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One day after sending him back to junior, Flyers ink 1st-rounder Sanheim

2014 NHL Draft - Round 1

2014 NHL Draft - Round 1

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Eventful last 24 hours for Travis Sanheim.

Sent packing from Flyers training camp yesterday, Sanheim -- the club’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft -- signed his entry-level contract on Thursday, the club announced.

While he’ll spend this season in WHL Calgary, getting Sanheim signed is a welcome development for the Flyers. He, along with ’13 first-rounder Samuel Morin and former NCAA standout Shayne Gostisbehere, is expected to be a key part of Philly’s future blueline -- one that looks pretty promising, based on this year’s camp (which Morin and Gostisbehere are still a part of.)

Though Sanheim was sent back to junior after just one preseason game, reports suggest he acquitted himself well. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound rearguard has been steadily on the rise; he made big jumps up various boards as he got closer to the draft, and wound up being the fourth blueliner selected, behind Florida’s Aaron Ekblad, Carolina’s Haydn Fleury and Dallas’ Julius Honka.