Monday, 8 June 2015

Provorov, Pilon at NHL Scouting Combine

Ivan Provorov
  The NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo this past week included 120 of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft including Brandon Wheat Kings' defencemen Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon.

  All the players went through medical screening, fitness testing and, of course, interviews with individual NHL teams.

  "I was just trying to be myself, just tell people who I am on the ice and off the ice," said Provorov in an interview with, "How hard to you work during the summer, just describe the game and stuff like that and tell us something about your family."

  Provorov, who led all WHL rookies in scoring with 61 points, is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft while Pilon should be a late second or early third round pick.

  Pilon had a breakout year in 2014-2015, finishing with 11 goals and 54 pointsin 68 games and adding 12 points in 19 playoff contests.
Ryan Pilon

  "It was definitely a quick turnaround.  We had a good run and unfortunately came short to Kelowna there," said Pilon in an interview, "It's a quick adjustment getting from game shape to gym shape so I thought coming to this, you just want to do your best and just show the teams what you have to offer."

  Neither Pilon or Provorov finished in the top-10 in any of the fitness testing categories while Prince Albert Raiders' defenceman Brendan Guhle was one of the biggest standouts in the fitness testing, racking up nine top 10 finishes, including first in the standing long jump and the peak power output tests.

  The NHL Draft will be held June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida.

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