Friday, 3 July 2015

Provorov Inks ELC with Flyers

  Brandon Wheat Kings' defenceman Ivan Provorov has signed his entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

  The signing of the standard three-year deal was announced on Friday evening, and comes a week after the Flyers selected Provorov with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

  Provorov led all WHL rookies in scoring last season with 15 goals and 61 points in 60 games with the Wheat Kings, while he also helped Russia capture a silver medal at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.

  The signing of the 6-foot-0, 201 pound Provorov will now, almost immediately, shift the question to
whether or not he'll be able to make the Flyers' roster on a full-time basis this fall.

  If he doesn't stick with Philadelphia, he'll return to Brandon and the Western Hockey League for the entire season.

  First up, however, for the Russian blueliner will be participating in the Flyers' development camp that begins on Tuesday.

  By the way, the entry-level contract Provorov signed with Philadelphia Friday has an anticipated cap his of the maximum $925,000 and likely includes some performance bonuses that are, as of yet, unknown.

Flames Exploring Kylington's Contract Status

Oliver Kylington
  The Brandon Wheat Kings' first pick in Tuesday's CHL Import Draft could be coming to North America.

  Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports that the Calgary Flames are looking into whether Oliver Kylington's contract with a pro team in Sweden (AIK) has an outclause that would allow him to report to the American Hockey League or the Western Hockey League.

  "We want to do what’s best for him," Flames' assistant GM Craig Conroy told Sportak, "We don't want to throw him in a situation that doesn’t benefit him. We want him to play tons of minutes and just develop."

  The 6-foot-0, 185 pound Kylington was chosen by the Flames in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

McGauley, Papirny off to NHL Development Camps

Tim McGauley
  A pair of Brandon Wheat Kings are participating in NHL Development Camps this week.

  Goaltender Jordan Papirny was on the ice with the Connor McDavid and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers' prospects when they opened their camp Wednesday while top scorer Tim McGauley is headed to the Montreal Canadiens camp that begins on Sunday.

  Papirny led the WHL in wins with 44 last season while also finished sixth in the league with a 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

  McGauley, meanwhile, was the Eastern Conference nominee for Player of the Year after finished third in the WHL in scoring with 105 points.

  Meanwhile, Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon will both be at development camps next week.

  Provorov was Philadelphia's first round pick (7th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft while Pilon was a fifth round selection of the New York Islanders.

  Former Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville is also at the Columbus Blue Jackets' development camp this week while 2014 NHL Draft picks John Quenneville (New Jersey), Jayce Hawryluk (Florida) and Reid Duke (Minnesota) are also at their respective teams' Development Camps this month.

Wheat Kings Select Two in Import Draft

Oliver Kylington

  The Canadian Hockey League’s Annual Import Draft was held Tuesday and the Brandon Wheat Kings used the 60th pick of the opening round to select 18-year old Swedish defenceman Oliver Kylington.

  The Wheat Kings had the final pick of the first round, thanks to finishing on top of the Western Hockey League’s regular season standings this past season with a record of 53-11-4-4.

  A 6’ 181 lb native of Sundbyberg, Sweden, Kylington was chosen by the Calgary Flames in the second round (60th overall) of this past weekend’s National Hockey League Draft in Sunrise, Florida.

  A talented two-way defenceman, who entered the weekend as one of the best skaters in this year’s NHL draft, Kylington scored ten goals and 19 points in 45 games this past season – a season that saw him play for three different clubs, including Farjestad U20.

  “Oliver is a tremendous talent that will be an impact player at the major junior level,” says Brandon general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon. “He’s currently under contract in Sweden…so his availability to play in Brandon is uncertain at this time but we will work with the Flames and Oliver’s representatives to confirm his status.”

  “He’s an interesting player," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said recently. "Prior to the start of the year, this guy’s talked about as one of the top players in the draft. He’s an elite skater. He’s as good a skater as there is in the draft. Now we’ve got to refine his game.”

  In the second round, the Wheat Kings closed out the draft by choosing 5’10” 165 lb center Dario Winkler from Austria. In addition to playing for EC Salzburg in the MHL this past season, Winkler scored thirteen goals and 19 points while skating with both the U18 and U20 club teams.

Dario Winkler
  “Dario is a right hand shot center,” says McCrimmon. He’s a good skater…a good puck handler and has played in a good program. We expect him to be a good player at this level.”

  While the Wheat Kings currently have two imports – Rihards Bukarts and Ivan Provorov – on their roster, the WHL club was permitted to make two selections today as Bukarts is entering his final year of junior eligibility and could turn professional for the 2015-16 season. Provorov meanwhile was chosen by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (7th overall) of last weekend’s National Hockey League Draft in Sunrise, Florida.

  A former first round Import pick of the Wheat Kings (30th overall in 2014), the 18-year old Russian blueliner could potentially play for the NHL’s Flyers this coming season.

  Provorov led all WHL rookies in scoring this past season with fifteen goals and 61 points while Bukarts finished fourth in team scoring with 33 goals and 74 points.

  CHL clubs are permitted to carry a maximum of two imports on their roster.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Pilon joins Provorov as NHL Drafted Wheat Kings

Ryan Pilon
  The 2015 NHL Draft wrapped up Saturday with just one more member of the Brandon Wheat Kings being selected.

  Defenceman Ryan Pilon was chosen by the New York Islanders in the fifth round, 147th overall.

  Pilon fell further in the draft than many expected after being 24th among North American skaters in the final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service.

  He scored 11 goals and 52 points in 68 games with the Wheat Kings in 2014-2015, and joins the team with which his cousin Rich played more than 500 games over seasons between 1988 and 2000.

  Pilon also joins former Brandon captain Ryan Pulock in the Islanders' system.

  Pulock, the Islanders' first round pick in 2013, and Pilon were defence partners on the Wheat Kings for much of the 2013-2014 campaign.

  Pilon and Ivan Provorov were the only two Wheat King players selected in this year's NHL Draft.

  Provorov was chosen in the first round, seventh overall, by Philadelphia on Friday night.

  Other notes from the final six rounds of the NHL Draft Saturday included former Wheat King Jesse Gabrielle going to the Boston Bruins in the fourth round, and Keegan Kolesar of the Seattle Thunderbirds being the lone Manitoban chosen, going in the third round to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  A total of 35 Western Hockey League players were selected in the draft, the most for any single league.