Who is the better fantasy own – Bo Horvat or Mika Zibanejad?

Rick Roos

2017-05-17

 

Poolies were hoping by now to have a better idea of what the future holds for Mika Zibanejad and Bo Horvat. Yet after another season in the books for each, we remain unsure of their fantasy trajectory and which one of the two is the better short and long term fantasy own. Fortunately Cage Match is here for a deep dive to get you the answers you need!

 

Career Path and Contract Status

 

Zibanejad, 24, was drafted 6th overall in 2011 and had a nine game NHL cameo that season. During the lockout he played 23 games in the AHL (11 points) then posted 20 points in 42 contests for the Sens. After an AHL refresher (seven points in six games) he was in the NHL to stay for the rest of 2013-14 (33 points in 69 games). From there, his scoring rate improved to 46 points in 2014-15 then 51 in 2015-16. After being dished to the Rangers in the offseason, things started great (15 points in 19 games) before a leg injury cost him nearly two months. Upon returning to the line-up he was rusty (13 points in 28 games), then ended the regular season on a high note that extended through the playoffs (18 points in his final 21 games).

Horvat, 22, was picked 9th overall in 2013 and returned to the OHL that season, where his 74 points in 54 games showed he was NHL ready. As a rookie Horvat posted 25 points in 68 games, then improved to 40 points in 2015-16. Like Zibanejad, he had hot and cold stretches in 2016-17, in his case managing 46 points in 62 games in between a cold start (four points in 11 games) and finish (two points in eight games). The resulting 52 points bested the outputs of both Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin and perhaps signaled an unofficial passing of the torch for the Canucks offense.

Both players will be RFAs this summer. Zibanejad is arbitration-eligible and coming off a deal that had a $2.625M per year cap hit, while Horvat just finished his ELC, which counted $0.894M against the cap.

 

Ice Time

 

Season

Total Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

PP Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

SH Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

2016-17

17:04 (M.Z.) – 3rd

18:01 (B.H.) –