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NHL Mock Draft 2013: Phoenix Coyotes select Bo Horvat with No. 12 pick

With the superstar forwards off the board, the Coyotes select a strong two-way centerman with elite faceoff potential.

Richard Wolowicz

With the 12th pick in the 2013 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, the Phoenix Coyotes select Bo Horvat, forward from the London Knights.

The draft thus far in order: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones, Aleksander Barkov, Valeri Nichushkin, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Darnell Nurse, Hunter Shinkaruk, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Mirco Mueller.

The Coyotes enter the draft in desperate need for forward help. After the hope that one of the top seven forwards would drop was extinguished, the focus shifted to the next tier. We elected to pass on taking another defenseman, and selected a centerman from the OHL champions.

Scouting Report

Height - 6'0''
Weight - 206
Shoots - Left
Age - 18 (born 4/5/95)
From - Rodney, ON

Horvat's skill set fits right in with what the Coyotes need up front. A prospect who should stay at the center ice position with strong defensive play and elite faceoff winning potential.

As a strong, physical player in his own zone, Horvat's priorities fit those of the current Coyotes system under Dave Tippett. His offensive upside lends hope that the 18-year-old can develop into a 20+ goal scorer while maintaining his physical play and his defensive prowess.

It's unlikely that Horvat will crack an NHL lineup for the 2013-2014 season, but it should not be long before the Rodney, Ontario native dons a professional jersey and begins his journey to the NHL.

Scouts Analysis

Corey Pronman from Hockey Prospectus had this to say about Horvat:

Horvat is one of the most complete forwards in this draft. He is tough, hard working, and defensively skilled, with enough offensive ability to project as a scoring line player. He was a top player for one of the best teams in the CHL. He is a good skater, with a technically sound stride, as he picks up speed quickly and easily. He is a strong, physical center who will lay the body, displaying the two-way work ethic NHL teams want to see. He is an aware penalty killer, good at faceoffs, and overall projects as a center who will start his shift in the defensive zone more often than not. His creativity progressed throughout this season, and his puck skills, hand-eye coordination, and playmaking vision all rank as above average; he can flash high-end offensive skill. It is difficult to find a weakness in his game.

Adam Kimelman of described Horvat as a:

Big scorer also highly regarded for two-way game; might be draft class' best on faceoffs.

Mike Morreale of commented:

The 6-foot, 206-pound Horvat is solid, high-end competitor who is aggressive on the forecheck and finishes checks. He plays physical, is good on special teams and is respected by teammates.


He won't light the lamp as often as Nate MacKinnon or Sasha Barkov, but he provides enough offensive ability to be an effective top-six forward on most teams. Last season with the OHL Champion London Knights, the 18-year-old scored 33 goals and 61 points in 67 games.

Horvat also earned playoff MVP honors for leading his team to the Memorial Cup after posting 16 goals and 23 points in 21 OHL playoff games.

The Knights forward was a point-per-game player in his five Memorial Cup games this season with five points, including a pair of goals.

Horvat shined brightly on a very good Knights team run by the Hunter's. Succeeding under those expectations combined with a solid work ethic, are good signs that success is not too far away for him at the next level.


Season Team League GP G A TP PIM +/- Postseas. GP G A TP PIM +/-
2009-10 Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 2 0 2 2 0 |
2010-11 Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 30 30 31 61 12 | Playoffs 12 5 7 12 4
Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA Midget 68 47 71 118 20 |
St. Thomas Stars GOJHL 5 1 3 4 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
2011-12 London Knights OHL 64 11 19 30 8 27 | Playoffs 18 1 3 4 0 0
Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 6 4 3 7 6 |
2012-13 London Knights OHL 67 33 28 61 29 3 | Playoffs 21 16 7 23 10 -1
Canada U18 JWC-18 5 2 2 4 6 |
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