NHL Draft War Room: Travis Sanheim

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)

Travis Sanheim

THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings – Apr-14: #41

THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #52 (March 2014; will undoubtedly be a riser)

Travis Sanheim
Travis Sanheim (Brad Watson/WHL)


  • Hashtag: #TheLateArrival
  • Team: #32, Calgary, WHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 189 lb.
  • Born: Elkhorn, MB, 29-Mar-96
  • Twitter: @sanheim17


Other Rankings

  • 32 – Craig Button, Mar-14
  • 67 – NHL Combined – Final, Apr-14

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  • Quote 1: Kyle Woodlief at USAToday.com, “Has been a revelation of late. Huge, rangy blue-liner’s confidence has been soaring, and we love his combination of size, skating, puck skills and shot.”
  • Quote 2: BJ MacDonald of NHL Central Scouting at Flames.NHL.com, “When he started getting more ice time in November, he started becoming one of their best defenders. His one-on-one play and containment gets better every game. He uses his reach with an active stick and is not afraid to stand up and challenge forwards. He could be a nice surprise pick; he has the size and hockey sense for next level.”

From the War Room

Eldon MacDonald, THW:  A few words on Travis Sanheim:

  • The Late Arrival – First 31 games, 2 assists and a +6. Then they let him play: 36 games, 27 points and a +19.
  • Offense – Travis started to blossom when they started to use him –  great shot on the PP, the skating ability to join the rush, good passing ability – still raw so the best is yet to come.
  • Defense – NHL size at 6’3, 189 lb., solid one-on-one, good stick.
  • Draft placement – I don’t know, Travis just keeps getting better so just when you think that you have him pegged, he ups his game. Second round, at least, for sure – earlier rather than later for me.
  • Post U18 WJC update – After his play for Team Canada at the U18 WJC in Finland for Team Canada, I think Travis will be getting serious consideration for round one. Afterall, all he did was:
    • Lead Team Canada in plus/minus with a +5 in seven games.
    • Tie for the team lead in points (6) with his Calgary Hitman teammate, Jake Virtanen.
    • Get named by opposing coaches as one of Canada’s three best players (the others were Haydn Fleury and Mason MacDonald).
    • Demonstrate a high if not elite level of vision and creativity.
    • Show he was a player to be counted upon when the game was on the line. These last two things will be talked about a lot by scouts, a lot.


  • Video 1: BigWhite06– Assist on Travis Konechy goal at 2014 U18 WJC in Finland
  • Video 2: BigWhite06– Assist on Jake Virtanen goal (U18 WJC)