The latest in a series on top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft looks at forward Bo Horvat of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Weight: 206 pounds
2012-13 Team: London (OHL)
Born: May 4, 1995
Birthplace: Rodney, Ontario
|NHL Central Scouting||15th North American skaters|
|International Scouting Services||10th all skaters|
|Red Line Report||10th overall|
|The Hockey News||16th overall|
|McKeen’s Hockey||14th overall|
|Hockey Prospectus||14th overall|
Ranked second on London (OHL) with 33 goals in 67 games. Was named OHL Playoff MVP after scoring a league-high 16 goals in 21 games as London won the OHL championship. Tallied the series-winning goal in the OHL Finals with 0.1 seconds left in Game 7. Registered 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games for London at Memorial Cup.
Won gold medal with Canada at 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, registering 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games. … Was captain of Team Ontario at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge and registered 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 6 games as his team won the bronze medal. … Registered 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 64 games with London in 2011-12. … Picked up 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 18 playoff games as London won the OHL championship. … Scored 1 goal in 3 games at the 2012 Memorial Cup.
“We just love this big horse. Owns whatever territory he feels like taking. Creates loads of problems down low for both defenders around the corners, and goalies around the crease. Sets up camp around slot, boxing out defenders …. and holding his position while he creates screens and looks for tip-ins/rebounds. Really hard on his stick and impossible to knock off the puck. Consistently gets open in scoring territory. Leader who plays hard at both ends every shift and does all the little things right. Scores most of his goals in dirty areas.” – Red Line Report 2013 Draft Guide
“First thing that jumps out about Bo is his incredible work ethic and awareness in all zones. He brings an interesting skillset offensively as he has slick hands down the wing, good power and a nose for the net. Able to create scoring opportunities in many different ways whether it’s his creativity off the rush or banging home a garbage goal on the doorstep. Horvat has a strong body presence out front and good puck protection along the wall and low in the offensive zone. Does all of the little things right and has shown superb leadership by example. Built for playoff hockey and potential to be a team captain down the road.” – International Scouting Services 2013 Draft Guide
“Horvat is one of the most complete forwards in this draft. He is tough, hard working, and defensively skilled, with enough offensive ability to project as a scoring line player. He was a top player for one of the best teams in the CHL. He is a good skater, with a technically sound stride, as he picks up speed quickly and easily. He is a strong, physical center who will lay the body, displaying the two-way work ethic NHL teams want to see. He is an aware penalty killer, good at faceoffs, and overall projects as a center who will start his shift in the defensive zone more often than not. His creativity progressed throughout this season, and his puck skills, hand-eye coordination, and playmaking vision all rank as above average; he can flash high-end offensive skill. It is difficult to find a weakness in his game.” – Hockey Prospectus
Video (Horvat scores OHL championship winning goal with 0.1 seconds left in Game 7)