One thing you already knew is that a lot of pressure is placed on Nico Hischier. There has been a lot of pressure since the New Jersey Devils selected him with the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has slowly but surely been developing into a very good player in the NHL.
New Jersey made him their captain in 2020-21 and he has not looked back. We have been waiting to see his offense come along just a little bit more and it really started in the second half of this previous season.
So much so that it should surprise nobody if he is right below Jack Hughes in terms of producing offense. He can score goals, make awesome plays, and just use his incredible hockey IQ to create chances for either himself or his teammates.
Hischier decided to keep playing this summer so that he can continue developing against really good competition. The IIHF isn’t quite the Olympic Games or National Hockey League but it is still a really good tournament for the best in the world to play.
New Jersey Devils Nico Hischeir has been brilliant for Team Switzerland.
As a member (captain) of Team Switzerland, Hischier has been incredible. He has been scoring goals and making plays all over the place and the Swiss have had major success as a team thanks to him.
Nico helped his Swiss team come up with a stunning win over Canada on Saturday but they weren’t done for the weekend. They played France on Sunday and needed more heroics from their captain as they went down early.
Hischier had two goals and one assist in a big win over Team France. The win put the Swiss at 6-0-0 which is the best mark in Group A. They will play one more game in the group stage on Tuesday when they take on Germany. They should be able to win that and go 7-0-0 heading into the medal rounds.
He is clearly a big part of this team. They named him the captain for a reason and he is delivering. Jonas Siegenthaler is also on the team as a solid defensive defenseman. He has to enjoy playing with Nico on this team and at the NHL level. The Swiss are coming as a hockey country and the New Jersey Devils captain is a big reason why.