It was a successful first night at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the number seven pick, the Flyers selected D¬†Ivan Provorov, who some called the best defenseman in the draft. Then, when the Flyers had the opportunity to move up to get RW¬†Travis Konecny, ¬†the player described as a “little ball of hate,” they pounced, sending picks #29 and #61, acquired in the Kimmo Timonen trade, to Toronto.

So let’s take a look at the newest Flyers.

IVAN PROVOROV

  • AGE: 18
  • DOB: January 13, 1997
  • BIRTHPLACE: Yaroslavl, Russia
  • HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
  • WEIGHT: 201
  • SHOOTS: Left
  • JUNIOR TEAM: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
  • NUMBER: 9
  • WHL STATS:¬†60 GP, 15 G, 46 A, 61 P, 42 PIM, +36
  • TWITTER: @ivanprovorov

FIVE FACTS:

He wanted to be a Flyer: “I was hoping the Flyers would pick me. It happened and I’m really happy that they picked me. It’s been a dream of mine to get drafted since I was five years old and it finally came true.”

He moved to the U.S. as a 14 year old. Provorov came to the U.S.¬†to learn the North American game, get used to the culture and learn English. ‚ÄúIt was hard for me to leave my family and not see them every day, but it was the right way for me to go and I‚Äôm really grateful I chose this.”

He knows Eastern Pennsylvania. He played initially with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (Pittston, PA) before moving on to the USHL (Cedar Rapids Roughriders), and finally, the WHL (Brandon Wheat Kings).

He is a smart kid. His hockey IQ is off the charts, but he is also book smart. His mother is a cardiologist. He could have been an Ivy League student, turning down an opportunity to attend Cornell University.

His stats are impressive.¬†A scouting report noted that “Provorov’s 0.95 age adjusted points per game (aaPPG) ranked first in the WHL this season, ahead of Anaheim’s Shea Theodore (0.89), Detroit’s Joe Hicketts (0.88), and Philadelphia’s Travis Sanheim (0.83).”

SCOUTING REPORT (via EliteProspects.com)

“An offensively gifted defenceman who can direct the game’s pace when the puck is on his stick. Provorov is a quick and agile skater with an accurate release on his shot, which he can get off anywhere below the blue line; creates many chances on the power play and can even create offense during the penalty kill. Is an adroit and creative passer who knows how to use his teammates well. All-in-all, a complete defenceman who knows how goals are scored and executes accordingly.”

TRAVIS KONECNY

  • AGE: 18
  • DOB: March¬†11, 1997
  • BIRTHPLACE:¬†London, Ontario
  • HEIGHT: 5′ 10″
  • WEIGHT: 176
  • SHOOTS:¬†Right
  • JUNIOR TEAM: Ottawa 67s¬†(OHL)
  • NUMBER: 17
  • OHL STATS: 60 GP, 29 G, 39 A, 68 P, 34 PIM, -1
  • TWITTER: @traviskonecny

FIVE FACTS:

What’s his name, again? Konecny is pronounced koh-neck-nee.

Little Ball of Hate.¬†Konecny is described as a “little ball of hate.” He plays bigger than his 5’10” 174 pound frame, and “plays with the bite and intensity of a guy who is willing to do anything to win a game.” He is described as an ideal Flyer by TSN’s Craig Button.

The Flyers were prepared to move up or back.¬†“We had two guys on the board that we really, really liked, and we would have moved up for either of them,” Hextall told NJ.com. “Toronto called for our pick. I think it was a reasonable offer, so we discussed it and we jumped on it. We were either looking to move up, or possibly if the guys were gone, move back.”

Konecny is a leader. Konecny is a natural leader and served as the captain of the Ottawa 67s. He was the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL draft (Ottawa 67s). In his rookie season, Konecny scored 70 points in 63 and won the Rookie of the year award. He was named captain of Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, scoring six points in five games, leading Canada to the Gold Medal.

He wowed at a prospects game.¬†Konecny stole the show at a top prospects game, where he played on a line with fellow first round picks Connor McDavid (Edmonton) and Timo Meier (San Jose). Konecny scored¬†two goals and one assist, playing with the fire and intensity for which he’s become known.

SCOUTING REPORT (via EliteProspects.com)

“A talented scoring forward that can play either as a center or on the wing; plays with the bite and intensity of a guy who is willing to do anything to win a game. Possesses dynamic skating ability that allows him to accelerate rapidly with each step, incredible hockey sense, electrifying puckhandling skills, and a lightning release on his shot; when you put this skillset together with hard-nosed determination, proactiveness in all three zones, and a physical willingness to grind and persevere, you get a game-changer who can be extremely difficult to play against.”

 

Roland Alonzi

Public relations executive by career, hockey addict at heart. Give me a Gordie Howe hat trick any day and you get the first star of the night.

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