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Flyers select Travis Sanheim with the 2014 17th overall selection

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Travis Sanheim with the 17th overall selection in the 2014 NHL draft. The team hopes that he will be in their long-term plans.

Sanheim began the season undrafted. He would then end the season with the 24th ranking.

Defenseman Travis Sanheim is selected seventeenth by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft
Travis Sanheim is selected seventeenth by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

“No, not at all, I just went into the season wanting to crack the Calgary (Hitman) roster,” Sanheim said.

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Sanheim was the fastest-rising prospect to go up the 2014 NHL Draft board. While that was the case, he is also the most intriguing player.

He played last season with the Calgary Hitman after playing with the Manitoba AAA Midge Hockey League.

“It’s kind of crazy that it’s going to happen. I haven’t really looked too far ahead, I’m just kind of taking it day-by-day right now,” Sanheim said in a recent interview. “I was selected in the ninth round in the WHL Bantam Draft. The draft to me really means nothing, It’s the work that you put in after that shows whether you want to get to the next level or not. For me, it doesn’t matter where I go. I’ll be happy with whatever team selects me.”

In the WHL Bantam Draft, he was the 177th overall selection. While he finished 53rd in the final Central Scouting rankings, nearly all the mock drafts had Sandheim going in the first round.

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“Last year, I was playing midget hockey and not even looking at the draft or expecting to get drafted. I was just trying to make the Calgary Hitmen this year,” Sanheim said. “For me to even be on the list was huge. It didn’t really matter where I was ranked. Once I was ranked, I just felt like I wanted to continue to improve and go up that list and I felt I was able to do that all season long. I just kept jumping and rising as a prospect.”

He was the Flyers’ first-round pick on a defenseman since the 2008 draft. That’s when the team used the 19th overall pick on Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Luca Sbisa. 

Sanheim joins a Flyers squad that went 42-30-10 during the regular season. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs. 

They were defeated 4-3 in the playoffs by their rivals, the New York Rangers. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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