Travis Sanheim: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

TravisSanheim150Travis Sanheim  — 

League:  WHL     Team:  Calgary Hitmen   

Position:  D     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Mar. 29, 1996     Birthplace:  Elkhorn, MB 

Height: 6’3     Weight:  190

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 67   G: 5   A:  54  Pts:  29  PIM: 14   Plus/Minus:  +25

2014 WJC-18  Stats:  Games: 7   G: 0   A:  6  Pts:  6  PIM: 0   Plus/Minus:  +5

Travis Sanheim plays in the Western Hockey League for the  Calgary Hitmen.

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Travis Sanheim.


1.  Represented Canada (Western) at the 2013 World U17 Hockey Challenge. 

2.  Drafted 177th overall in the 9th round of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Calgary Hitmen. 

3.  Represented Canada at the 2014 World U18 Hockey Challenge (Bronze)* 

Offensive Buzzwords

Travis Sanheim was not used a lot in offensive situations early on in the season but in the second half he has started to show the Calgary Hitmen his underrated offensive skills.  He is playing with a little more confidence in his offensive game and showing he is more than just a stay at home defenceman.  He can skate, pass and he possesses a pretty good shot. 


Travis Sanheim from Elkhorn, MB


Travis Sanheim  a very solid skater with good agility and mobility.  He rarely gets beat in one on one situations.     

Defensive Buzzwords

Travis Sanheim is a very good defensive defenceman that sees the ice very well and makes a very good first pass on the breakout.  He is also starting to develop a solid 200 ft game.   

Prospect Analysis 

Travis Sanheim is another late arrival into the first round conversation.  He has the tools to potentially be a number 3 or 4 defenceman at the NHL level.  He has always been a solid defender but his ever improving offensive game has turned some heads in the second half of the season.  He is playing with a little more confidence, jumping into the play at the right times and putting up some points.  Travis Sanheim has worked his way into a late first or early second round draft pick.  Travis Sanheim’s stock is definitely trending upwards.  A player to keep an eye on.

* Added

* Travis Sanheim’s stock is continuing to rise after a solid WJC-18 tournament this spring.  He lead the tournament in points and assists for a defenceman and was named as a “Top 3 Player” on Team Canada.  Don’t be surprised if Sanheim works his way into the Top 15 or even Top 10 !!!


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