Name: Ivan Provorov
Born: January 13, 1997 (18) – Yaroslavl, Russia
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Weight: 201 lbs.
2014-2015 season: 61 points (15 G, 46 A) and a +36 in 60 games with Brandon. 13 points (2 G, 11 A) in 19 games during the postseason.
- Played in CHL Top Prospects Game
- World Junior Championships silver medal with Russia
- First team WHL Eastern Conference All Star
- Led WHL in assists (46) by a rookie
- Led WHL in points (61) by a rookie
- #5 (McKeen’s Hockey)
- #5 (TSN’s Craig Button)
- #7 (Hockey Prospect)
- #7 (ISS Hockey)
- #7 (Future Considerations)
- #7 (NHL Central Scouting: North American skaters)
Elite Prospects: An offensively gifted defenceman who can direct the game’s pace when the puck is on his stick. Provorov is a quick and agile skater with an accurate release on his shot, which he can get off anywhere below the blue line; creates many chances on the power play and can even create offense during the penalty kill. Is an adroit and creative passer who knows how to use his teammates well. All-in-all, a complete defenceman who knows how goals are scored and executes accordingly.
Craig Button (TSN): Ivan Provorov is my highest ranked defenceman and No. 5 overall. His game is both complete and thorough. He lacks in nothing and excels in all aspects and there’s no challenge in the game that overwhelms him and he can anchor a blue line for years to come.
NHL.com mock drafts
Adam Kimelman (8th overall to Columbus): The Russian-born defenseman had an outstanding first North American season, leading all Western Hockey League rookies in scoring and finishing fourth among WHL defensemen. The Blue Jackets have stocked up on young, talented forwards in recent seasons; now it’s time to find some top-end defensemen.
Mike G. Morreale (8th overall to Columbus): The 6-foot, 201-pound left-shot defender was fourth among Western Hockey League defensemen with 61 points (15 goals, 46 assists) in 60 games as a rookie and his strong play has continued in the playoffs with two goals and eight points in 10 games to help Brandon reach the WHL conference finals. The Russian logs a lot of ice time, is good on special teams and likes to be a physical presence.
The Flyers would be wise to select Provorov if he’s still on the board at #7. Ron Hextall can’t draft for need, as no winger picked would be able to step in right away anyway. There’s no guarantee any of the core four defense prospects will be NHL success stories. Provorov would become the cream of the crop among Sanheim, Morin, Gostisbehere, and Hagg. There will be skilled forwards available with the 29th or 30th overall pick later in the first round. The future Flyers defense will hopefully be more adapted to the new NHL with fast and skilled defensemen such as Ivan.