Travis Sanheim became the brunt of many Penguins fan jokes when the Flyers drafted him in the first round of this year’s draft. Samheim’s twitter was a wonderland of, now ironic, pro Penguins tweets which eventually turned up this:
Despite Sanheim having to get over the bitter feel of a Flyers jersey, the 18 year old defenseman seemed right at home in his short preseason run with the Flyers. Sanheim has been impressing people all through training camp and gave some fans a first show of his game at the Flyers vs. Capitals rookie game.
“He did a great job,” said Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote (ex-Flyer) “He seems confident. He moves well. His character seems really composed. He grabs the ice well; he sees it well. “He seems confident. He moves well. His character seems really composed. He grabs the ice well; he sees it well…Composure is one of those things you can’t teach. I don’t think age determines composure; that’s his character to play like that.”
More importantly, Sanheim managed to stand out in the Flyers split squad preseason game against the Capitals. Sanheim seemed more comfortable in an NHL setting than you might expect an 18 year old with no prior NHL experience would be.
Earlier this week the Flyers did send Sanheim back to his WHL team, the Calgary Hitmen, but that’s been expected. No matter how talented he is, he still has to bulk up and work toward his potential. A day after sending him back to Calgary, the Flyers announced that they signed the first round draft pick to an entry level contract.
The contract is for 3 years and is worth $925,000 with bonuses.
Watch out for him, he’ll be back eventually.