The Brandon Wheat Kings picked Russian defenceman Ivan Provorov with their first round selection in Wednesday's CHL Import Draft.
"All reports are a pretty good young defenceman, with lots of ability and a guy that is projected to be a pretty good player," Wheat Kings' GM and coach Kelly McCrimmon told CKLQ's Tyler Crayston. "He's responsible defensively; he's got a good dimension offensively to his game, and looks to be a pretty good two-way guy."
Provorov had six goals, 19 points and 32 penalty minutes in 56 games with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders last season.
The 6-foot-3 193 pound Provorov also represented his country at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this past spring.
"It's uncertain if he'll be here, it always is after the import draft," said McCrimmon. "I think in terms of selecting a 17-year-old import player, it's a pretty big step coming into our league. We think because he has played in North America, because he played in the USHL last year, that's probably going to help him with his transition to the Western Hockey League. We'll wait and see how it all plays out."
The Wheat Kings already have Rihards Bukarts and Richard Nejezchleb on the roster, but the possibility of Nejezchleb playing pro next season gave the Wheat Kings the chance to select Provorov.
If Provorov arrives in the Wheat City, and Nejezchleb returns, Brandon will need to move one of their imports to get down to the limit of two.