Travis Sanheim
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Travis Sanheim


Elkhorn Manitoba

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1st round (17th overall), 2014


190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


2010-11: Travis Sanheim played for the Elkhorn bantam AA team in Manitoba. He was selected by Calgary in the ninth round (177th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Sanheim skated with his twin brother Taylor, a forward, on the Yellowhead Chiefs midget major team in Manitoba. He scored 15 goals with 24 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games and had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in two playoff games.

2012-13: Sanheim made his junior hockey debut — joining the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers following his second season with the Yellowhead Chiefs — and played for Canada Western in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in six games for Winkler. Sanheim once again led Yellowhead’s defensemen in scoring; scoring 12 goals with 23 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games.He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Sanheim had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Western.

2013-14: Sanheim played in 67 of 72 regular season games as part of a talented defense corps for the Calgary Hitmen in his first season WHL season and played for Canada in the 2014 U18 World Juniors. He scored 5 goals with 24 assists and was plus-25 with 14 penalty minutes in the regular season.  The Hitmen finished first in the Central Division but lost to Kootenay in a six-game first-round playoff series. Sanheim scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-5 with 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games. In seven games at the U18 WJC he had 6 assists and was plus-5 with no penalties. Canada won a bronze medal, defeating Sweden 3-1. Sanheim was ranked 167th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings and moved up to 53rd in the final rankings before being selected by Philadelphia in the first round (17th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Sanheim has limited experience in with only one WHL season in the books. He is a puck-moving defenseman with very good vision. He saw increased ice time during second half of his first major junior season and his stock increased among scouts after skating for Canada in the 2014 U18 WJC. Sanheim has a tall frame with room to add weight.


Sanheim attended his first training camp with the Flyers before returning to Calgary for his second WHL season in 2014-15. He is expected to be a leader on a talented Hitmen team that once again should be one of the league's top teams. Long-range he appears to have the requisite skills to be a talented defender capable of creating attacks from his own end.

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