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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Canucks Injury Update: Bo Horvat practices with the team for first time since shoulder injury

By on 10/16/2014 09:00:00 AM

It looks as though the Vancouver Canucks 2013 first round pick could be making his regular season debut soon. According to NBCSports ProHockeyTalk, Canucks center Bo Horvat will be available to head coach Willie Desjardins if needed after practicing with the team for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury.

Horvat has recovered from a shoulder injury he suffered during the preseason when he took a big, but clean, open-ice hit against the Edmonton Oilers. Now the Canucks have to decide what to do with him as they can't send him to the AHL due to his age (19). The Canucks could reassign him outright to the OHL, hold on to him for nine games and then send him back to the OHL, or simply keep the young forward in Vancouver for the season. With the Canucks depth at center, they may have to consider letting Horvat play some wing if they want to keep him and get him on the ice.

Horvat had a strong season for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He appeared in 54 games and amassed 74 points including 30 goals. 

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