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Sanheim Steamrolller: Flyers select defenceman Travis Sanheim with 17th pick in NHL draft

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sanheim Steamrolller: Flyers select defenceman Travis Sanheim with 17th pick in NHL draft

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers selected defenceman Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall pick in the NHL draft.

The Philly crowd was rowdy all night and ready to cheer the latest Flyer. The little-known Sanheim was ranked 53rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and was not expected to be a first-round pick.

But Flyers general manager Ron Hextall gambled on the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense