Ivan Provorov has been returned to the Wheat Kings
Any speculation about whether or not Ivan Provorov would be returning to Brandon this season has ended early.
The Philadelphia Flyers returned their first round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Wheat Kings' today.
"It's great news for our team. Ivan was a big part of last year's team and will be a key player for our team this year," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "The timing is probably a little ahead of what a lot of people might have thought."
Provorov was a finalist for the WHL's Defenceman of the Year award last season after producing 61 points in 60 games during this rookie season with Brandon while also putting up a +36 rating.
"It (his return now) is going to allow him to get settled in for the start of our season and focus on his upcoming year," added McCrimmon, "Sometimes you find that the longer guys stay at main camp or stay with the NHL team through pre-season or, perhaps, into league play, the tougher that adjustment is coming back."
Provorov's return wasn't the only good news for the Wheat Kings on Wednesday.
Tim McGauley was released from his free agent tryout with the Washington Capitals and is expected to arrive back in Brandon on Thursday.
The return of Provorov and McGauley leaves two players still away at NHL Training Camps in John Quenneville (New Jersey) and Jayce Hawryluk (Florida).
Brandon opens their regular season on Friday when they host the Swift Current Broncos.
Meanwhile, the Flyers also returned their first round pick from 2014 to the junior ranks today.
Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim will be re-joining the Calgary Hitmen.
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