Jack Eichel and Patrik Laine, the respective No. 2 overall picks in the 2015 and 2016 NHL drafts, both excelled as they went right to the NHL a few months after they were drafted.

But most players drafted in that spot — as Nolan Patrick was in June — needed time to blossom.

In the last 20 years, 16 forwards were chosen with the No. 2 overall pick, and only eight of them went right to the NHL the next season. Just three of those eight players had 20 goals or more in their rookie year.

Here are the forwards who were selected No. 2 overall in that span and what they did in their first season after the draft:

Year Player Drafting team Season after the draft
1997 Patrick Marleau San Jose 13 goals, 19 assists, 32 points
1998 David Legwand Nashville Played mostly in juniors
1999 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Played in Sweden
2000 Dany Heatley Atlanta Played at University of Wisconsin
2001 Jason Spezza Ottawa Played in juniors
2003 Eric Staal Carolina 11 goals, 20 assists, 31 points
2004 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Played in Russia
2005 Bobby Ryan Anaheim Played in juniors
2006 Jordan Staal Pittsburgh  29 goals, 13 assists, 42 points
2007 James van Riemsdyk Flyers Played at University of New Hampshire
2010 Tyler Seguin Boston 11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points
2011 Gabriel Landeskog Colorado 22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points
2013 Aleksander Barkov Florida 8 goals, 16 assists, 24 points
2014 Sam Reinhart Buffalo Played mostly in juniors
2015 Jack Eichel Buffalo 24 goals, 32 assists, 56 points
2016 Patrik Laine Winnipeg 36 goals, 28 assists, 64 points
2017 Nolan Patrick Flyers ???