Yeah, I'd like to see him get a shot at the third-line center slot. He seems like the kind of kid who can handle the rigours of board play and is responsible on the defensive side of the puck.Island Nucklehead wrote:I'd tend to agree, and I'm fairly sure he'll get his 9 game window.Rumsfeld wrote:If Horvat can't make this year's shitty squad then he's not the player Gillis and co sold him as.
I think they really want to get him some NHL games this season so I expect he'll start the season with the big club.
But remember Horvat isn't considered to be an elite offensive talent, so I highly doubt he'll crack the top-6, and the defensive side of the game is pretty tough when you're 19. He's certainly got the size to match up against NHL players, but I'm a bit leary of expecting too much too soon.
IMO another year in junior, honing the offensive toolbox, wouldn't be the worst thing for the kid. This team is desperate for top-6 talent, and fairly well supplied with tweeners and bottom-6 guys.
Hopefully he impresses at camp and sticks, that only means good things for us moving forward.
Even if he doesn't blow the coaches away with a great camp I could see him making big strides in his 9-game window.