Travis Konecny, RC/W
Hometown: Clachan, ON, CAN
Drafted: 2015 by Philadelphia Flyers, 24th overall
February 2017 – Konecny seems ahead of schedule to return from an injury. As it stands, he may be cleared to return two weeks earlier than expected. He’s likely going to take some time get back up to speed given that it’s a lower-body ailment, so patience ought to be exercised. Those in dynasty leagues would do well to see if they can buy low on the NHL freshman for the long haul. Edric Joseph
February 2017 – As a means to jumpstart the team, Coach Hakstol elected to scratch NHL freshman Travis Konecny against Montreal and Los Angeles this past weekend, but dressed Monday night against the St.Louis Blues. Fantasy owners shouldn’t grow concerned just yet as Konecny has contributed very little towards the team’s recent struggles and remains a nice upside pick for keeper leagues going forward. Edric Joseph
December 2016 – Going into the Christmas break, Travis Konecny is on a 21-game goalless drought. His dynasty league value remains high but one-year leagues should exercise caution. He still has 16 points through 34 games so he still provides some depth forward value. Edric Joseph
November 2016 – Don’t look now but Travis Konecny has 10 points in 17 games to start the year with the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s got more to offer in the long-term but this is rate of production is still a pleasant surprise given how wet behind the ears he is by NHL standards. Edric Joseph
June 2016 – Konecny wrapped up a fantastic 2015-16 campaign by totalling 30 goals and 101 points in 60 regular season contests split between Ottawa and Sarnia. Hampered by a shoulder injury late in the season, the offensively charged Konecny only suited up for two playoff games, recording three points before his team was eliminated in the first round. The former first-round pick will push for a spot with the Flyers in camp this fall, but his size and some holes in his defensive game will likely earn him a final year of junior. Despite that likely scenario, this is a player who is on track to become a top six forward at either the wing or centre ice position. – Cam Robinson
February 2016 – Konecny has exploded offensively this year, splitting time with the Ottawa 67's and the Sarnia Sting after a mid-season trade. He has already collected 65 points through just 40 games between the two teams with 20 of those points coming in just 11 games since joining the Sting. The diminutive, high-skilled forward has an intense, feisty style that should serve him well while learning from a similar player in the Flyer organization, Claude Giroux. Lee Rayson
June 2015 – The Philadelphia Flyers traded up five spots with the Toronto Maple Leafs to select competitive skilled winger Travis Konecny in the 24th slot at the 2015 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross
November 2014 – Every year a player struggles in his draft season and this year, Travis Konecny hasn’t quite had the start that he’s probably envisioned. Battling through a concussion and taking on more responsibility as captain, Konecny may be putting too much pressure on himself. Eventually, the 2014 OHL Rookie of the Year will find his way out of it. Konecny continues to show an unmatched work ethic and owns the drive to succeed. His elite level shooting ability continues to shine but the pucks aren’t finding their way as frequent as last year. Travis started slowly in the goal department during his freshman season so let’s see if he can replicate his strong second half showing from last year.
November 2014 – Konecny was benched on November 16th but has since returned with more jump in his game posting points in three straight games starting November 21st. He registered a career-high 4-point game on November 22nd against the Kingston Frontenacs. Once considered a potential Top 10 selection for the 2015 NHL Draft, Konecny’s value has slid and many view him as a legitimate Top 20 contender. Brendan Ross
September 2014 – Dating back to his Minor Midget days with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, Travis Konecny has always been one of the hardest working and most determined players in his age group. The quick footed, sharp shooting pivot was selected 1st overall by the Ottawa 67’s at the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Konecny would go on to have an outstanding rookie season (named OHL Rookie of the Year) and his ice time and responsibilities continued to escalate due to his hard working approach. Named Ottawa 67’s captain in the summer of 2014, sophomore Travis Konecny also represented Canada at the World Under-17 Championships (as Captain) and Ivan Hlinka Tournaments.
Konecny is a standout player in many aspects but it's his dynamic skating ability and lethal shooting arsenal that draws the most attention. His first few steps generate powerful bursts offering him the separation gear he needs to flank out wide and unleash a shot packed with one of the best releases of his age group. Even with his smaller stature, he wields a dynamic snapshot that explodes off of the blade generating elite velocity that finds the net with great accuracy. His rookie leading 26 goals are a testament to his shooting skills but he has also showed the soft touch and awareness to operate as a playmaker, but it's a role he hasn’t adopted to the level he is capable of yet. Brendan Ross
Fantasy Outlook: B+
A quick and spirited scoring forward, Konecny projects as a top-six sniper who can play anywhere in the top nine.
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