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.