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Road to the NHL Draft: Bo Horvat

By John Vogl

Bo Horvat

Position: Center

Junior team: London (OHL)

Born: Rodney, Ont.

Measurables: 6-foot, 206 pounds

2012-13 stats: 67 games, 33 goals, 28 assists, 61 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 15 (North America)

Lowdown: Horvat has experienced nothing but success since joining London two years ago, and he had a lot to do with it this season. He scored with 0.1 seconds left in Game Seven of the OHL finals to win the game and series, sending the Knights to the Memorial Cup for the second straight spring. It was the highlight of a dominating postseason. Horvat recorded 16 goals and 23 points in 21 games as folks marveled at his big-game ability.

Possibly the best faceoff man in the draft, Horvat loves the two-way game. He’s a stellar penalty-killer and shot-blocker who gets put on the ice in key situations. He scored 11 goals in his first season of junior hockey and tripled it this season.

Though he plays top-line minutes with London, some observers feel he’ll amount to a third-line center in the NHL.

They said it: "He does everything you like to see. His penalty killing is very good, blocking shots. He's effective every shift. He does something every shift to contribute to a win. He's got good skill. He's got pretty good finish around the net. I love his competitiveness." – Chris Edwards of NHL Central Scouting to

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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