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Horvat ‘trying not to think about’ expectations in Vancouver

Jul 11, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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For now, Bo Horvat is known simply in Vancouver as the kid the Canucks got for goalie Cory Schneider.

The Canucks are obviously hoping he’ll be known for more than that eventually, otherwise their big draft-day trade with the Devils (Schneider for New Jersey’s ninth overall pick) has probably turned out poorly.

Horvat, in Vancouver this week for prospects’ camp, spoke to reporters yesterday about the weight of expectations.

“I don’t think there is any pressure,” he said, per the Canadian Press. “I’m trying not to think about it too much. It’s always going to be out there and everyone is going to be asking how I feel about it.

“I’m just going out there and playing my game and do what I do best. I want to focus on my game and prove I can be part of the Vancouver Canuck organization and prove to everyone they made the right decision.”

Horvat — who was outsanding in the most recent OHL playoffs for the London Knights — will have a great opportunity to make the Canucks next season as an 18-year-old center. With no space to fit big-name free agents under the salary cap, Vancouver is desperate to get contributions from its prospects.

  1. nobandwagoners - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I wish Horvat good luck. But to make the team as an 18 year old – mmm, that’s a tall task especially when he will definitely be judged by what the Canucks gave up, i.e. a blue-chip, young goalie (a single 9th overall pick for Schneids?! Yeow).

    I like Horvat’s attitude and I hope he’s able to maintain that as his career progresses, especially if he’s not an impact player right away (and, realistically, he most likely won’t be – how many 18-yr old or any rookies are?). Just look at all the years of abuse and expectations heaped on the Sedins when they first started out. If the GMs at the time hadn’t resisted all the media and fans’ grumbling the Twins would have been shipped out before they reached their full potential.

  2. av416 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Gotta feel for this kid right now. Making the NHL as an everyday player and contributor as an 18 year old is not something that should be expected unless the player is very, very special, which Horvat is not at this particular time. It’s a tough spot because as much as he is benefited with having successful veterans on the team and as well at his position, you can’t help but feel as though whoever was taken with this pick was gonna be screwed with unduly pressure, all because Mike Gillis screwed up in astronomical proportions.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    A lot of fans are stupid, just think of all the idiots criticizing the Sedins in their first 4 -5 seasons. Look at all the morons cutting down Kassian. They are all clueless about players, development, and expectations. The media is to blame as well since they should actually know better from being paid to cover the games, the team and hockey in general, but there are clowns in the media who jump all over the young players as well.

    Too many numbskulls running around posing as hockey fans just to be part of the in crowd. They should go back to their condos and watch Seinfeld re-runs.

  4. kingcobraman - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    ur right Gillis is killing this team… good luck Horvat ,miracles happen but ur a long shot this year….

  5. spochiefsfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    What pressure on this kid! The trade definitely blew my mind.

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