Travis Sanheim

Philadelphia Flyers
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Fantasy Summary

Top-four mobile defenseman with increasing offensive upside.

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.2
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 29, 1996
Height 6‘4”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 1; Overall: 17


March 2019 – The rich get richer when it comes to the Flyers and their blue line as Sanheim continues to build steam through his rookie campaign. He is up to a very respectable, hard-earned 31 points in 68 NHL games and in doing so is carving out his own opportunity and spot in the Flyers’ rotation. He can take more initiative in the defensive zone, especially since he is not that physical a player. That being said, this is a very promising start. Expect him to come out swinging in the years to come when he competes with more proven fixtures such as Gostisbehere and Provorov for ice time. Edric Joseph

June 2018 – Sanheim made the club out of camp and saw modest ice time on the third pairing. But as January rolled around he had difficulty getting into the lineup. The Flyers sent him down to get more ice time and he proceeded to take the AHL by storm, posting 16 points in 18 games and practically forcing a recall. Down the stretch he wasn’t taken out of the lineup again in the regular season and posted six points in those 18 late-year games. Has the potentially to be ridiculously productive, even with Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov around. Dobber

August 2017 – Travis Sanheim exudes confidence after his first full tenure of professional hockey. “I feel like I’m ready, I’m going to compete for a spot…until somebody tells me differently, that’s my goal. I’m coming to make the Flyers.” After 36 points in 76 AHL games last year, he has a case although he will need to battle it out with other rearguards of interest such as Robert Hagg and Sam Morin. Edric Joseph

March 2017 – Travis Sanheim has been a staple of the Lehigh Valley blueline this year with 29 points to go with 38 penalty minutes through 63 games. An impressive run so far for his first full campaign with the Phantoms. As pleasing as he has been, the Flyers won’t rush him into the their rotation until he fine tunes his decision making on offense. Until then, he will remain a big fish in a small pond.  Edric Joseph

December 2016 – Going into the Christmas break, Travis Sanheim had four goals in five games for the LeHigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL. Not sustainable at this level let alone the NHL level but the harmonious tandem he forms with Sam Morin has been pleasing to follow and worth keeping an eye on in future fantasy hockey drafts. Edric Joseph

June 2016 – Sanheim outdid his draft eligible season by a large margin in 2015-16. He ranked second on his Calgary Hitmen squad in scoring with 15 goals and 68 points in just 52 games and added six points in five playoff contests. The offensively-gifted Sanheim concluded his season with a taste of AHL action where he stood out, scoring a goal and adding two helpers in his four games for Lehigh Valley. With a crowded blue line in front of him and fellow top prospect, Ivan Provorov more likely to make the team out of camp, Sanheim will hone his craft in the AHL next season. Look for some strong numbers even as the transition can be challenging for defensemen as Sanheim boasts fantastic vision, crisp outlet passes and an ability to get his shot through to the net. Cam Robinson

February 2016 – Sanheim is on pace for a career year offensively through 30 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. With eight goals and 32 assists, he is on pace to surpass his previous high of 67 points in 65 games last year. Despite the focus on offense, he still plays with an edge to his game, as he has accumulated 36 penalty minutes. His vision on the ice looks to be NHL-ready as early as the 2016-17 season, and with fellow young Flyer prospects Gostisbehere and Provorov, Philadelphia could have one of the most formidable, balanced bluelines for years to come.  Lee Rayson

March 2015 – Travis Sanheim has finished the regular season as the Western Hockey League’s top scoring defenseman with 15 goals and 50 assists for 65 points in 67 games. In addition, he was named the Ed Williams Player of the Month as well as the Defenseman of the Year for the Calgary Hitmen. While most eyes in Philadelphia are on the development of Samuel Morin and Shayne Gostisbehere, fans and decision makers alike should not lose sight of the Flyers 2014 first round pick who just may end up being the club’s top defensive prospect. Zach Hopkins 

February 2015 – More than a handful of pro scouts have called Travis Sanheim the best defenseman in the Western Hockey League this season. The Flyers first round pick of last summer’s draft is having a phenomenal season in Calgary where the blueliner has recorded 11 goals, 44 assists and a plus-24 rating in 54 games. He has maintained his point-per-game pace all season thus far. The Flyers front office (and fan base) continue to salivate over one-fourth of ‘The Core Four’ of defensve prospects and TSN analyst and former NHL General Manager Craig Button has continuously compared Sanheim to Ryan McDonagh. The possible steal of the 2014 first round has two seasons of eligibility left in the WHL and it will be interesting to see just how far he takes his game. Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall is content to have his prospects spend time in the American League but Sanheim may end up proving him wrong if he keeps elevating his game and remains one of the best players on the ice night in and night out. Watching him play and develop has helped ease the pain for a franchise that is bleeding on their NHL blueline. Zach Hopkins 

Oct 2014 – Sanheim is keeping his point/game pace as he has registered three goals and four assists through seven games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, Zach Hopkins

Oct 2014 – Sanheim opened a lot of eyes during training camp including those of Craig Berube and Ron Hextall. His composure and the fluidity with which he skates made him one of the more excitable rookies in camp. Sanheim signed his entry-level deal before heading back to Calgary of the Western Hockey League where he has recorded two goals and one assist in three games. This past year’s first-round pick is cementing his place in Philadelphia’s Core Four of defensive prospects with Samuel MorinShayne Gostisbehere and Robert HaggZach Hopkins

June 2014 – The Philadelphia Flyers selected Travis Sanheim 17th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

May 2014 – Rising up the draft boards, Calgary Hitmen defenseman Travis Sanheim was playing some impressive hockey down the stretch. Showing more confidence in his offensive abilities, Sanheim’s puck rushing and overall poise improved substantially. Given his size, Sanheim is a very good skater and he has started to use it more as an offensive weapon. He had one of the most impressive Under-18 World Championship showings finishing the tournament with six assists in seven games. Sanheim’s late season surge could result in a top 40 selection at the 2014 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Elkhorn Bantam AA Bantam - - - - - |          
 2011-2012 Yellowhead Chiefs Midget AAA MMHL 44 15 24 39 14 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
 2012-2013 Yellowhead Chiefs Midget AAA MMHL 43 12 23 35 44 | Playoffs 4 2 3 5
  Winkler Flyers MJHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
  Canada Western U17 WHC-17 5 0 1 1 2 |          
 2013-2014 Calgary Hitmen WHL 67 5 24 29 14 | Playoffs 6 1 1 2
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 0 6 6 0 |          
 2014-2015 Calgary Hitmen WHL 67 15 50 65 52 | Playoffs 17 5 13 18 10 
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 Calgary Hitmen WHL 52 15 53 68 66 | Playoffs 5 1 5 6
  Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 4 1 2 3 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 76 10 27 37 46 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
 2017-2018 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 49 2 8 10 20 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 18 1 15 16 10 | Playoffs 7 1 2 3
 2018-2019 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 9 26 35 22 |          
 2019-2020 Philadelphia Flyers NHL - - - - - |