Bo Horvat, in my opinion is everything the Dallas Stars could possibly want with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He is a strong skater, excellent two-way forward who is extremely intelligent with the puck on his stick. What Horvat possibly brings to a young Dallas Stars squad is his faceoff and shot blocking abilities. Bo was among the leaders in the OHL Western Conference in faceoffs and blocked shots (impressive considering he’s a center).
Some scouts are considering Horvat one of the most complete prospects, and his ability to see the play ahead of him in all three zones makes him a very hot commodity. He may be lacking in explosiveness when it comes to his speed, but in the end his other attributes makes Bo one of the most formidable opponents out on the ice.
Bo is also not afraid to use his body. Standing at an even 6’ and 200 pounds, Horvat can toss his body into the corner but most importantly, give the Stars that front of the net presence that has been missing since 2008 when Brenden Morrow was probably at his most recent healthiness. Corey Pronman from the Hockey Prospectus is quoted as saying, “it’s hard to find a weakness in his game.”
I have seen projected mock drafts having Horvat going anywhere between 8th (Buffalo) to 12th (Phoenix, or wherever they’ll be). This could fall right into the hands of Jim Nill if Horvat is indeed a reasonable target. Getting a feel for the draft floor, Nill wouldn’t have to give up a substantial amount to move as high as 8th if needed, and of course, he could possibly trade down a few spots if he feels Horvat will be available and perhaps pick up an extra pick in the 4th or 5th round.
The video below is the cheesy highlight video that all the prospects have. However, play particular attention to the 1:10 mark and the sick toe drag leading to a goal for the London Knights.