The Flyers sign the other first round pick early as well.
Ron Hextall selected Travis Konecny after trading up to the 24th pick, and he wouldn’t have lasted past that.
Travis Konecny was not getting past Winnipeg at 25…or Montreal at 26. Flyers were wise to trade up to 24.
— Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) July 16, 2015
Possibly the steal of the draft, Konecny was ranked somewhere from 11-15 by all of the major scouting voices in hockey.
If you need a reminder, the winger has major skill: 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.
Like Provorov, Travis Konecny receives the max three year $925,000 entry level contract with bonuses.
I think there’s a strong chance Konecny goes back to juniors with the Ottawa 67’s, but he could wow some heads in training camp.
— Travis Konecny (@traviskonecny) July 16, 2015