ALTHOUGH THEIR STATS ARE comparable, I give the edge to McAvoy. He is productive now and will only get better. His ability to handle the puck with his head up and make quick decisions is exceptional. He’s more inclined than Provorov to join the attack in the neutral zone and he has a quicker release on his shot. McAvoy has an uncanny ability to sense the proper time to move to the opposition’s net for a cross-ice pass. His winning goal in a Dec. 21 shootout against Winnipeg exhibited both his poise and puckhandling skills. Provorov makes good passes, but is more inclined than McAvoy to carry the puck out of danger. The Flyers defender will join the rush later in the game if his team is behind, but he isn’t looking for this option on a regular basis. He executes well at the point, but is not particularly innovative. He doesn’t have a quick release on his shot, but anybody who saw the torque on his stick when he scored a laser against Columbus on Dec. 23 would never question his shooting ability.