FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALGARY, AB – Future Considerations Hockey today announced Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings as the Crash Conditioning draft eligible Defenseman of the Year.
As a rookie in the Western Hockey League, Provorov finished fourth in scoring amongst blueliners with 15 goals and 61 points in just 60 games with the Wheat Kings. He also helped the Wheat Kings march to the WHL’s Eastern Conference final, adding two goals and 13 points in 19 postseason games.
The former first round pick in the 2014 CHL Import Draft was named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference first all-star team, was a runner up for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the WHL Defenceman of the Year.
Provorov was also a runner-up to Connor McDavid for the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year.
“No one came farther in my view this season than Provorov even though his strong two-way game with Cedar Rapids in the USHL last season gave us an indication of his exceptional skills; his development skyrocketed from potential first rounder to potential elite status this season as he refined his overall game,” Future Considerations scouting director Dan Stewart said. “His biggest asset is his smarts in all three zones while his frame and all-round skills complimented and allow him to execute what his high IQ wanted to do. We like him as a potential top stable two-way NHL defenseman.”
Jumping from the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders by way of the Wilkes-Barre, Penn. youth system, Provorov went unranked in Future Considerations preliminary ranking last June and climbed into 30th by October. In November, the 18-year-old had climbed to 20th. In December, Provorov found himself 14th and by March, was ranked within the top-10.
Provorov is ranked sixth in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2015 NHL Draft and is behind only Noah Hanifin of Boston College amongst defensemen ranked.
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