[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

By Peter Prohaska
Ivan Provorov - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Although already stocked with talented, young defensemen, the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t pass up the chance to add talented Brandon Wheat Kings defender Ivan Provorov at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

Although possessing several excellent defensive prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers were undoubtedly overjoyed to select Ivan Provorov with the seventh overall pick. It did not necessary represent a position of need for the Flyers, with Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin already in the fold. Still, Ivan Provorov rose all season in the draft ranking until he was discussed as a potential third overall. It would have been a great surprise to see the young Russian slip out of the top ten, and he represents a value pick at this slot.

2014-15 was Provorov’s rookie season in the WHL and he proved to be up to the challenge of the league. Part of that was probably due to the fact that he has spent the last several seasons in North America. The ease with both the style of play and the language are evident in Provorov.

Though the Wheat Kings lost the WHL championship to a worthy Kelowna Rockets squad, Provorov was instrumental in a successful regular season. While he does everything well on the ice, it is in his ability to process play that Provorov really separates himself from the average player.

Provorov admits he must work on “all aspects of (his) game” but he knows he might make the Flyers next season. “The difference between the levels is just the speed and the physical play … to get better at this is the main thing.”

Below is a video reel that shows what Provorov is capable of doing when pushing the attack.