Hockey Widow wrote:
Hockey Widow wrote:Unless Horvat really blows everyone away at camp I'm all for sending him back to junior. Richardson has one year left on his deal and he was pretty useful for us last year. I'd rather keep his experience around this year and let him walk as a FA next year, opening up a roster spot. Now I suppose if a Benning could trade him for a third or fourth round pick clearing a roster spot for a deserving Horvat ok.
Hansen has a limited NTC so he is moveable too so I could see that working as well.
If Horvat isn't considered good enough to crack this roster ... it would be one of the biggest disappointments/stories this Training Camp.
I'm thinking he'll be given every chance to make the team. The fact that it's either the NHL or back to junior would make me think he gets to start the season with the big team unless his plays clearly shows he's not good enough to stick around.
I agree 90%, sounds like we are saying the same thing, almost. If he is deserving he should get a roster spot and I too think he will at least get a nine game look see.
Where i disagree is in saying if he can't crack this line up it will be a big disappointment story. I find that a little melodramatic. If he isn't ready he isn't ready. But I do agree he will be given every chance and, as Benninghas said, a tie goes to the rookie.
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, here's the thing cc HW. Bo was traded for The Cory, so there is pressure from giving up an IMPACT player asset that would have made the team better in the here and now to some unknown futures. How the Hell could they sell that trade to the core? I guess Kesler didn't buy what the former management was trying to sell him and he did what was best for him and his family and wanted and got out. IMO, that was a fair request under the circumstances, given where the team had devolved into.
When Bo Horvat was drafted, it was stated that he was one of the few players at that drafted that was "physically" ready to play in the NHL as an 18 year old. Under Coach Torts, who despite saying he wanted to integrate younger players onto the roster ..... Bo literally wasn't given a chance -- he was put on lines with bottom sixers and not given an opportunity to play with the team's better players.
I think it will change this season under Willie D. and the fact that I'm not convinced another year in junior is better for his development than getting ice time and training at the pro level ...... which can seemingly only happen in the NHL.
I'm not sure if the Canucks can send him oversees to play pro hockey in Europe like what they did with Jensen. That may be a possibility but less likely since he's a Canadian and not a European and that would be like a Canadian that fully developed under Hockey Canada, sticking a middle finger to the CHL, so I doubt that's a realistic option.
A year later, this physically "ready to play" and allegedly being touted by others here as "best prospect" in the system, Bo Horvat, should be in a much better position to make the squad.
If not, therein lies the disappointment.
In the best case scenario, he's been favourably compared to Ryan O'Reilly and Sean Couturier, two players that made their NHL club and had impact in said teams as 18 years old.
Bo is now 19 years old ..........................