JUNIOR WATCH: Konecny’s scintillating start with Sarnia

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January 10, 2016

Travis Konecny was considered a key cog for Canada’s World Junior squad heading into this year’s tournament in Finland. However, Team Canada disappointed with a seventh-place finish.

During a long flight back to North America from Fenno-Scandinavia, Konecny likely refocused his attention on the Ontario Hockey League season and getting his Ottawa 67’s in Robertson Cup contention. Instead, the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round pick was stunned by a trade that dealt him to the Sarnia Sting.

The move has paid off already for Sarnia, because Konecny has been nothing short of spectacular for the Sting since he first joined the team.

In his first game with his new squad, the 5-foot-10 Tasmanian devil scored a hat trick, including an absolute dazzler (with a sick, sliding celebration) for his third goal of the night.

Konecny wasn’t done there, though. His team lost 5-4 in OT to Owen Sound on the night of his hat trick debut, but in just his second game with the Sting, Konecny pulled off a stunning move for the shootout-deciding goal as Sarnia beat Saginaw 5-4. The move was, well, just see for yourself.

Konecny has 10 goals and 38 assists for 48 points in 31 games this season. His 38 assists are fifth-most in the OHL.

The London, Ont. native was taken 24th overall of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by Philadelphia with a pick the Flyers got by trading up to snag the selection from the Toronto Maple Leafs who had the pick after a trade deadline deal with the Nashville Predators.

While Konecny’s NHL rights are already owned, he joined a Sarnia team that was headlined by two of the best draft eligible skaters for 2016. Defenseman Jakob Chychrun and right wing Jordan Kyrou will both participate in the CHL Top Prospects Game at the end of the month. Chychrun, a second-generation star as the son of former NHLer Jeff Chychrun, is the top-ranked defenseman available for the upcoming draft.

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