Flyers Pick D Travis Sanheim in 2014 NHL Draft
The Flyers selected a defenseman with their first pick for a second straight year.
The Flyers picked 18-year-old Calgary Hitmen defensman Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday. Sanheim will join a group of prospects that could be the future of the Flyers blue line.
Sanheim is 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, and completed his first season with Calgary of the Western Hockey League. In 67 regular season games, Sanheim recorded five goals and 24 assists for 29 points along with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating.
"It's been crazy the last year," Sanheim told reporters Friday. "The last year I was playing midget hockey and wasn't even thinking about the draft or U-18 or anything like that. I was just trying to crack the Calgary Hitmen. I did that and after a couple of months into the season, I started getting my confidence."
Sanheim is a Manitoba native. His home town of Elkhorn is only 65 miles from Brandon where Flyers general manager Ron Hextall grew up. His mother's stepbrother is distantly related to Hextall, so he knew he had a good shot at being drafted by Philadelphia.
Sanheim said it was a special thrill to get drafted at the Wells Fargo Center, an arena he hoped to soon call his NHL home.
"The fans were going nuts," he said. "You could feel the passion in the building."
Philadelphia, who is the host of this year's draft, has five more picks in the remaining six rounds. A complete post with the entire Flyers 2014 draft will come later tonight.