Instant Analysis: Flyers lock up Travis Sanheim for two more years

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How about them Philadelphia Flyersss? The proud orange clad fans were rejoicing throughout the streets of Vancouver following the draft. Well, let’s give them more to cheer about.

Newly crowned General Manager Chuck Fletcher wanted to keep his young up and coming stars intact with the orange and black for years to come. He stayed true to his promise as the Flyers officially announced the re-signing of Travis Sanheim today for another two years.

“I’m obviously really excited,” Sanheim said via the team’s official press release. “It’s a big step in my career. I’m looking forward to another two years with the Flyers. I’m really excited with the way the team’s moving forward and the moves we’ve made this summer.”

Sanheim entered the 2018-19 season with one goal in mind, improve from last year. In his first stint with the orange and black in 2017-18, Sanheim found himself in and out of the lineup at times. Fast forward to the 2018-19 season, and he became a permanent fixture on the Flyers blue line, emerging as one of the most consistent Defensemen that the Flyers had.

This young, gifted Defenseman in Sanheim has made the most of his NHL opportunity when he was given the chance to do so, and this new two-year contract of $6.50 million ($3.25 million AAV) is very much well deserved. For the 2018-19 season, Sanheim has registered a solid 9 goals, and 26 assists in 82 games played. Yes, he has made some mistakes, however, Sanheim was phenomenal for the most part. Sanheim had a Corsi rating of 49.5% (EV) on the season, and finallllllly from the Lord’s prayers Sanheim registered approximately 21:55 ATOI since Scott Gordon took over the helm, good enough for a whopping career-high total of 19:34 ATOI for the season.

Sanheim busted his butt, and did well with his gap control this season. He should be averaging close to 20 minutes of ice time every game from here on out. Of course, the more Sanheim continues to play on the PP2 Unit it will increase his on-ice totals, as well.

This is a great day to be a Flyers fan. Thankfully Sanheim is here for another two years. This young man is a rising star in Philly, and this is a contract we all should get hyped for. Lettttttttttttttttttttttts go Flyersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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