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Video: Draft host Flyers pick d-man Sanheim

Jun 27, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

Travis Sanheim is the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, and he was welcomed to the club with an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd at Wells Fargo Center. The 18-year-old defenseman was taken 17th overall by the draft hosts, in spite of a final ranking of No. 53 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Sanheim had five goals and 24 assists for WHL Calgary, and apparently finished the season stronger than he started.

“When he started getting more ice time in November, he started becoming one of their best defenders,” said Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald. “His one-on-one play and containment gets better every game. He uses his reach with an active stick and is not afraid to stand up and challenge forwards. He could be a nice surprise pick; he has the size and hockey sense for the next level.”


  1. benzoids - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    His favorite player is listed as Crosby! I love it!

  2. ufostomper - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Yea and kasperi’s favorites were Richards and timonen

  3. sumkat - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    very underwhelming for Hextall’s first pick, a guy who would not of been surprising if he was there a round later

  4. jake6881 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Flyers AL WAYS draft well! It’s the one thing they are consistent with. They shoot from the hip on everything else. I have a feeling he was higher on most boards then expected.

    • goodolejr - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      He jumped up very quickly. Button had him #8 as of this month and a few other places had him gone before the Flyers’ pick. I also saw a quote from Hextall where he said as soon as they made the pick they got a call offering 2 picks for him. Could turn out to be a REALLY good pick.

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