Watch Bo Horvat bamboozle three defenders to score a beautiful goal [VIDEO]

Mike Gillis’s decision to use his recently-acquired 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft on OHL center Bo Horvat was met with some disappointment among the Canucks’ fanbase. It was understandable. After all, when you have the opportunity to select “Russian phenom Valeri Nichushkin” and you look him off to grab some dude named Bo, there’s gonna be grumbling.

The decison is somewhat defensible, even if the current optics — Horvat’s still in junior, while Nichushkin is on Dallas’s lethal top line — aren’t good. In today’s NHL, your team’s overall goodness correlates rather closely with your strength down the middle. Think of the league’s best teams in recent years: Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, and yes, even Vancouver. They all have one thing in common: elite centres. (Same goes for the league’s most productive wingers.)

For the Canucks to remain competitive, grabbing a centre projected to step into a top-six role down the line was more important than snatching up that year’s hot new import winger. That was the reasoning there, and it wasn’t, well, unreasonable.

Of course, the counterargument was simple: this Youtube collection of Nichushkin’s sexy highlights from Russia. Did Horvat have one of those? Didn’t think so. Way to blow it, Mike.

That’s not to say Horvat can’t contribute a Youtube-able goal, however. Why, he did so just Tuesday night. Feast your eyes on this lovely scoring play:

That’s an absolutely incredible show of skill and strength.

It begins at the red line, where Horvat takes a pass from Max Domi and starts towards the Kitchener end. But that’s when he realizes his defender has jumped up on him aggressively, trying to cut off his move to the wall. So he cuts inside with a wicked toe drag, and suddenly he has step, and a partial lane to the net.

All three Rangers in the frame try to tie him up, but Horvat’s a strong kid, muscling off two hooks before backhanding the puck into the goal.

s/t to Sean Leahy.

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Harrison Mooney is the co-editor of Pass it to Bulis at The Vancouver Sun. Have a tip? Email him at harrisonmooney@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter!

18 comments

  1. Chris the Curmudgeon
    December 11, 2013

    Talk about one of your all-time road commentator calls too. “Busting in all alooooone…and it’s in the net”

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 11, 2013

      Yep. Big-time no-sell on a highlight-reel goal. I hate that crap, since it somehow makes the goal feel lesser. With a better goal call, this video might be spreading around a little faster.

      But, bad as it was, he’s still no Mike Haynes.

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      • Blueliner
        December 11, 2013

        *score.*

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        December 11, 2013

        Yep, he’s pretty bad. I think the only play-by-play in all of sports that is definitely worse is Chicago White Sox TV man Hawk Harrelson. You want to hear some subjectivity, pull up some of his “best” ones on youtube.

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  2. Ben
    December 11, 2013

    The goalie had to readjust his pants afterwords. That’s always a good sign.

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  3. the real bob
    December 11, 2013

    that was the most lifeless commentating i have ever seen

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  4. nateb123
    December 11, 2013

    Flashes of Mario Lemieux and Jagr in that goal. The speed, the power, the reach and stickhandles right around the goalie.

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  5. Aaron
    December 11, 2013

    We can only hope he ends up being close to either Lemieux or Jagr. As it is he is looking impressive so far and I can’t wait until he makes the NHL. I’m loving the way the team looks this year and more exicted to see what they look like next. It’s a great time to be a Canucks Fan!!!!

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    • JDM
      December 11, 2013

      Close to Lemieux or Jagr.

      Right. Yeah no totally, those are some reasonable expectations you’ve got there. Nice work.

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      • nateb123
        December 11, 2013

        Agreed. I said the GOAL had shades of Jagr and Lemieux. I don’t think expecting that out of Horvat is reasonable. But some folks are excitable I guess.

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        • Aaron
          December 12, 2013

          The you can only Hope comment was similar to both your follow up thoughts not an expectation. My excitement for next year is that we should be able to improve on a team that is already impressing, by possibly adding guys like Bo, and Shinkaruk, who should be able to improve our team further . I always thought hope was something you had when you had no control but wanted good results.

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          • Aaron
            December 12, 2013

            Example. I hope I win this hockey game vs I expect to get a goal.

            For some reason that line wasnt in the origional post!

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  6. Matt
    December 11, 2013

    I’ve got no problem with the Horvat pick. He’s generally considered the best defensive forward in the OHL, *and* he’s got 44 points in 28 games. I’ve heard him referred to as the “most NHL-ready prospect not playing in the NHL” a few times, too.

    Also remember, if Horvat was taken by Dallas he’d probably be in their lineup, too. Dallas is a bubble team without nearly as much depth as Vancouver. If Vancouver had taken Nichushkin, they’d likely have given him another year in junior too.

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  7. Naturalmystic
    December 11, 2013

    OMG, he scored a nice goal against minor league players, plan the parade. The NHL draft is littered with the shattered dreams of countless can’t miss kids. Ever hear of a guy named Gilbert Brule? Stop panting like a bunch of 12 year old boys that swiped a copy of Hustler from the corner store. His junior highlight reel means diddly if he can’t produce in the NHL.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 11, 2013

      Oh, loosen your sweat pants, will you?

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      • Brent
        December 11, 2013

        Don’t you mean yoga pants?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 12, 2013

      Deep breath there, bud.

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    • NarkusMaslund
      December 13, 2013

      Yeah, you’re right. It would be stupid to enjoy a nice goal from a young prospect, especially since it’s only in junior league that produces more NHLers than any other. That would be ridiculous. Stupid Canuck fans. We might as well just go cheer for whomever is leading the NHL standings today.

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