WNY Hockey Prospects

Hora Earns Blue Jackets Invite

Frank Hora (Image Courtesy of Dan Hickling)

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Frank Hora has earned an invite to the Columbus Blue Jackets Development Camp from Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30.  Hora, an Amherst, NY native, recently finished his 3rd OHL season with the Rangers and was an assistant captain during the 2015 – 2016 season.  Despite being rated as a 4-6th Round selection prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Hora surprisingly went undrafted.

At 6’2″ and 200 lbs, Hora certainly has the type of build that would transfer to the pro game.  Prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, I spoke with Kitchener Rangers reporter Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record about Hora and he was incredibly high on Frank’s play.

“Frank is a responsible blueliner who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes in his own end. He’s fundamentally sound and usually makes the right play instead of trying to be fancy. It might not be the most exciting style but it’s effective and makes his teammates and coach happy. He’s got decent size and mobility and has a good understanding of the game.”

When I asked Josh what it was about Frank that he was most impressed with, and what he thought NHL teams would be impressed with, he was very clear:

“The thing that impressed me most about Frank was his maturity. He (was) a rookie who was thrown into the top defensive pairing on the Rangers, given tons of minutes and responsibility yet he never looked out of place or overwhelmed by it. In fact, he thrived with the pressure. And you can tell that his teammates – and goalies – trust him on the ice, which is huge. I have no doubt that he’ll continue to be a top-two defenceman in the OHL for his entire career. Rangers’ scouts – to their credit – always believed he’d be an impact player in the league and he’s proving them right. He’s also a polite and well spoken kid who doesn’t have a giant ego and that has and will continue to serve him well.”

Although he may have gone undrafted, Frank Hora certainly has options.  The fact that the Columbus Blue Jackets invited him to their Development Camp just two days after the 2016 NHL Entry Draft speaks volumes about their opinion of his ability on the ice.  If – and when – the Amherst, NY native makes a name for himself as a professional hockey player, make sure you’re one of the people who knew about him before everyone else did.

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