Bo Horvat
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Bo Horvat

Hometown:

Rodney Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-04-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

1st round (9th overall), 2013

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Bo Horvat played in six games junior games, including one playoff contest, for the Greater Ontario league’s St. Thomas Stars and led the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs midget AAA team in scoring. He had 1 goal with 3 assists for St. Thomas and scored 30 goals with 31 assists and had 12 penalty minutes in 30 games for the Chiefs. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists in 12 midget playoff games. Horvat played for Team Ontario in the Canada Winter Games; scoring 4 goals with 5 assists in nine games. He was selected by London in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Horvat skated in 64 of 68 games for the OHL champion London Knights as a rookie and played for Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 11 goals with 19 assists and was plus-27 with 8 penalty minutes for London. The Knights finished with the league’s best record and rolled through the playoffs. Horvat scored 1 goal with 3 assists in 18 playoff games and was plus-one with 1 goal in four games at the Memorial Cup. He was named captain of Canada Ontario at the WHC and scored 4 goals with 3 assists in six games.

2012-13: Horvat was the fourth-leading scorer for London after representing Canada in August at the 2012 U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He scored 32 goals with 28 assists in 67 games and was plus-three with 29 penalty minutes. The Knights dominated the OHL, finishing with the league’s best record for the second straight year and topping 100 points for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons. In London’s first 13 playoff games Horvath scored 8 goals with 3 assists and was plus-four with 8 penalty minutes. Skating alongside London teammate Max Domi at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, he scored 2 goals with 2 assists in five games as Canada captured a gold medal. Horvat was ranked 15th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Vancouver in the first round (ninth overall) of  the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Horvat signed a three-year entry-level contract with Vancouver in August 2013 and was impressive in evaluation camp for Canada’s U20 team. He attended training camp with the Canucks before being returned to London for his third OHL season. Horvat was the Knights’ third-leading scorer despite missing 14 games; dealing with nagging injuries and playing for Canada in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Horvat scored 20 goals with a career-high 44 assists and was +20 with 36 penalty minutes. London finished third in the Midwest Division, advancing to the second round in the OHL playoffs, and participated in the Memorial Cup as the host team. Horvat scored 5 goals with 6 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalties in nine OHL playoff games. He was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in three Memorial Cup games. In two games with the OHL all-stars in the Subway Series against Russia he was -2 with 1 goal. Horvat scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Canada finished fourth, losing to Russia 2-1 in the bronze medal game. 

Talent Analysis

Horvat plays a bullish style and is a natural team leader with offensive bonafides. He plays with a high compete level. He can score but is also outstanding in the defensive zone and in the faceoff circle. Coming out of junior hockey Horvat was perceived by some scouts to have the most complete game in terms of his positional play. He plays with a maturity that is rare for a player his age.

Future

Horvat made the Canucks out of training camp as a 19-year-old to start the 2014-15 season despite a shoulder injury suffered on a hit from Edmonton's Tyler Pitlick in a pre-season game. He eventually made his season and NHL debut on November 4th in a game against the Avalanche. He has been a solid presence in the Vancouver lineup as a rookie; providing supplementary offense and sound play on both ends despite a limited role. Long-term he projects as an ideal third-line center in the NHL. Horvat could find himself on a team’s top six -- as the sandpaper on an offensively-gifted line. He could be lethal in that role as he has the hands and nose for the net to take advantage of the dirty areas.

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