The Vancouver Canucks have resigned Bo Horvat to a six year, $33 million deal. Horvat, who was Vancouver’s leading scorer last season is finally signed to a deal and will be reporting to training camp. In 81 games this past season, he had 20 goals, along with 32 assists for 52 points while being a minus-7. From London, Ontario, Horvat spent three seasons with his hometown London Knights before being drafted by the Canucks. He had quite the successful CHL career, amassing two Memorial Cups, as well as three trips to the Memorial Cup Tournament. During those stints with London, he played 185 games, compiling 74 goals and 81 assists for 165 points. After being selected 9th overall in 2013, he finally got the breakout year the Canucks and their fans needed.
Was it a good signing for the Canucks long-term?
Horvat will be the torch bearer once the Sedin twins retire and if this past season is any indication of what is next to come, he will be a great leader. So, yes. The way to answer this question simply is to put it like this; Bo Horvat will be the leader of the next wave of Canucks. Where they’re at right now, is very questionable. They’re in a sort of predicament where they’re in the middle of the pack. They aren’t elite, but at the same time, they aren’t too bad of a team. The goaltending is questionable, to say the least, but who knows, a tandem of Markstrom and Nilsson could be good.
They signed a few guys in the offseason that could really come in and make a difference. When you bring in guys like Michael Del Zotto, Anders Nilsson, Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek you’re showing the team that you want to compete. And it’s obvious that the Sedin twins want and believe that they can still compete and win now. They very well could, with all the signings and maybe a more productive year from the Sedins and the Canucks could be a playoff team. Another reason why they did a good job signing free agents this offseason; it helps their talent development. Because when you look at most of the Canucks prospects, they are not NHL-ready.
Patience is Key
They need to be patient and really be careful with some of these guys because rushing young players into the NHL is (most of the time) a recipe for failure. Now, saying that every single player who is rushed into the NHL fails is wrong. In fact, a lot of the time it does occur where a player may succeed and thrive under the pressure. But is it worth the risk, stepping into the Canucks shoes for a second, to rush the guys who could help you win in the future? The answer is quite simply, no. You don’t rush the future talent and possible superstars because you think they might be good. They ‘might’ do alright and that’s the thing with Vancouver. It’s that when you’re in a Canadian market, the pressure is on. Success is warranted and is almost a necessity for a bunch of impatient hockey fans. Patience is a virtue, and you’ll soon see, that if Vancouver makes the right choice with their prospects, they’ll win for a long time.
Horvat’s 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal