Rumsfeld wrote:Potatoe1 wrote:Rumsfeld wrote:I think I can say with absolute certainty that Horvat is never going to be the offensive talent Ryan Getzlaf is. Getzlaf's talent was obvious... Horvat's not so much.
Still have very high hopes for him and think he's an offensively talented player.... just sayin'.
He made some excellent offensive plays in the scrimages.
He is a good skater, has an excellent shot, good hands, and good IQ. If he keeps improving he should be a solid offensive player at the NHL level.
Also note Horvat's recent Jr numbers are a bit skewed. He started off in a defensive role but just killed it the back half of the season and playoffs.
He does have a pretty sweet toe drag... but so do most first-round picks these days.
Have to see more of him with better players to really get a feel for his skill level.That said, comparing any 18 year old picked out of the top3 to Ryan Getzlaf is a bit silly.
True enough. I'd be less inclined to if we hadn't traded a top-5 NHL goaltender for him. And Getzlaf was really just who came to mind the way folks around here have been talking about Horvat.... a big, talented first-line NHL center.