The season is fast approaching and the Canucks still have some remaining unanswered questions before training camp begins.
Brock Boeser’s new contract is at the front of everyone’s mind, but because of a recent departure, this team might be heading into unknown territory.
With the retirement of the Sedins a year ago, Vancouver was without a captain for the first time in franchise history last season. Whether or not that is changed before the puck drops on Oct. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers, is still unknown, but there is one player that appears to be prepared if they become Henrik’s successor.
Bo Horvat says he is ready to be #Canucks' next captain if team decides to name one. "I'd be ready to make that next step. It wouldn't change who I am and it wouldn't change the type of player I want to be … I'd just try to be the best leader I can be."
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 5, 2019
The 2013 9th-overall selection just finished his fifth season with the club, playing in over 377 total games. After his most recent 61-point performance, he has cemented himself to be in the Canucks’ top-six forwards for as long as they will have him.
With all the players from the past success just a few years away from presumed retirement, Horvat appears to be the most logical option when it comes to naming a captain for this new group of young players in Vancouver.
— Botchford's Army (@CanucksArmy) July 10, 2019
He appears to be able to take the challenge and wear the new letter on his jersey, based on his quotes. Horvat seems to be unmoved at the mention of naming him captain, stating that it won’t change the player he is currently or the one that he becomes in the future.
As mentioned in Stephen Roget’s three-part series earlier this summer, Horvat appears to be the perfect candidate to takeover this honoured position.
It has become increasingly common for a team in the NHL to go without a captain. The Vegas Golden Knights in their expansion year reached the Stanley Cup Final without one and other successful teams in the regular season like the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks, are still currently without one.
But following in the footsteps of Sedin, Smyl, Linden and Naslund, Horvat could be soon added to that list of prestigious Canucks to wear the second “C” on their jersey.