Is Bo Horvat Already a First Line Centre?

Jeremy Davis
December 01 2016 03:00PM

Ever since the Canucks began showing signs of decline a few years back, fans have been pondering where the next great offensive players are going to come from once the Sedins have ridden off into the sunset. It’s been pretty clear to everyone sitting at home that the Canucks don’t have much of a succession plan for their top line, with no high calibre centre prospect currently in the system.

So naturally, the inclination is to wonder whether Bo Horvat, the best young centre that they have in their organization, is going to be able to develop his game to the point where he can take on the mantle of a top line player. He himself seems to think so, and his recent hot streak has lent credence to the concept.

But Bo Horvat’s recent hot streak really isn’t all that “recent” anymore. Stretching all the way back to late December of 2015, Bo Horvat has been the Canucks most productive player, with numbers that aren’t just impressive compared an otherwise woeful Canuck offence - they’re damn impressive in general.

So it’s time to ask the question: is Bo Horvat already a first line centre?

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The Leafs' Statistical Progression In November, As A Team

Jeff Veillette
December 01 2016 12:31PM

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November is officially behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over the course of those 30 days, the team went 8-5-1 and gave everybody a heck of a lot to be excited about, even if that 7-0 loss to the Kings made life feel temporarily pointless. With December's games soon to be underway and the Leafs sitting a point out of a Wildcard spot, I figured it would be interesting to compare where the Leafs stand now to where they did before. We'll be breaking this up into two posts, with this one covering just the team's statistics. Let's dive in!

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Predicting Horvat's next contract

Ryan Biech
December 01 2016 09:00AM

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A few short weeks ago, I suggested that the Canucks would be wise to make inroads on a long-term extension for Bo Horvat post-haste. The Canucks announced not long after that they'd signed Ben Hutton to a two-year extension.

Following the announcement of the Hutton deal, Horvat was brought up:

Music to many a Canucks fans ears!

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Watch the Game Episode 14: The Panthers Conundrum with George Richards

Watch The Game Podcast
November 30 2016 03:29PM

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Cam welcomes George Richards of the Miami Herald to the show to discuss the changes that transpired in Florida earlier this week, while Sam and Jeff discuss Andrew Shaw's continued breakdowns, the Predators turn around, Dougie Hamilton trade rumors and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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By The Numbers: Analyzing the Jets early struggles at forward

Garret Hohl
November 30 2016 11:21AM

Suffice it to say, the Jets struggled thus far this season in many areas. The normally average-to-strong shot metrics is a new one for the Jets.

To determine why, we compare how each of the Jets performed relative to their historic norm.

In this article, we investigate the Jets' forwards.

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