In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL’s western league and was informed it was a ‘down year’ and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.


First, the speed and skill. Ivan Provorov is a tremendous talent with the puck as reflected in the 44 seconds to daylight above. Great skater, outstanding vision and an ability to make people miss: A dynamite combination. Early on, he began to move up the charts:

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Provorov began gaining steam out of the box and his offense by month reflects his quick start and overall dominance:

  • September: 4GP, 1-3-4
  • October: 13GP, 7-8-15
  • November: 11GP, 0-11-11
  • December: 7GP, 2-5-7
  • January: 10GP, 1-11-12
  • February: 6GP, 3-3-6
  • March: 1GP, 0-0-0

    • Cody Nickolet, WHL From Above: Provorov does a bit of everything on the
      ice and does it all well. While not being an extremely explosive player, he
      doesn’t have many weaknesses. He’s smart, he skates well, he moves the puck
      hard and accurately and he can play in any situation you put him in. He also
      has shown an increased edge in his game the last few times I’ve seen him,
      although I don’t project him to ever be a big bruiser on the blueline. Think of
      a guy like Mark Giordano. I think the two play a similar style and offer up
      many of the same attributes. Source

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    I think Noah Hanifin will be the first defenseman off the board but it’s interesting to note that Craig Button—whose list is fascinating if not the industry standard—ranks Provorov as the top defender in the draft. Bob McKenzie’s mid-season list—the Bible of the draft—ranked Provorov as the No. 12 prospect in 2015. 

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    • YakCity1039

      “…it’s interesting to note that Craig Button—whose list is fascinating if not the industry standard—…” NO. NO IT’S NOT. NOBODY should be following Craig Button’s list. The guys had Matt Dumba 1st overall back in 2011. I don’t think anybody should even look at his list when making draft selections.

      • Keg on Legs

        This is why he is on TV, not a GM anymore, but Provorov is intriguing, and what was the name of the big Russian kid who went undrafted last year, he also looked very impressive.
        Just sayin