CHICAGO — The Devils went with forward Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in Friday night’s draft, making Hischier the first Swiss-born player ever taken first.

The coin-flip choice between Hischier, who had 38 goals and 48 assists for Halifax of the Quebec League last season, and center Nolan Patrick led to a little mystery as Devils GM Ray Shero made his way to the podium at the United Center.

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New Jersey chose the dynamic Hischier over Patrick, who had been ranked as the top draft prospect nearly the entire season. Patrick, who missed time with a sports hernia, had 20 goals and 26 assists in 33 games for Brandon of the Western League.

Patrick went second to the Flyers, adding a pair of potential stars to an already packed Metro Division for the Islanders and Rangers.