Bo Horvat Selected to Play in NHL All-Star Game

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Bo Horvat has been selected to participate in the 62nd NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles this February. It will be Horvat’s first appearance in an All-Star Game. 

Horvat joins the likes of Linden, Bure, Naslund, Smyl, the Sedins and Luongo as such players who have played in the game. Most recently, Daniel Sedin represented the team in last year’s game. 

There’s no argument on the selection of Horvat. He’s easily been the best Canucks player, really coming into his own this season and solidifying himself as a cornerstone player for years to come. The opportunity to get the Sedin Twins some added rest can not be left unacknowledged either. Keeping them fresh is better in the long run, and the opportunity for a young guy like Horvat to represent his team in such a big year where they will be honouring some of the best ever since it’s the 100th anniversary, it’s an experience he will not soon forget. It will be interesting to see if he takes part in any of the skills competition events, if I had to guess it’s likely he’ll be grouped into the skills challenge portion of the event. If Daniel Sedin isn’t there who will shoot the puck into the mini nets? Will there be a wiener dog challenge? I hope so.

So far this season, Horvat leads the team in points with 29, goals with 13, and sits second in assists with 16.

  • wojohowitz

    Can we say Willie handled Horvat perfectly or should we say Horvat has progressed in spite of Willie`s decisions on placement and icetime, keeping in mind Horvat started the season on the fourth line with Burrows and Dorset, which is explained by Horvat`s slow starts in the last two seasons, like he did not have his head in the game.

    Perhaps in context we should ask if Willie has handled the other young guys properly like; Hutton, Stecher, Tryamkin and Gaunce.

    I think we can give Willie a pass on Rodin. I don`t think he was making the decisions on how Rodin was handled in the pre-season – that`s on Benning.

  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    Good job Horvat. Not too surprising. I only wish Tanev would get some similar love. Tanev is definitely one of the best Defensive defensemen there is.

  • Burnabybob

    People keep saying the Canucks need to rebuild.

    Truth is, they have been rebuilding since at least 2012. Each year since then they have added at least one solid piece through the draft – Hutton, Horvat, Demko, Tryamkin, Boeser, and Juolevi. (Hopefully we can add Virtanen to that list eventually.)

    And they’ve added others through trades and free agency, like Granlund, Baertschi, Stecher, and dare I say, Gudbranson and Sbisa.

    The Canucks almost have the makings of a winning team already. Their defense looks solid. It really depends on how good players like Juolevi turn out to be. Goaltending looks good, too.

    They need help at the forward positions- a center, a left winger, and possibly another right winger, depending on the progress of Virtanen.

    Those are hardly insurmountable needs, though. Another couple of drafts, and possibly some free agent signings should fill them.

  • Burnabybob

    Congratulations, Bowie! This is well deserved.

    Horvat looks more and more like a future captain. It’s been gratifying to see the progress that he and his young teammates have made this year, specifically players like Baertschi, Granlund, Tryamkin, Stecher, and even Sbisa.

    It’s remarkable that the Canucks are even fighting for a playoff spot at this point in the season. I thought they would be in the cellar. So did many others.