Philadelphia Flyers Select Travis Sanheim 17th Overall

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

 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 next level

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.

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