Horvat scored twice in the team's season opener against the Oilers on Saturday. Horvat netted a beautiful power-play goal off the rush in the first period and then snuck a puck past Cam Talbot in the second frame. The 22-year-old has taken steps forward in every one of his three NHL seasons thus far and has kicked off 2017-18 with a bang. The two-way center saw close to four minutes of man-advantage time in the opener and appears destined for a big campaign. With a 20-goal-season in the books, Horvat has become a must-own fantasy asset in deeper leagues.
Horvat (upper body) has been cleared for contact and is set to play in Saturday's Opening Night matchup with Edmonton. Having Horvat anchoring the middle of the second line provides an important boost to the Canucks' scoring depth. The 22-year-old has missed just one regular season game in the last two years while also racking up 36 goals and 56 helpers. Having new teammate Thomas Vanek on his right should bolster the London, Ontario native's chance of registering a third consecutive 40-plus point campaign.
Canucks coach Travis Green cautioned that it's no guarantee Horvat (upper body) will play in the season opener against the Oilers next Saturday, though "he's pretty sure he will," Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports. Fortunately for Horvat, the Canucks will be one of the last teams to open the curtain on a new campaign -- there are four games scheduled for Opening Night on Wednesday, but Vancouver gets a bit more time to prepare. The franchise bestowed a six-year, $33 million extension on Horvat in early September, rewarding him for notching a new personal best in goals (20), assists (32) and shots on goal (158) last season. Expect him to be monitored carefully as the season approaches.
Horvat inked a six-year, $33 million deal with Vancouver on Friday. After a 2016-17 campaign in which he set career highs in goals, assists and shots on goal, Horvat earned himself a significant pay bump. With the Canucks widely expected to begin the post-Sedin rebuild after the upcoming season, it seems the 22-year-old will be one of the centerpieces of the organization moving forward. The biggest knock on the Ontario native is his lack of power-play production -- he managed just 10 points with the man advantage. If he can start contributing more with the extra attacker, Horvat could join the upper tier of fantasy talents.
Horvat collected a trio of assists in Saturday's win over Los Angeles. Horvat was an alternate captain for the first time in his NHL career, as he now wears the letter with the departure of Alex Burrows to Ottawa. The 21-year-old has kicked off the month of March with a bang, piling on four points in his first two games. Horvat has emerged as the present and future of the Canucks and his 44 points (19 goals) have made him the team's most dynamic fantasy option. Keep him rolling, as he's a consistent producer that's only going to improve.
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