Friday, 26 June 2015

Provorov Coveted by Several NHL Teams

Ivan Provorov
  Ivan Provorov shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called Friday night at the NHL Draft.

  The Wheat Kings' defenceman is expected to be a Top-10 pick and many experts are predicting he won't get past the fourth overall selection, which is owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  Provorov had 15 goals and 61 points in 60 games in his rookie season with the Wheat Kings in 2014-2015.

  "I thought I had a great year.  I thought I was consistent and did everything that I could to help the team win," said Provorov in an interview with the NHL Network, "We had a great team, won a lot of games and winning is fun."

  Provorov was ranked seventh among North American skaters in the final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service, but many are calling him the most complete defenceman available in this year's draft.

  "It means a lot.  I think I worked hard to get here, where I am," said Provorov, "It's nice to hear people appreciate the way you play."

  The 6-foot-0, 201 pound Provorov would become the highest selected Wheat King since Wade Redden went second overall in the 1995 NHL Draft.

  As well, Bill Derlago went fourth overall to Vancouver in 1978.

  Provorov is apparently drawing a lot of interest from teams, with Philadelphia Flyers' GM Ron Hextall said to 'covet' the Brandon blueliner, and rumours persist teams are trying to pry the #3 pick away from the Arizona Coyotes in order to leap in front of the 'Leafs and select Provorov.

  Only the first round goes Friday night in Sunrise, Florida, with the second through seventh rounds taking place Saturday.

  Wheat Kings' blueliner Ryan Pilon is expected to be chosen in the late second or early third round, while a couple of other Wheat Kings could get a late-round look in Tim McGauley and Jordan Papirny.

  This year will mark the 11th straight year the Wheat Kings will have a player chosen in the NHL Draft.

Chaff...former Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone signed a three-year, 10.5 million dollar contract with the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.  Stone had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 games in his rookie season with the Sens...reports Thursday were former Wheat King Eric Fehr will not re-sign with Washington and will test the open market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.


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