Fantasy analysis: Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell traded by Florida to Boston for Dennis Wideman, the 15th overall pick and a third rounder in 2011.
The Panthers get: an inconsistent and one-dimensional defenseman who is overrated by some of the higher ups in the NHL, judging by his $3.75 million contract, and by the fact that he was part of a package for a player such as Horton. The 15th overall draft pick we have as Dylan McIlrath, a defenseman - but it could land Florida a Vladimir Tarasenko or even a Jeff Skinner.
The Bruins get: a player with huge potential who really is on the cusp of busting loose. With gifted teammates, like he has now, Horton could be an 85-point player. They also get a solid defensive forward in Campbell, who at times has displayed a knack for providing offense in little hot streaks.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Wideman may have been on the outs in Boston, just like he was in St. Louis. Now he has a fresh start in Florida and it will be at least two years before he on the outs there. A revisit to 50 points won't happen, but 45 is possible. His arrival will hurt Keith Ballard's shot at getting on the top power play, and it may slow Dmitri Kulikov from taking as big a step as he might have otherwise. That's probably for the better, as far as development goes. With Horton out of the way, Michal Frolik will have a bigger role. Ditto for Shawn Matthias, who you might see finally take that step.
If Horton can stay healthy, which he has not over the last two years, he'll have a career season. Think big. Bigger than 70 points big. His presence will also help Boston's pivots. Marc Savard, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron will all get a boost. Barring another trade, this will spell the end for another rebound year out of Michael Ryder. It won't happen, unless the team moves him or Marco Sturm.
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