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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Who Will Be the Best 2014 NFL Draft Pick This Season?

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The NFL draft this year was one of the deepest it has been in years. There was a lot of talent. It wasn’t like the draft where Andrew Luck and RG3 were the top two picks, but it was a deep draft. The one in 2013 was a joke quite honestly compared to it.

Greg Robinson would have easily been taken as a tackle over Eric Fisher. The list goes on. Kelvin Benjamin who looks like he could be a gem on the Carolina Panthers was taken around 29th overall. Teddy “baby hands” Bridgewater who people claimed would be first overall nearly went to the second round.

Therefore many people have the question…who will be the best draft pick from this year?

This is a severely tough question. Gun to my head, I will say it will be Blake Bortles the third overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m not playing around.

He has that “it” factor. He plays like a quarterback. He’s big, he’s tough, he’s accurate, he can throw it. I really do think the Jaguars have found their man and made the right choice. He should have been first overall. I am not the one who likes to compare prospects to proven greats but Blake Bortles really does remind me of Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can take a hit or two and he can be clutch.

Let’s be honest now, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars saying how they will put him on the bench this season is all a facade to motivate him. Chad Henne can’t lead this team to a better record than 4-12 like last year. He’s simply not good enough. Blake Bortles will come in eventually an he will open up some eyes. It’s crazy to say he will take the team to the playoffs or postseason, no way in hell does he do that. But he will open some eyes and people will say, “man this guy can play”. I would take him 10/10 times over Johnny Football and Teddy Bridgewater without thinking twice. Teddy Bridgewater has the word “bust” tattooed on his forehead while Johnny Football has skills, he looks like he is a hit or two away from getting killed. Derek Carr was concussed last week. This isn’t college football. A lot of the defensive players in the regular season are going to lick their chops at the thought of welcoming the arrogant Johnny football to the league.

After choosing Bortles, I will choose my second runner up pick who plays on the defensive side of the ball: Khalil Mack. There is no pressure on this guy at all to perform being on the pitiful Oakland Raiders team. He was said to be the most NFL ready prospect and a mean prick with skills. There is pressure on Jadeveon Clowney. He was the first overall pick and they said he could be a great. People also say Mack could be good but not as many eyes will be on him as Clowney. I think this may be the one move that the Oakland Raiders will have finally gotten right on draft day. This guy is NFL ready, he can play, he can do it all on defense. He is no doubt my lock for defensive rookie of the year.