Isaac on Flyers: Konechy, Provorov and Sanheim Sent to Juniors
The glimpse at the Flyers' future was fun while it lasted.
The team sent its three most recent first-round picks back to their respective junior teams Wednesday after two preseason games apiece.
Travis Konecny will go back to the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's. Travis Sanheim will head to Calgary with the Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and Ivan Provorov to the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. None will make the NHL this season. The Flyers' training camp roster stands at 55 with more cuts to come Wednesday.
(Listen to Flyers insider Dave Isaac discuss the Flyers preseason games)
"I’m working hard and just trying to do my best to make a good impression," Konecny said Tuesday night after the Flyers' preseason win over the Rangers in which he registered an assist and two hits. "As far as I’m concerned I’m just taking it day by day and trying not to worry about what’s going to happen decision-wise and just do my thing."
The 18 year old was particularly impressive in training camp, scoring a goal against the New York Islanders Monday night in his preseason debut. Named captain of the 67's last year, Konecny heads back to juniors where he'll be a huge part of Ottawa's team. He had 68 points in 60 games last season for the 67's. Generously listed at 5-foot-10, Konecny opened eyes with his speed, although he said the speed of the NHL preseason games was the biggest surprise to him so far in camp. With a crowded depth chart full of veterans, there was no room for Konecny to start his rookie NHL season just yet.