The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday selected 6-3, 189-lb defenseman Travis Sanheim of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen with the 17th overall selection in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sanheim, 18 (3-29-1996), recently completed his first season with the Hitmen, where he recorded five goals and 24 assists for 29 points in 67 regular season games, along with 14 PIM and a plus-25 rating. He also posted six assists in seven games for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
Sanheim’s hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba is just 65 miles west of Brandon, Manitoba, the hometown of Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who made the selection.
Sanheim’s draft stock rose steadily throughout his rookie season with the Hitmen – he was ranked 167th among North American skaters in January’s midterm Central Scouting rankings, and rocketed to 53rd in the bureau’s final rankings released in early April before continuing to impress during the WHL playoffs and then the NHL Scouting Combine in late May.
The Flyers currently hold five selections in the remaining six rounds of the NHL Draft, which will get underway at 10 AM on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
It’s accompanied by the NHL Draft Fan Fest at XFinity Live! next to the Wells Fargo Center. Saturday’s rounds will also be televised on the NHL Network. Follow the 2014 NHL Draft and Fan Fest in Philadelphia at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/NHLDraft.
2014-15 Flyers full and partial season ticket packages are on sale now. Call 215-218-PUCK or visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com for ticket package information.