NEWARK, N.J. — How much of a horse is Flyers defensive prospect Ivan Provorov?
Well, consider this:
The 19-year-old logged a game-high 28:48 of ice time Monday night during the Flyers' 2-0 split-squad loss to the Devils in which he also quarterbacked the first-unit power play (8:03) and had the most penalty kill time (3:58) (see story).
“I thought I played well,” Provorov said. “It took me a few shifts to get into the game. I competed as hard as I could.”
He said he was used to playing more than 25 minutes in Brandon (WHL), anyway.
“Of course, this is a better league, high pace and it will take a few games to adjust,” Provorov said.
Because the Flyers have yet to work on power play, the results aren’t there. They were 0 for 7 in the game.
“We haven’t done anything on the ice, but have done some video on the PK on the board but nothing on the power play,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “There’s other priorities now with so many players (64) in camp.”
Provorov worked both points on the power play and had just one official shot in the game.
“We didn’t get to do much power play [in camp],” he said. “It will get better as the preseason goes on.”
Rookie forward Travis Konecny worked the low slot on the top power play. He logged 18:34 of ice time, including 6:01 PP time. Konecny had two shots in the game.
He was on Andy Miele’s line with Scott Laughton. Konency had the only shots on his line.
Hakstol said Konecny and Provorov each “settled in” as the game went on. Hakstol isn’t sure if one or both will play Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center against the Islanders.
Konecny’s body language in camp exudes confidence unlike a year ago when he was skittish in his first-ever Flyers training camp. Now he sits back, takes it all in and has that look on his face of been there, done that.
In fact, he was trying to calm down some of his buddies, Anthony Salinitri and Connor Bunnaman, who were seeing the lights before the game.
“Me and [Ivan] Provorov were just talking,” he said. “We feel a lot more comfortable this year.
“I’ve been in this position here. I have my guys Salinitri and Bunnaman, we all hang out together and it’s their first year.
“They’re excited for their first preseason game just like I was last year, but I’m not thinking, ‘Wow, it’s an NHL arena.’ I’m thinking about the game and getting ready to play.”
Konecny was impressive last fall as an 18-year-old and Hakstol said he takes everything into account with more emphasis on the now than the past.
“Your body of work includes your season last year,” Hakstol said. “Includes everything. The most important information is what you do right now. No question in my mind. I take everything into account.”
Take this into account: Alex Lyon is going to be a contender with Anthony Stolarz for the starting job in goal with the Phantoms this season. He was outstanding with 28 saves on 29 shots.
“They spent some time in our zone and had their big guns out there,” Lyon said of being under siege for two-thirds of the game. “They had a few shots but we did a good job keeping them to the outside. No super grade A opportunities.”
Lyon stopped two breakaways by Beau Bennett, one within three minutes of play.
“I felt like a newborn deer and could barely stand up,” quipped the former Yale goalie. “I was so nervous. It felt good to stop the first one.”