NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As Nico Hischier is discovering, being taken No. 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks.
Since being selected by the New Jersey Devils with the top pick Friday night, Hischier has flown from Chicago to New Jersey, watched the New York Red Bulls play a MLS game and gone to a New York Yankees game.
And that was just Saturday and Sunday.
The Swiss center did a radio show Monday morning, met Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, visited a famous city deli to eat a new sandwich named after him and held his first major news conference at the Prudential Center, the home of the Devils.
And if you are wondering about the 2017-18 season, general manager Ray Shero says the Devils are keeping a roster spot open for Hischier.
At least that’s what Shero and coach John Hynes are telling the kid. There’s no pressure at all.