2015 NHL Draft: Why Ivan Provorov Will Have the Best Career After Connor McDavid

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The 2015 NHL draft commenced a few weeks ago. Many picks were made, some of them obvious, some of them shrewd, and some of them garnered a “what the fuck are you doing reaction” *cough* Don Sweeney from Boston Bruins *cough*.

A lot of the first round picks were obvious. Some of them were odd.

Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were the easy top two picks. After that, with the third overall pick, it was a gaunlet between young, skilled players to choose from such as Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifin, Mitch Marner, Pavel Zacha, and more. Noah Hanifin I would say was the favourite to go third overall followed by Dylan Strome. The Arizona Coyotes probably think they have their franchise defenseman already in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and that Hanifin was not needed. The Carolina Hurricanes gladly took him.

I am here to tell you that the Phiadelphia Flyers in ten years from now will have made the best selection in this draft after the Oilers obvious first overall selection of Connor McDavid. It is obvious McDavid will be a star in this league. If he goes the way Nail Yakupov did to start off his career I believe the Oilers are truly cursed. McDavid will be in the Art Ross running for years to come. He will be a Calder trophy candidate next year.

Ivan Provorov will be the same in years but for defenseman; he will be talked about as a Norris trophy candidate. This is a guy who oozes hockey IQ that you simply can’t teach. In 60 games last year on the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL, he posted 61 points in 60 games with a plus 36 rating at 18 years old. The Wheat Kings were a top team in the WHL largely due to his presence rocking the first defensive pairing. Not only do his junior stats and film tape stand out, he is also put into the best position to succeed.

You see, the Philadelphia Flyers are a big market team that always want to be in the mix of things. There are few organizations I recall that have consistently iced a playoff team as they have in the last twenty years. Ron Hextall is doing good things as new general manager and he hired the right new head coach in Hakstol after a distastrous few seasons. They will no doubt be in the playoff hunt in another year or two like they have been for many years before. Meanwhile what were the teams actually drafted ahead of the Flyers?

Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
Arizona Coyotes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils

With the exception of the Devils, wait for it, wait… These organizations are all perennial failures and you can’t say otherwise until they do change things around. The Oilers are a tire fire and have been for years up until this year. They finally made the right personnel decisions by hiring Todd McLellan as head coach and Chiarelli as general manager.

The Sabres are on their way to becoming what the Oilers are. They intentionally tanked the last NHL season and didn’t even try denying it. Tim Murray is a moron and a half when you hear him talk to media. If that’s your general manager I feel pity for you. And the Ryan O’ Reilly contract where they got rid of some of their young core? Why Nikita Zadorov?

The Ariona Coyotes, yeah, a no brainer. They can’t spend to the cap and have to rely on drafting. With the exception of their 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons, they haven’t have much luck and are trending downwards. Mike Smith hasn’t been the same since his hot 2012 season and more. A positive young core. We also must question if Dylan Strome is really a franchise changer or not. Strome, Max Domi, Larsson, and Anthony Duclair. A decent young core. But you have to wonder if Dave Tippett is the right coach to be coaching up young kids or not. You get where I’m going with this before I bash the Leafs and the Hurricanes.

A lot of these picks ahead of Provorov will also go back into their junior leagues next year. I can’t see many of them garnering roster spots besides Eichel and McDavid (obviously). Provorov should see playing time next year. I can’t count six defensemen on that team off the top of my head. They are so weak in that area that a top ten pick would suffice. I am all in on this kid.

Small, skilled forwards are a dime a dozen. Look at how Tyler Johnson went undrafted. A number one puck moving defenseman with a feel for the game is not something that comes along often. Provorov is the best defenseman taking in the last two drafts: after Aaron Ekblad of course.

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Most Exciting Sport Teams To Watch

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I’m definitely a bit biased towards teams, but here is a list of who I think the most exciting sports teams are.

Soccer: Real Madrid FC

They potted in four against Athletico Madrid in the UEFA champions league final in a matter of minutes and lit up Bayern Munich in their home town. If you are a soccer or club football fan, how is watching Gareth Bale not exciting? The dude is fast as hell and one of the worlds best. I thought at first it was a mistake by Real Madrid making him the highest paid player in the world. Boy was I wrong. Not to mention he has Cristiano Ronaldo to pass too, another one of the worlds best. People complain about soccer being boring and goalless all the time, well, watch these guys play and you will change your mind. They just added in young James Rodriguez who was robbed of the best player award at the last world cup. If he continues to play at a high level, man will this team be lethal. Easily the worlds best, I would not be shocked if they repeat as UEFA champions again.

