Friday, 26 June 2015

Provorov Chosen by Flyers with 7th Overall Pick

Provorov poses with his parents Friday night (photo courtesy
@NHLFlyers twitter feed)
  Ivan Provorov became the 19th Wheat Kings' player to be chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft Friday night, being selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.

  Provorov had 15 goals and 61 points in 60 games in his rookie season with Brandon, and was the first of five Western Hockey League players chosen in the first round.

  The Russian blueliner had been interviewed three times by the Flyers ahead of the draft, and said in his interview after the selection that he was a little nervous when Flyers' GM Ron Hextall got to the podium.

  "I was just hoping the Flyers would pick me and that's what happen so I'm really glad," said the 6-foot-0, 201 pound Provorov, "Just a great organization, lots of history and they've had a good team and I'm going to be everything I can to make the team as soon as possible."

  As soon as possible might mean as early as this fall, though that is very much up in the air.

  Provorov feels he's close to being NHL ready.

  "I'm going to work had this summer, go to the main camp and see what happens." said Provorov.

  "We believe you build from the back-end up and Ivan is going to be a big part of our defence moving forward," said Brandon product and former Wheat King Ron Hextall, the Flyers' GM, "We're really excited to have him, real good all-around player, great hockey sense."

  Provorov becomes the highest drafted Wheat Kings since current Flyer Brayden Schenn was selected fifth overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2009 NHL Draft, and he joins a group of Flyers' prospects that also includes Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim, a defenceman with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

  Sanheim was Philadelphia's first round pick (17th overall) in last year's NHL Draft and signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers shortly after last year's training camp.

  The first round was all that took place Friday night, with rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft taking place Saturday.

  Provorov's Wheat Kings' defence partner Ryan Pilon is expected to be one of the first 50 players off the board when the draft resumes at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

  Two other Wheat Kings are possible late round picks in goaltender Jordan Papirny and top scorer Tim McGauley.

Provorov poses with Flyers' GM Ron Hextall (left) and
owner Ed Snider (right)

Provorov gets his big day captured in a photo shoot

Provorov meets with the media

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