Travis Konecny, over time, has become that skill player with a willingness to the dirty work.
That, of course, is the paradigm for Canada's national junior team, even as Hockey Canada has shifted its focus more to skill and speed after learning some hard lessons during a half-decade gold-medal drought at the world junior championship. Konecny, the the Philadephia Flyers first-round pick and Ottawa 67's captain who is tied for second in the OHL assists race, fits in with that. The 18-year-old right wing getting the call on Tuesday to join Team Canada selection camp in Toronto really just about confirming expectations of those who have followed the Clachan, Ont.'s native progress closely for 2½ seasons.
Konency put up numbers in his yearling OHL season, when he was the circuit's rookie of the year. In coach-GM Jeff Brown's grand scheme, he's more of an all-around player, with a reverse Cy Young stat line. With six goals and 33 assists, he's the only only top-10 scorer in the OHL with aRead More »from Flyers first-rounder Travis Konecny should lend Team Canada 'dynamic' element