POISE

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THE NO. 1 AT­TRIBUTE pos­sessed by both play­ers is poise. You have to pinch your­self to re­al­ize McAvoy just turned 20 and Provorov just turned 21. They match up against the op­po­si­tion’s top play­ers. They’re point men on the power play. They play in late-game sit­u­a­tions. Both are used reg­u­larly in 3-on-3 over­time. In all of these sit­u­a­tions, McAvoy and Provorov con­duct them­selves like sea­soned vet­er­ans. They do not get flus­tered or chase the puck in the de­fen­sive zone. Long­time coach Dave King of­ten told me the most im­por­tant sign of poise in a young de­fense­man was the abil­ity to find an open man in the mid­dle of the ice when un­der pres­sure in the de­fen­sive zone. Most D-men ei­ther bang the puck off the glass, try to stick­han­dle or “freeze” while stand­ing still. McAvoy and Provorov con­sis­tently make crisp passes to open team­mates. These passes have to be ac­cu­rate, be­cause a turnover at that lo­ca­tion re­sults in a direct shot on goal. With McAvoy and Provorov, their ac­cu­racy is con­sis­tent.

EDGE: NEI­THER

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