The Philadelphia Flyers have selected right winger Travis Konecny of the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
While Konecny’s size is a concern – at only 5-foot-10 – his passion and heart are like few others. As the captain of the 67’s, Konecny is a player that puts his body on the line game in and game out – something the Flyers have always valued.
The Flyers obviously wanted Konecny as they traded their 29th overall pick and the 61st overall pick (which they acquired from Chicago) to move up five spots to Toronto’s 24th overall spot. Why?
Konecny has recorded 138 points (55g-83a) in just 123 games in the OHL in two seasons with Ottawa. While his size could come in to play down the road, he’ll have a great supporting cast in Philadelphia when he makes the jump in about two to three years.
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The Flyers have seven more picks starting in the third round and can add some more size to help Konecny when the time comes.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.