JamesB Posted March 8, 2015 Share Posted March 8, 2015 Horvat had another good game against San Jose tonight (Saturday), scoring the game-tying goal and playing shutdown at crucial times. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but he could be a potential Selke candidate. And he does look destined to take Kesler's role on the Canucks. But he looks like an upgrade on Kesler (Maybe not right now, but in terms of overall career trajectory). Bo is 19 and is having a very good year, with 10 goals already. Kesler played for a while with the Canucks at age 19, picking up 2 goals and 3 assists in 28 games. He had his first fulll season with the Canucks at age 21, when he scored 10 goals in 82 games (along with 13 assists, for 23 pts). He did not have his breakthrough year until age 23, when he scored 21 goals and had 16 assists for 37 pts. So Bo is significantly ahead in his development so far. Kesler is physically strong, but Bo is stronger, Kesler is very good in the face-off circle but, based on how well he is doing so far, Bo should be better. Kesler is an excellent shutdown centre. Bo is already playing shutdown against top centers and doing well. He looks like a potential world class shut down guy. Kesler is very good on the PK. Bo has recently been given PK time and, for a 19 year-old, he is exceptionally good. Kesler is a good shooter. Bo is better at this stage of his career than Kesler was. And Bo is a better passer. Kesler contributes to the physical game. So does Bo, and he takes far fewer penalties. Kesler is a very good skater who contributes to the speed game. This should be an advantage for Kesler but Bo was always a good skater and seems to have improved in the past year. He can also contribute to the speed game. Key differences are: 1. Bo makes anyone he plays with better. Various guys do "surprisingly well" with Bo. This applies to Kenins, Dorsett, Hansen, and others. Kesler made guys he played with worse. 2. Bo is a great guy, Modest, popular with fans and teammates and a great guy to have around. Kesler is basically an a**h****. Bottom line. It is still early, but Bo looks to be a more valuable player than Kesler. With normal development I see him as a better player within two years and a legitimate Selke candidate down the road. So I see his ceiling as a world class 2C. I think we are still looking for high end offensive talent for 1C to replace Henrik but I do not see that person in the system yet. McCann, like Horvat, is more of a two-way center who could be a world class 3C (although it is much too early to have any confidence). I know people will hate this comment but I wonder if the Canucks maybe should have taken Nylander instead of Virtanen in the 2014 draft, although Virtanen is a very good prospect. But Nylander is doing surprisingly well in the AHL for an 18 year-old. Maybe the Canucks will draft Barzal this year. If so, then I will be much happier with Virtanen pick, as Virtanen brings an unsually combination of skill, speed, toughness and intensity to the game. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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