To Boston Bruins
Nathan Horton (RW)
Gregory Campbell (C/LW)
To Florida Panthers
Dennis Wideman (D)
15th overall pick (2010)
Third-Round Pick (2011)
The highlights of this deal would obviously be Nathan Horton heading to Boston and Dennis Wideman heading to Florida.
Florida will be receiving a big boost to the blue line in Dennis Wideman. Dennis Wideman gives Florida a top-three defenseman who can put up points. It will be interesting to see him paired with Bryan McCabe or Keith Ballard. If this happens, I think you can be assured that Florida will have some great success at the point.
In the 2009-10 season with the Boston Bruins, Dennis Wideman put up 30 points (six goals, 24 assists), had a minus-14 rating, and recorded 34 penalty minutes in 76 games.
Along with Wideman, the Panthers also receive two picks. Not too exciting, because Boston will not likely be finishing low in the rankings anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Boston will be receiving two forwards to add to its offensive team.
Gregory Campbell will not be a huge asset for the Boston Bruins, but he’s a good third- or fourth-line centerman who can occasionally contribute for the Bruins on the offensive end. Keep in mind that he is still quite young and is still developing.
Last season with the Panthers, Campbell put up 17 points (two goals, 15 assists), had a minus-five rating, and tallied 53 penalty minutes.
Nathan Horton will be a great asset to the Boston Bruins. Horton is only 25 and is already showing some great signs for a developing young gun. Horton will bring some good scoring to the Boston Bruins team, along with a whole lot of determination and grit.
Last season with the Florida Panthers, Nathan Horton put up 57 points (20 goals, 27 assists), a minus-one rating, and 42 penalty minutes. Horton went down with an injury last season, but seems perfectly fine and able to return to top form this season. Horton could easily develop into a 80-90 points scorer, which will help Boston a lot on the offensive end.
I think Boston got the better end of the deal with this one.
Horton is a great winger to have on the team. With a second overall pick in this year’s draft, the Bruins will either end up with Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. If the Bruins end up with Seguin, then I can see these two being paired up on a line and developing together.
This trade will definitely help the Bruins when it comes to being contenders in the Eastern Conference. Although I do not believe it brings them to a level of a team like Pittsburgh, Washington, etc., it certainly does bring them into higher contention.
It will be interesting to see what Nathan Horton is able to do in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Horton had never made the playoffs with the Florida Panthers and is likely going to receive his first taste of playoff action in the 2010-11 season with the Bruins.
Whether or not he’s a playoff type of guy will go a long way to determining the Bruins future playoff success.
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