 32 assists and gaining a total of 52 points. Aside from getting the puck in the net, his ability to generate chances for his line mates was terrific. The top line last year (which just so happens to be the same top line this year) was so successful, thanks in part to Hischier.
- Aside from Hischier’s superb hockey prowess, it’s easy to forget that he is only 19, er well 20 today. Some interesting personal facts on Hischier:
- Born in Brig, Switzerland
- He’s bad at singing
- His favorite TV show is “Prison Break”
- His favorite dish is “Spaghetti al Torno”
Hischier is truly an asset to the Devils lineup. He definitely is a huge part of the “rebuild” for this young team. Such a talented, young player will defiantly see success in his future and hopefully he’ll be Devil for life.
Happy Birthday Nico!
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