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Ivan Provorov set to burst through rookie tallies

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Ivan Provorov Set to Burst Through Rookie Tallies

The 2015 NHL Draft is well-known for names like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Zach Werenski and Brock Boeser. There is a lot of attention the stars of the draft receive and rightfully so. This year was among the highest in both expectation and production. With all this high-level talent, one name that people overlook is Ivan Provorov.

Ivan Provorov

With the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Philadelphia Flyers picked up Provorov. The young defensman is only 21 years old, but shows the poise and promise of a veteran. Although he is not the biggest player in the league, Provorov is a young leader. He carries his 6′ 1”, 201 lb. frame with much skill and finesse. Certain dimensions and skills does not guarantee good production however, but he has done very well for the Flyers this year. Through 49 games, the Russian defenseman has tallied a respectable 24 points. Last year, Provorov gave the Flyers 30 points through all 82 games.

Defenseman throughout the NHL are not known as the greatest point-producers. The way that games and players carry themselves, it is understood that defenseman’s duties are on the “plus-minus” stat. The “plus-minus” stat refers to the athlete’s impact on the ice when goals are scored. Provorov currently owns a career -2 plus-minus. This is misleading, considering he is putting up a +5 this season. Along with this improvement in plus-minus, he is averaging 24:32 TOI/GP.


Not only is Provorov showing great improvement personally, but he is needed this year. The Flyers are in the midst of a rocky year. Despite successes of certain players (i.e, Giroux, Voracek, Gostisbehere), the team has struggled. To keep the hopes of playoffs alive, Provorov will have to continue his sold play on defense. Along with Gostisbehere, the two sophomores will have to keep consistency on the back end. That is necessary for the Flyers moving forward.