Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick is week-to-week with a migraine disorder, the team’s general manager Chuck Fletcher revealed Thursday.
“After consultation with the Flyers' medical staff and with specialist Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher from the University of Michigan, forward Nolan Patrick has been diagnosed with migraine disorder. Patrick will not be going to Europe and we will provide additional information once the team returns. He will not be ready to start the season and is listed as week-to-week.”
Patrick posted 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games during the 2018-19 season. The 21-year-old is expected to be a key component of the Flyers’ long-term vision after being selected second overall in 2017.
The Flyers have yet to determine whether Patrick will be placed on injured reserve or long-term injured reserve.
"He's taking the medication now and we're hoping that settles down the migraines and gets him to feeling 100 percent from a health perspective," Fletcher said via NHL.com.
"After that, he's skated a bit but he's essentially missed all of training camp. He hasn't played games. He hasn't been in any battle drills. We're going to have to make sure we get him the conditioning work he needs.”
Patrick was projected to start the year on the third line with ample opportunity to work his way into the Flyers’ top-six rotation.
As it stands, the promising forward will be out for the foreseeable future while the team prepares for its season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4.
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