The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the most banged up teams in the NHL this season. The hard luck franchise has lost more key players to injury than just about any other team with Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Chris Tanev, Brandon Sutter, Alex Edler, Troy Stecher, Loui Eriksson and Erik Gudbranson all missing at least 10 games or more. Yikes.
Fortunately, the team got some good news this morning when it comes to last season’s leading scorer Horvat. The 22-year-old pivot looks to be on the mend and has joined the team for its upcoming road trip.
Does this mean we’ll see a reunion of the Horvat/Baertschi and Brock Boeser line that was so electric early on in the season? We can only hope.
In Horvat’s absence the Canucks have virtually fallen off the map. If they were a bubble playoff team when he went down with injury back six weeks ago, that bubble has burst now. The Canucks are a team desperate for offense and Horvat’s 10 goals and 20 points in 28 games were a huge boost to the team early in the season. Since then, it’s been pretty much the Brock Boeser solo show in Vancouver.
Hopefully the return of Horvat can spark some offense for the Canucks moving forward, but will it be enough to end their three year playoff drought?