Bo Horvat

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2013-02-20

Bo Horvat - Photo Courtesy of LondonKnights.ca

 

Bo Horvat, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 206

Born: 1995-04-05

Hometown: Rodney, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2013 by Vancouver Canucks, 9th Overall

 

 

 

 

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Observations:

 

February 2015 – While it may have officially started in January (30th), Horvat’s recent hot streak has made February one to remember for the young man. He has put up five points, including three goals and a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) in the last seven games. He has seen his ice-time increase by an average of four minutes per game, including a career-high 14:59 versus the Penguins on February 7th,  which resulted in one of his goals. This is extremely positive for everybody involved, as the 19-year-old has now shown he can be counted on for much more than just steady defensive play over the next few years. Mike Barrett

 

November 2014 – Bo Horvat scored his first career NHL goal on November 20th versus the Anaheim Ducks and posted a three assist game one game later versus a talented Chicago Blackhawks roster. While the string of points are great news, Bo Horvat is impressing the Canucks brass with his outstanding maturity and defensive presence. Early in the season, Horvat sits with a 60% faceoff proficiency rate and his minutes are starting to climb. On November 25th, Head Coach Willie Desjardins announced to Bo and his teammates that he will be staying with the Vancouver Canucks. See Video Below. Unfortunately for Hockey Canada, this news likely keeps Horvat from being part of the 2015 World Junior team. Brendan Ross

 

November – Bo Horvat stuck with the Canucks after a solid training camp, but he has not been a fixture in the lineup only playing in six of 19 games and recording no points (two PIM, minus-1). The organization is being cautious with his development, as they are stretching out his stay as long as possible before reaching the nine-game mark.

The 19-year-old center is a polished all-around product who has earned the trust of Coach Desjardins for his defensive and faceoff prowess.  While Horvat is not having any offense success in the NHL, the experience gained is tremendous toward his long-term development. It just makes too much sense for the Canucks to send Horvat back down to London to finish the year strong with a Canadian Gold Medal and Memorial Cup at the junior level rather than barely stay above water in the NHL. – Mike Barrett

 

October 2014 – After scoring only 1 goal but “making” the Canucks roster out of training camp, Horvat has been sent down to the AHL for a short-term conditioning stint. This label is the only way Horvat is eligible for the AHL, and is done so with the intent on giving their top prospect as much exposure to professional hockey as possible before making a final decision. He was predictably rusty in his first game; given the circumstances, his coach was happy with his game. If this stint goes well, he may get a nine game tryout with the Canucks, but odds are he will be sent back to London eventually. Mike Barrett

 

September – Looking like a leader at Team Canada’s summer evaluation camp, Horvat enters the 2014-15 season with his eyes on making the Canucks as a 19-year-old. While he may possess the necessary skills to play in the NHL, Horvat will most likely be returned to London where he will be h