Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton
34-Year-Old Right WingRW
Toronto Maple Leafs
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Nathan Horton in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a seven-year, $37.1 million deal with the Blue Jackets in July of 2013.
Fails medical
RWToronto Maple Leafs
September 14, 2017
Horton (back) failed his physical for the Leafs on Thursday, as expected, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
Horton's deal -- $5.3 million annually through 2019-20 -- can now be designated for long-term injured reserve, which will provide the Leafs with much-needed cap relief. This figures to be an annual process for the 32-year-old until his contract runs out, at which point he will officially retire.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Horton barely got a chance to show what he could do in his first season in Columbus, as just as he seemed to fully recover from offseason shoulder surgery, an abdominal injury took him down. His final tally (19 points in 36 games) was hardly worth his big free agent contract, but a now-healthy Horton will head into 2014-2015 with a lot to prove. He showed some chemistry with Ryan Johansen, and if Horton can keep that line placement, he should be able to return to the 20-goal, 50-point level.
Horton's gritty playoff performance (19 points in 22 games despite a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery) helped earn him a huge free agent payday, but it was still a surprise to some that he decided to leave a hockey mecca like Boston for the anonymity of a relative backwater like Columbus. His rough-and-tumble style of play seem like a very good fit for the Blue Jackets, even if it too often takes its toll on his body. While he'll probably miss the first chunk of the 2013-14 season rehabbing his shoulder, Horton should be up to full speed by Christmas, if not sooner. The big contract and shoulder injury will have him labelled as an overrated fantasy asset, but there's no reason he can't produce something close to the 25-goal, 60-point pace he usually managed with the Bruins. The biggest question with Horton in Columbus is the same as it was in Boston -- how often can he stay on the ice and out of the infirmary.
Horton hasn't played an NHL game since suffering a concussion back on Jan. 22, but reports are that he is well on his way to returning to the Bruins' lineup this coming season, where his nice blend of size and skill is a tremendous asset to the team's attack. Assuming his health, which hopefully will be confirmed in training camp, Horton should pick up where he left off, that is, patrolling right wing on the Bruins’ top line. Prior to being shut down last season, Horton, whose offensive presence was sorely missed by the team in the playoffs, notched 17 goals and 32 points in 46 games. He’s a difference-maker for the Bruins when he’s on the ice and a successful return on his part figures to help the team remain among the league’s elite squads and one of the favorites to be in position for a Stanley Cup run.
Horton, whose postseason was cut short by a nasty concussion, was also dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the playoffs. He's expected back at full strength next season and is slated to once again skate on the B's top line. While his 26 goals and 53 points in 80 games weren't eye-popping, he was one of the Bruins' most dangerous forwards all season long, while also recording a plus-29 rating. Horton has a terrific blend of size and skill and whatever character drive/questions he had previously attached to him as a Panther seem to have evaporated. A 30-goal season while being a key member of a balanced attack in Boston seems to be a reasonable expectation for Horton in 2011-12, assuming he's past the head injury.
Horton, who scored 20 goals and 37 assists in 65 games in 2009-10, has had his work ethic questioned at times, but the talent is there and perhaps a change of scenery from Florida to Boston will be the jump-start he needs. The 25-year-old projects as a top-6 forward with the Bruins, one who can use his big body (6-foot-2, 229-pounds) to play a power/skill combo game when he is on.
After consecutive 82-game seasons, the injury bug finally caught up with Horton in 2008-09, taking a big bite out of his production. But don’t let the paltry line of 22-23—45 (his worst totals since he was a teenager) scare you away. Horton has reportedly lost a chunk of weight in the off-season in the interest of becoming a little more nimble (always good for a sniper), and that could also lead to a healthier campaign. The result could be another 60-70 points at a discounted price because of the lousy preceding year.
Say what you will about this once third-overall pick being a draft bust, but just remember that he’s still only 23 years old entering his fifth NHL season. His numbers leveled off last season with a 62-point total that matched his production in 2006-07, even if he dropped a few goals. But if anyone on the Panthers figures to benefit from Peter DeBoer’s uptempo style, it’s Horton — a sniper in any sense of the word. Thirty-five goals and 70 points don’t seem out of the question.
Always a deft shooter, Horton grew exponentially last season by increasing his assist total to mirror that of his tallies. His plus/minus rating also improved to a plus-15, which will ensure enough confidence from coach Jacques Martin to increase the youngster’s ice time in key situations late in games. But most of all, Horton finally proved he can stay healthy. Dogged by shoulder and wrist injuries through his first several years as a pro, Horton played all 82 games in 2006-07. The pundits say the fourth year is fertile ground for a breakthrough season, so don't be surprised if Horton threatens the 80-point plateau.
Horton matured beautifully last season by putting up 28 goals, despite being mired in spells of inconsistancy typical of young power forwards. If he can stay relatively healthy for a second season in a row, 35-30-65 is easily within reach.
Panthers fans got a glimpse of how good Horton can be when he put up 14/8/22 in just 55 games during his rookie season. Unfortunately, they also saw how injury prone he can be when he missed the rest of the 2003-04 season and most of the 2004-05 season with shoulder injuries. With Florida stocking up on veteran depth, there is a slight chance the Panthers will shift Horton's development back to the AHL for a little while. If Horton proves up to it, he'll stick with the big club and play a prominent role. The future is very bright for Horton if he can stay healthy.
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Remains on long-term injured reserve
RWToronto Maple Leafs
January 29, 2017
Horton (back) remains on the Leafs' payroll, but his $5.3 million salary (through 2019-2020) does not count against the team's salary cap.
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Placed on injured reserve
RWToronto Maple Leafs
October 13, 2016
Horton (back) has been placed on injured reserve by the Maple Leafs, according to the NHL Media site.
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RWToronto Maple Leafs
September 17, 2015
Horton (back) failed his physical and will not be included on the Maple Leafs' training camp roster, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reports.
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Nathan Horton: (Back) Traded To Maple Leafs
RWToronto Maple Leafs
February 26, 2015
Horton (back) was traded to the Maple Leafs on Thursday in exchange for David Clarkson.
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Nathan Horton: (Back) Showing Progress
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
January 31, 2015
Horton (back) was in Columbus on Thursday to speak to the front office and hasn't yet given up on the possibility of playing again, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "There’s been some progress there. He is feeling a little better," president of hockey operations John Davidson said. "I don’t know what that means in the big picture, but he’s better now than he was earlier this season. His whole attitude was different — better — than the last time we saw him."
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