Nathan Horton Gives the Bruins an Offensive Boost

Updated: June 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm by Matt Bennett

Having a couple first round picks gives you a lot of flexibility and that’s something Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli can be thankful for.  Boasting the 2nd and 15th picks in the upcoming 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Chiarelli made a move to immediately boost a 2009-10 league-worst scoring threat (2.39 goals per game) with the 2003 3rd-overall draft pick, Nathan Horton.

Boston moved letdown-defenseman Dennis Wideman and their 15th-overall pick in exchange for Horton and Gregory Campbell, a solid 4th line option for an already potent Bruins grind-unit.  Making the move gives Boston another injury risk but a gritty power-forward who should drive the net and complement Marc Savard’s playmaking style – a spot on Boston’s top line gives Horton a much-needed fantasy boost this season.

In Wideman, Florida has a 30-point defender a year removed from a 50-point year but also carrying a lofty $3.87-million cap hit for the next two years.  Wideman became expendable with Dennis Seidenberg resigning.

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