Things are going pretty well for Travis Sanheim right now. He's having success in juniors, second in scoring both on his Calgary Hitmen and out of all WHL defensemen with 28 points through 22 games - fewer games played than the other top guys. He's a good candidate to make Team Canada's World Juniors team. And he had a sweet assist on the most prolific goal in Teddy Bear Toss history.
Following the teddy bear game (a 2-1 shootout victory for the Hitmen) I had the chance to check in with Sanheim, and where he's at in terms of his development.
"Right now I'm just focusing on developing my game, and making sure that I'm doing everything right to be able to get to that next level. I'm not sure when that'll be, but I just wanna make sure that I'm ready and trying to get there as quick as possible."
He's also been following the Philadelphia Flyers this season as best as he can, and that includes Shayne Gostisbehere's journey:
"I think it's pretty cool to see that [Gostisbehere's] having success at the NHL level. He's a pretty skilled guy, and I think you've seen that in the games that he's played. When he gets his opportunities, he makes the most of it.
I got a chance to play with him as a D-partner in pre-season and he ended up scoring two goals in that game. Just the skill that he has, the ability to control the play, he's going to be a good pro and good NHLer for a lot of years."
Maybe one day, down the line, that pairing can be reunited in the NHL. Sanheim will likely turn pro next season, and if everything goes according to plan, it will only be a matter of time for him.