DE­FEN­SIVE PLAY

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THIS IS THE AREA where Provorov has the edge. He is on the Fly­ers’ top de­fense pair­ing against the op­po­si­tion’s best play­ers. His back­wards skat­ing and mo­bil­ity are ex­cel­lent. So is his con­cen­tra­tion and abil­ity to rec­og­nize the most dan­ger­ous op­po­nents and how to neu­tral­ize them. He is strong phys­i­cally and uses his strength ef­fec­tively in 1-on-1 sit­u­a­tions. When un­der duress with the puck, Provorov uses his phys­i­cal power and break­out skills to gain the neu­tral zone. McAvoy is adept at con­vert­ing from back­wards skat­ing to for­ward ac­cel­er­a­tion. This al­lows him to make ef­fec­tive open-ice hits. His mo­bil­ity back­wards is not quite at Provorov’s level, and nei­ther is his strength. McAvoy’s de­fen­sive-zone cov­er­age is OK, but not at Provorov’s level. EDGE: PROVOROV

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