Ivan Provorov
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Ivan Provorov

Hometown:

Yaroslavl Russia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-01-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

1st Round (7th Overall), 2015

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Ivan Provorov skated for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights U16 team in Pennsylvania in his second season in North America. A product of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl youth program, he played for the Knights’ bantam team the previous season. Provorov was selected by Cedar Rapids in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft.

2013-14: Provorov skated for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as a 16-year-old and played for the Russia U18 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was -6 with 32 penalty minutes in 56 games for Cedar Rapids before leaving the RoughRiders with four games left in the regular season to join the Russia U18 team. Cedar Rapids finished second in the Eastern Conference and lost to third-place Dubuque in a first-round playoff series. Provorov had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalty minutes in five games as Russia finished fifth in the U18 WJC, falling 3-2 to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Provorov was selected by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the third round (120th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft and was selected by Brandon in the first round (30th overall) of the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

2014-15: Provorov was the fourth-leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen in his first season with the Brandon Wheat Kings and played for Russia in the Subway Series and the 2015 World Junior Championship. He scored 15 goals with 46 assists and was +36 with 42 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games, missing six games with an upper-body injury. Brandon finished first in the East Division and defeated Calgary in the Eastern Conference finals to reach the WHL finals against Kelowna. Provorov scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was -4 with 10 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. He had 1 assist and was +2 with no penalties in seven games at the WJC as Russia won a silver medal, falling 5-4 to Canada in a wild gold medal game.  Provorov had 2 assists in two games in Russia’s two games against the WHL all-stars. He skated for Team Orr in the 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked seventh amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Philadelphia in the first round (7th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Provorov signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers in July 2015 before returning to Brandon for his second season with the Wheat Kings. Edging teammate Macoy Erkamps (OTT) to lead all WHL defensemen in scoring, he scored 21 goals with 52 assists and was +64 with 16 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. Brandon finished first in the East Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Memorial Cup host Red Deer. Provorov scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +12 with 4 penalty minutes through 11 playoff games. He skated for Russia’s silver medal-winning U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship, finishing +2 with 8 assists and 2 penalty minutes in seven games. Russia lost to host Finland, 4-3 in overtime, in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Provorov was one of the best defenders available in the 2015 NHL Draft, and now he is Philadelphia’s most talented blue line prospect. A lot is expected from the young defenseman, who brings offensive skills, good skating ability and high hockey IQ. While Provorov can aid with offense, he plays a 200-foot game and is a physical defender.

Future

Provorov was one of the top defenseman in the WHL skating for Brandon in 2015-16. A puck mover with outstanding skating and passing skills, he could push for a spot with Philadelphia in training camp in 2016-17 as a 19-year-old. Long-term he projects as a top pairing defenseman.

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