Since joining the Islanders at the trade deadline last season, Horvat has brought a new dimension to the organization that’s been missing since the departure of John Tavares.
Forming what has become one of the top duos in the league with Barzal, Horvat is on pace to have the most productive season in his 10-year NHL career. The chemistry between the two has them at the top of the Islanders' points leaderboard, both on pace to finish over a point per game.
With the injury to Barzal last season, it took a bit of time for Horvat to begin clicking this season but picked up the pace significantly. Through his first 18 games this season, Horvat had a modest 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists), with a shooting percentage of just 8.5%. In the subsequent nine games, Horvat’s production has skyrocketed, totaling 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists), converting on 22.4% of his opportunities.
Dobson may have the upper hand on Horvat to be named in a fan vote due to the need for defensemen for the Eastern Conference, but it doesn’t mean his season should be looked at in any less of a light.