The Flyers made a small move up in Friday night’s first round, trading picks 29 and 61 in order to move up to 24 and draft Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny. Konecny is a somewhat small (5-10, 176 pound) forward who is capable of playing both center or right wing. Konecny was a strong offensive player in the OHL, scoring 29 goals and 68 points over 60 games in 2014-15
Trading up to grab Konecny made sense here. He had already fallen further than many had thought he would, and Ron Hextall figured that he would probably not be on the board at 29. It’s tough to be too upset with trading pick 61 in order to grab a much needed prospect up front.
Konecny’s career statistics and a brief scouting report are listed below (via eliteprospects.com)
A talented scoring forward that can play either as a center or on the wing; plays with the bite and intensity of a guy who is willing to do anything to win a game. Possesses dynamic skating ability that allows him to accelerate rapidly with each step, incredible hockey sense, electrifying puckhandling skills, and a lightning release on his shot; when you put this skillset together with hard-nosed determination, proactiveness in all three zones, and a physical willingness to grind and persevere, you get a game-changer who can be extremely difficult to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)
Concerns about Konecny were mostly in regard to his size. He was one of the smaller prospects projected to go in the first round. Most draft analysts, however, seemed to agree that his size will be a manageable hurdle in his way to NHL success. Corey Pronman had him ranked as high as 7th overall for this draft class.
Please enjoy this video of Konecny scoring a goal for Team Canada in 2014, assisted by none other than Travis Sanheim. Maybe something we will eventually see more of?