The Philadelphia Flyers went a bit “off the board” by picking defenseman Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Sanheim is a 6’3″, 200lbs left-handed defenseman. He played for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL last season and earned 29 points (5G, 24A) in 67 games.
Sanheim is widely regarded as a late riser. He was unheard of earlier in the year but has shot up the draft boards over the past few months. People believe that Sanheim could have a very high ceiling in the NHL.
According to NHL Central Scouting’s BJ MacDonald, Sanheim
According to Todd Cordell, Sanheim is a “very good skater. Smart with the puck. Good positioning, but not overly physical.” Sanheim is a great addition to a defensive prospect crop that already includes Shayne Gostisbehere, Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, and Mark Alt.
For your viewing pleasure, some Travis Sanheim highlights:
More to come.