Kelly McCrimmon today confirmed the report that Nolan Patrick will not play this season.
Patrick was the second-overall pick in 2017, and for most of the period leading up to the draft he was the highest rated prospect on the board. He scored 205 points in 163 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, and there is undoubtedly a wealth of talent there. Tragically, he cannot get shake his haunted past of head injuries.
The Golden Knights acquired Patrick in a three-way deal with Nashville and Philadelphia. A trade that will surely go down in history as one of the worst ever.
Just 24, Patrick has plenty of years left to resurrect his career, although his inability to get healthy and stay healthy is disconcerting to say the least.