The Philadelphia Flyers’ 7th overall pick at the 2015 NHL draft has been absolutely breathtaking for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season.
Ivan Provorov has arguably been playing like the best defenseman of the 2015 NHL draft, he provides the Brandon Wheat Kings with sturdy defense and excellent offense. He is showing everyone that he can play a solid two-way game.
Provorov came to North-America in 2011 when he was only 14. He lived in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and played for the Knights in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. Provorov lead the team to the U-16 national title. He was later selected 5th overall by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL (United-States Hockey League) futures draft where he put up 19 points in 56 games.
Last season, Provorov was selected 30th by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the CHL import draft. In his first season with Brandon, he put up an outstanding 61 points in 60 games to go with a +36 rating.
In his 2015-2016 campaign, Provorov has stepped up to a completely different level, he finished the season with 73 points in 62 games (21 goals) and posted a jaw-dropping +64 rating. The Russian also played in the World Junior Hockey Championship, where he finished 3rd in defenseman scoring with no goals and 8 assists behind only Zach Werenski (CBJ) and Olli Juolevi (Eligible at 2016 NHL draft). Unfortunately for Provorov, his team fell to the host team, Finland, in the gold medal game in overtime.
Ivan is known to be a very coachable player, he learns well and his hockey IQ is off the charts. Some experts are calling him the smartest player from the 2015 draft. Craig Button also had some praise for the youngster.
After putting up such incredible numbers this season, I have a feeling Provorov will not be too far from the NHL, he may very well be in the Flyers’ lineup starting next season.
Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8