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The kid known as “The Swiss McDavid” was selected sixth overall by the Halifax Mooseheads in Tuesday’s CHL Import Draft. General Manager Cam Russell used his pick on Nico Hischier, a 17-year-old forward from Naters, Switzerland. The highly touted prospect has already been considered to be the best forward to ever come out of his country.
“We’re obviously excited to get a player of his caliber and skill level,” Russell said.
“He’s a Pavel Datsyuk type of player, he’s great offensively and strong defensively not to mention he was an assistant captain at the under-18’s as an underage player so leadership is obviously there as well.”
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Hischier played 15 games at the highest level with SC Bern of the NLA this past season, scoring one goal. He also had 28 points in 18 games with the Bern U20 team. The six-foot tall – 172 pound forward played internationally in both the U18 World Hockey Championship and the U20 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Russell said he hopes to see Hischier in the green and red of the Mooseheads at some point.
“Now comes the process of doing the work to try to get him to report to Halifax and hope for the best.”
Patience from the organization is needed when it comes to getting a commitment from import players.
“We feel that he is such a great player that even if we had to wait until next year it would be worth it so we are very fortunate and we’re excited.”
Provided Hischier reports to Halifax he would join Finland’s Otto Somppi as the two import players on the Mooseheads roster.
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