Philadelphia Flyers: 4 players who’ve made “the leap” this year

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Philadelphia Flyers, Ivan Provorov
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Ivan Provorov

Following his disappointing 2018-19 campaign, there was legitimate concern about the direction of Provorov’s career. Many wondered if he was ever going to fulfill his promise and become the #1 blueliner that the club expected.

He has answered the bell.

Though he’ll never be a top-flight offensive player, Provorov has entrenched himself as a legitimate #1 defenseman, a rock who can give you 25 minutes a night without ever breaking down. The offense isn’t too shabby, either, as he’s up to 11 goals on the season, which includes a share of the team lead with seven of them on the power play.

Provorov looks like he might challenge his career high of 41 points, set two years ago. But, far more importantly than that, the Flyers know that they can completely rely on him every game.

People weren’t entirely sold on the new contract that Provorov signed before this season. It turned out to be money well spent, as Provorov’s play has spoken volumes.

Honorable Mention:  Philippe Myers has been a solid contributor in what is officially his rookie season, improving upon his uneven 21-game showing at the end of last year. He looks to be a key piece of the Flyers’ blueline for years to come.