Canucks Army Player Profiles: Bo Horvat

Jeremy Davis
October 09 2015 01:00PM

Heading into Canucks training camp this season, there was a swell of excitement surrounding several different prospects. Not so in 2014, when all eyes were on one prospect: Bo Horvat. He was big and strong and possessed an "NHL body", which is important according to every scouting report ever written on the former London Knight. He wasn't the fastest skater and wasn't all that offensively gifted, but hey, he could win some faceoffs. Maybe be a bigger, stronger Manny Malhotra some day.

Well, it's 13 months later and the Bo Horvat craze has exploded. His first season in the NHL defied all expectations. Not only did he come with all the advertised talents, but he was bursting with abilities that he was supposed to lack - namely speed and finish.

Bo Horvat is heading into his second NHL season. How was this gift bestowed upon us Canucks fans, and what can we expect from him this year?

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3 areas where the Canucks were improved in Game 1 vs. the Flames

Carol Schram
October 09 2015 11:00AM

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The Canucks' new look for the new season was triggered in large part by the shortcomings they showed during their six-game playoff loss to the Calgary Flames last April. What better way for Jim Benning to assess his offseason changes than to open the new year with two head-to-head looks at his Canucks against the team that ended their season last spring?

On Wednesday night, the Canucks passed their first test with flying colours, kicking off 2015-16 with a 5-1 win over the Flames. Were the Canucks that good, or was Calgary bad?

"We played a game that is totally out of character for us and we got what we deserved, they kicked our butt," Calgary coach Bob Hartley told Darren Haynes of the Canadian Press after the game, via The Province.

The Flames will get a chance to redeem themselves when the two teams meet again at Rogers Arena on Saturday night. Based on our one-game sample size, here's what Vancouver changed for the better on Wednesday.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 09 2015 06:45AM

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Cocaine and the NHL, Leafs prepare for misery, Flames fear some regression, how much of an impact will Canucks rookies have his year, Ference gives up 'C' in Edmonton, the NHL All-hipster team, predictions and forecasts for the 2015-16 season and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - October 8th, 2015

Josh W
October 08 2015 03:00PM

Welcome back to another week of Canucks prospects updates!  The major junior leagues have shaken off the early-season cobwebs and hit full stride, while the NCAA schools (except for Yale) has started playing exhibition games. In a scrubbing of SFU, North Dakota easily emerged as victors and boy did first round Brock Boeser look good.

But he's not the only one how are all of our Canucks performing?

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Canucks Army Player Profiles: Jacob Markstrom

J.D. Burke
October 08 2015 12:22PM

Jacob Markstrom is hoping that this is the season his immense success in professional leagues abroad will finally translate to the NHL level.

It doesn't seem long ago that Markstrom was considered the NHL's best goaltending prospect, but to this point he's struggled to build on that foundation to develop into a bona fide NHL goaltender. The Canucks are hoping that by adding more detailed technical elements to Markstrom's game, they can help to ease the transition for their not-quite-that-young netminder in the 2015 season and beyond.

This isn't an alley-oop by any means, but there are reasons aplenty for optimism that stretch well beyond this organization's success with Swedes. Well, once he returns from injury, of course.

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