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1. Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton at 6'2" and 220 lbs was a career Florida Panther. He was their third overall pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft. He made the team in his first year and has managed to score at least 20 goals and 45 points in the last five seasons. He has been one of Florida's more consistent young players but he was expected to be brilliant.
During the off-season in 2008 Florida traded team leader and center Olli Jokinen to Phoenix for defensive help. They moved Horton to center from the wing and both moves seemed to upset him as he had his worst season in four.
Boston has more centers than they can use and need scoring wingers. They traded defenseman Dennis Wideman for Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell. If he can stay healthy Horton should get plenty of work on the first line in Boston. He's reasonably fast, has a good shot and size. Teamed with one of the best play makers in the league, Marc Savard, Horton should at the least match his best NHL season 2006-07 when he managed 31 goals and 62 points.
Expect the 25 year old power forward to be healthy, happy and surpass his best season in the league with Boston.Horton has three years left on his contract at 4 million dollars a year. Expect the Bruins to extract quite a bit of value from this player who has underachieved to date.