Like a Justin Bieber concert, Canucks fans are getting excited for The Arrival of Bo Horvat. Its intense! I don’t even think Cody Hodgson received this much fan fare, although he definitely had a rough go to start his NHL career in Vancouver. Horvat will get his start against an absolutely boring team in the Nashville Predators. Shea Weber, just give it up already and move on.
Horvat definitely wasn’t stunning in his pro debut with Utica, registering 0 points and 4 PIM in his conditioning stint. It would have been nice to see some productive line chemistry with BFF Hunter Shinkaruk but its way too early to expect mountains from molehills.
He wants to be a Canuck so bad, you can see it.
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Bo Horvat will slide into the 4th line center job most likely and he may be utilized on the wing for a game or so. Unlike Ryan Kesler, Bo is capable and willing to play two different forward positions and can actually help his team mates in that fashion. With bottom six forwards like Linden Vey, Brad Richardson and Derek Dorsett buzzing, Horvat might get to play on a line that benefits his talents solely. Jannik Hansen and Shaun Matthias may get some time with Bo and if Horvat DOES stick, it wouldn’t shock me to see Chris Higgins and/or Nick Bonino test his skill set.
I know I have overhyped this kid but things are going well and we finally have a prospect that we haven’t traded away, pissed off his dad/agent or over criticized his production. Bo gets to come in and show his talents for 9 games and quite frankly if he puts in a good enough effort, he won’t be going back to junior.
The Bo, ladies and gentlemen, has arrived.