Russian D-man good fit for Wheaties
quicker. You’ve always got to be ready because someone’s going to come and hit you.”
Provorov is one of three imports in training camp, joining wingers Richard Nejezchleb of the Czech Republic and Rihards Bukarts of Latvia. If Nejezchleb is sent back to Brandon by the New York Rangers, who selected him in this year’s NHL draft, the Wheat Kings will have to move one of the players to get down to the WHL limit of two imports. SECOND CHANCE: Michael Mylchreest is among those in training camp hoping to fill one of what should be two or three vacancies on the Brandon blue-line. What makes him different from the others is the 6-3, 200-pound Californian already has a couple of years of WHL experience.
Mylchreest played with the Prince George Cougars from 2011-13, recording nine assists and 29 penalty minutes in 116 games.
The 19-year- old spent last season with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League, considered a Junior A Tier 2 league, a step below the USHL.
“I spent the year out of the (WHL) and learned about myself as a player and what the league’s really all about,” said Mylchreest, who had four goals, eight assists and 74 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Blues. “So it’s an awesome opportunity to have a chance to come back in.”
Mylchreest said he got his shot in Brandon due to his association with Wheat Kings director of player personnel Wade Klippenstein, who was with the Cougars when the lanky defenceman was there. Mylchreest said his key to being successful here is simple.
“I’ve just got to do what makes me a good player and just stick to what I am,” Mylchreest said. “I’m not a flashy player at all. I’ve just got to do the simple things and do the things to help the team win.”
— The Brandon Sun
Defenceman Ivan Provorov skates during the Brandon Wheat Kings training camp on Friday morning.