Looking back at Nolan Patrick

Nolan Patrick was expected to become the next big thing in the NHL. So what happened to the former Vegas Golden Knights star?
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Nolan Patrick's stat line

After being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights, Nolan Patrick was signed to a two-year, $2.4 million contract. However, the Golden Knights dealt with a wave of injuries during that season, with Patrick being one of the injured players. In 2021-22, the former Wheat Kings star scored two goals and five assists in 25 games with Vegas.

He only spent one season with the team, for he didn't play in the 2022-23 season (when Vegas won the Stanley Cup). The former first-round pick wasn't even engraved on the Stanley Cup, for Vegas didn't ask for an exemption for the forward.

But there was one noteworthy event during Patrick's tenure in Las Vegas. On February 16, 2022, against the Colorado Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon hit the young forward with a high shoulder. He left the game after MacKinnon's hit, but the Avalanche star avoided a suspension from the hit. Still, it's scary to think about being hit after dealing with a migraine disorder throughout your career. For the former Flyer, it felt like the end.