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Nolan Patrick sidelined with facial infection

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers first-round draft selection Nolan Patrick was held off the ice Thursday due to an infection in his face, the club announced.

There's no indication on how long the ailment might affect the second overall pick, but it further highlights what's been a difficult year in terms of injuries for Patrick.

The 18-year-old was limited to just 33 games in his draft season with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings due to two hernias and a leg injury. He missed the Flyers' development camp to recover from abdominal surgery, but the procedure isn't expected to keep him out of September's training camp.

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