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TWO YOUNG DEFENSEMEN HAVE ar­rived as top-level play­ers at an early age. They took very dif­fer­ent routes to get here. Provorov is a left-shoot­ing Rus­sian who came to North Amer­ica at 13 to pur­sue his hockey dream. He played mid­get in Penn­syl­va­nia, ju­nior in Iowa and ma­jor ju­nior in Bran­don. McAvoy is a right-shoot­ing Amer­i­can who played mid­get in New Jer­sey, went to the U.S. Na­tional Team De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram in Michi­gan, then played in the NCAA with Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity. Both be­came NHL stars at 20. Both are ver­sa­tile and will be able to help their teams in all sit­u­a­tions. I project Provorov as be­ing an elite-level de­fender who can con­trib­ute of­fen­sively. I project McAvoy as be­ing an elite-level of­fen­sive de­fense­man who is ef­fec­tive de­fen­sively. I want them both on my team now and for many years to come. How­ever, in hockey, choices must be made based on the value of each player’s role. I value of­fense from the blue­line more than any other at­tribute in the game. I choose Char­lie McAvoy.

Tom Thomp­son has been an NHL scout/ di­rec­tor/as­sis­tant GM since 1985

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