21-Year-Old Defenseman – Philadelphia Flyers
Travis Sanheim Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers in September 2014.
Sanheim will make his NHL debut Thursday night against the Kings, Dave Isaac of USA Today reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Flyers' first-round pick in 2014, Sanheim was a monster on the blue line with the WHL Calgary last year, putting up 15 goals and 65 points in 67 regular-season games before adding 18 points in 17 playoff games. The puck-moving defenseman is a two-way stud who can dominate at both ends of the ice. While itís possible Sanheim joins the Flyers in 2015-16, fellow defensive prospects Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere might be more NHL-ready. The 19-year-old Sanheim has a bright future in Philadelphia, but it might be a few more years before he debuts full-time and becomes an impact fantasy player. Still, the youngster is an extremely smooth skater and a future power-play fixture, making him a strong asset in long-term keeper formats.
The Flyers first-round pick from 2014, Sanheim has shown exceptional talent in his first year in the WHL. But as an 18-year old, both his game and his body have a lot of maturing to undergo. It is most likely that he will not see the NHL for another two or three years yet and will start this season with the Calgary Hitmen.