Hockey: Dallas Stars or Anaheim Ducks (tie)

If you’ve seen my posts before or look at what my name is, you probably thought I would mention Vancouver. No, they were flat out boring last year. The title of the most exciting hockey team goes to either the Dallas Stars or Anaheim Ducks. Teams who have four lines who can score and good depth are always exciting. Not the teams who play a lame dump and chase style and rely on lucky bounces. Look out for the Dallas Stars next year. They added Jason Spezza who has been a point per game player since entering the league. Anaheim also added Ryan Kesler. He has scored a lot before, can he do it again?

Football: Denver Broncos or Philadelphia Eagles (tie)

The Philadelphia Eagles added Chip Kelly as coach. Boy were they exciting to watch. Talk about a team with energy. The no huddle offense is awesome to watch. That was Chip’s first year as well. In the year coming up I have no doubts he will adjust or add in a few new things which will be intriguing. As for the Denver Broncos, well, no brainer. Peyton Manning broke the touchdown record last year.

Basketball: San Antonio Spurs

I’m biased here but to me, they are the most exciting team to watch. You honestly can’t go wrong mentioning a bunch of teams for most exciting in the NBA. Defense is not very noticeable in the NBA today so a lot of teams look the same. The Spurs to me when they lit up the Miami Heat in the NBA finals or got through the Mavericks in seven games showed how exciting they were. Three pointers are awesome, and no team does it better than these guys. They have such a mix of talents too from the veteran Tim Duncan who is good on both sides of the ball to three point machine Patty Mills. No team makes so much out of nothing like the Spurs do in the case of players such as Danny Green and Patty Mills.

Patrick Peterson is Criminally Overrated

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I saw the reports on Profootballtalk that Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals is now the highest paid cornerback in the national football league.

I nearly spat my drink out.

My god is this guy overrated. Not once have I watched him and said to myself “wow, this guy is good”. I’ve said that about Richard Sherman, Joe Haden, Earl Thomas, and Darrelle Revis. Not this guy.

Yet we hear people constantly say this guy is the best cornerback in the league. The Arizona Cardinals office certainly thinks so?

How so?

Tell me if he’s even sniffed the playoffs before like Sherman or Revis have. You can’t knock Joe Haden for that since the Browns are always awful. The Cardinals actually had Palmer playing decent last season and a stacked defense. That’s right. Karlos Dansby was the one on that defense who people thought was underrated. I agreed. He could have been in the running for defensive player of the year last year. He was playing lights out. John Abraham was also good. The young kid Mathieu was great until he went down with an unfortunate injury.

Peterson has never won anything and he is in my opinion the most overrated player in the league. People can say all they want. They can say he’s good for man on man coverage or returns punts. Big deal. Why can’t he win anything if he’s so great?

Drew Doughty Becoming Overrated?

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Hear me out for a second before you get all upset.

Drew Doughty is absolutely a top five defense man in the National Hockey League. He absolutely is a valuable part of the Kings back end and also a huge part of their offensive attack.

He absolutely has a history of performing well in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Had Jonathan Quick not won the Conn Smythe in 2012 one would think you would have to give it to either Drew Doughty or maybe Dustin Brown (he played surprisingly well that postseason too).

He is playing lights out once again this post season. So are Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams, and Jeff Carter. When those four are on there is no stopping the Kings from scoring multiple goals.

But lately, people such as Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun have been calling Drew Doughty the best player in the NHL. Yes, I am sadly not joking. The number one best player in the league. He concluded his article with saying Doughty is the best player in hockey.

Calling him a top ten player in the league may be a stretch as there are a handful of good players in the league. Even considering him the best on his team may be questionable. Anze Kopitar appears to look that part sometimes and has been nominated for the Frank J. Selke trophy this season.

Saying he is the best in the league is purely laughable. Nicklas Lidstrom who has won more Norris trophies than I can count on one hand and a top five defense man of all time never was hands down the best player in the league. He even has twice as many rings as Doughty has, even if Doughty were to win the Stanley Cup this year.

Drew Doughty is great but let’s not get ahead of ourselves calling him the best player in the league just because he is the flavour of the month. If we were sent back in time to the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs would we be calling Claude Lemieux the best forward in the league?

Absolutely not.

We can make a case for Doughty being the best d-man in the league right now with Shea Weber and Duncan Keith near him but we can’t make a convincing case for him being the undisputed best in the league.