Horvat scored and dished out two apples Wednesday in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers. Horvat has had a balanced season, with 17 in both the goals and assists categories. However, it's also been a frustrating one, as he hasn't consistently been able to showcase his obvious talent. His pace suggests better things for him in future seasons if he can stay healthy, but 2017-18 looks like it'll go down as a learning experience for the young center.
Horvat scored his 11th goal of the season in Tuesday's overtime win over the Avalanche. Horvat opened the scoring with a breakaway beauty that got Vancouver off to a hot start. It was his first tally since returning to the lineup following an 18-game injury absence (leg). Horvat has looked like his usual dynamite self in his first four games back, collecting three points and averaging around 20 minutes of ice time. The 22-year-old has put up 23 points in 32 games this season and is sporting a tidy plus-6 rating. Now that the first one is out of the way, look for Horvat to start scoring more regularly.
Horvat gathered two assists -- including a power-play setup -- Tuesday on the way to a 6-2 home win over the Kings. Horvat's big night also led to a plus-3 rating as icing on the cake in the fantasy realm, but more importantly, those were his first points since Dec. 5, as he'd missed 18 games due to a leg injury. Selected by the Canucks with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Horvat has a power-play role locked up and that should keep him relevant in most fantasy leagues.
Horvat failed to register a point versus Winnipeg on Sunday in his first game back from injury. Horvat's contributions in his return from an 18-game stint on the sidelines were limited to one shot on goal, one hit and a minus-1 rating. Prior to getting hurt, the center tallied four points in his previous six outings while averaging 19:31 of ice time. It could take a little while for the 22-year-old to get reacquainted with linemates Sven Baertschi and Brock Boeser, but once the trio starts to click, Horvat should be able to reach the 40-point threshold for the third consecutive season.
Horvat (leg) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports. Horvat will make his first appearance since Dec. 5 against Carolina, and he'll look to add to the 10 goals and 10 assists he posted in the first 28 games. The 22-year-old pivot fired 65 shots on goal in that span and consistently skated on the power play, recording six points there.
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