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8 Nathan Horton RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/229 | Birthdate: 5/29/1985 | Birthplace: Welland, Ontario, Canada | Team: Columbus Blue Jackets | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 52/22 | Average Draft Position: 183.15
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4/11/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Out Six Weeks

News: Nathan Horton underwent abdominal surgery Friday morning and will be out six weeks.
Analysis: Outside of a brief appearance in Tuesday's game, Nathan Horton has been sidelined since late March with a lower-body injury, and it is now apparent that he was dealing with an abdominal issue. This is a tough blow for the Blue Jackets just ahead of the playoffs, but the team has considerable experience playing without him, as he missed the first three months of the season with a shoulder injury. Horton has an outside shot to return during the postseason if the Blue Jackets advance far enough.

4/9/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Out For Wednesday

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Stars, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton returned to the lineup Tuesday, but only made it one shift into the second period before being shut down for the rest of the game. The news that he'll miss Wednesday's contest is highly discouraging, since it suggests that he aggravated whatever lower body injury was nagging him before. This does set him up to be the answer to a very odd trivia question though. Wednesday's game is the replay of one from March 10 that ended early in the first period due to Rich Peverley's collapse, but Horton's goal from a month ago will still count and the Jackets will begin a full game up 1-0. As a result, Horton will become the first player to ever score a goal in a game for which he didn't dress. Keep a close eye on his status as the Jackets continue to fight for a playoff spot.

4/8/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Expected To Play Tuesday

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) is expected to play Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: His return couldn't come at a better time, with both Nick Foligno and RJ Umberger sidelined for the Blue Jackets' kick to the finish line. Nathan Horton, who last played on March 29, has recorded a modest 17 points in 34 games this season, but assuming the Blue Jackets qualify for the playoffs, they'll have a proven postseason asset on hand with the veteran forward, who has 36 points in 43 career playoff games.

4/7/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton May Play Tuesday

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Nathan Horton, who last suited up on March 29, has been limited to 17 points in 34 games for the Blue Jackets to date, but it looks like he may be able to return to action in time for the team's final playoff push this week.

4/6/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Out Indefinitely

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) was set to take part in a solo skate Sunday morning, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton doesn't appear close to resuming practice with his team, an indication he's out indefinitely. This late in the regular season, it would seem unlikely that Horton is worth hanging on to for fantasy owners, as it wouldn't be surprising if he missed the team's final handful of games.

4/4/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Still Sidelined

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) did not take the ice for pregame warmups Friday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton is in line to miss a third consecutive game, leaving Jared Boll to fill in again. Though he wasn't officially ruled out, there was never any indication that Horton had a shot to play.

4/2/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Won't Play Thursday

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) will not travel with the team to Philadelphia, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton missed a bunch of games to begin the season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, and will now miss his second in a row with a lower-body ailment. Jared Boll is expected to fill in for Horton again Thursday against the Flyers.

3/31/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Sidelined Tuesday

News: Nathan Horton (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Avs, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: For now, we'll consider Nathan Horton day-to-day, but the report suggests that the forward could miss time beyond Tuesday as well.

3/11/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Notches Two Assists

News: Nathan Horton picked up a pair of assists and went plus-1 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Detroit.
Analysis: He hadn't posted a multi-point game since back on Feb. 1, and despite this nice night, he continues to largely stay quiet on the offensive end -- Nathan Horton's taken one or zero shots on goal in five consecutive games. It'll be far better to own him next year, once he's fully recovered from his shoulder issues. While we're at it, we'll also note that Horton's goal from Monday's postponed game against the Stars will stand in the stats column. The teams will replay the game with three 20-minute periods, but Columbus will start with a 1-0 lead.

3/10/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Still Bothered By Shoulder

News: Nathan Horton admitted that his left shoulder is still weaker than his right, and is sore when it takes contact, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: He hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 24, and the Blue Jackets' big free-agent signing has just four goals and nine assists in 24 games since getting back on the ice following his shoulder surgery. He likely won't be the player the club thought they were getting until he's had a full offseason to heal, so you may want to look at other options if you've currently got Nathan Horton in your active lineup.

2/1/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton: First Multi-Point Game Of Season

News: Nathan Horton recorded his first multi-point game of the season Saturday when he set up two goals in a win over Florida.
Analysis: He's actually gone four games without a point, so it's nice to see him back on the board. He now has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 15 games.

1/6/2014

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Notches Assist

News: Nathan Horton picked up his first assist of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Nathan Horton has played in three games now, and notched two points. His minutes have also increased, which is encouraging.

1/3/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Scores In First Game Back

News: Nathan Horton, who finally made his season debut Thursday after missing three months with a shoulder injury, opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the second period, and the tally held up as the game-winner.
Analysis: This night was a long time coming, and Nathan Horton and the Jackets must be feeling great about their offseason marriage now. The veteran winger skated just 14:47 on Thursday, but should see his minutes ramp up as he works his way into midseason form.

1/2/2014

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Activated From IR

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) was officially activated from injured reserve Thursday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: As expected, Nathan Horton will be active Thursday for his Blue Jackets debut. The 28-year-old has been out since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery after putting up 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in his final year in Boston.

1/2/2014

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Nathan Horton

Horton To Make Columbus Debut Thursday

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) will make his Blue Jackets debut Thursday against the Coyotes, Fox Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer reports.
Analysis: The Blue Jackets signed Nathan Horton to a multi-year contract during the offseason, but he has been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery shortly after signing in July. It's not clear what role Horton will fill right off, but as the team's highest-paid player, he figures to eventually find a home on the Blue Jackets' top line.

12/29/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton (Shoulder) Could Debut This Week

News: Nathan Horton could make his anticipated return from shoulder surgery some time this week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton's preparation has increased of late, as he eyes a return from shoulder surgery. The winger is just clearing the final hurdles of his rehab and could possibly make his season debut Tuesday at Colorado or Thursday in Phoenix.

12/29/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Still Dealing With Pain In His Shoulder

News: Nathan Horton is expected to travel with the Blue Jackets on next week's road trip, but says he's still experiencing some pain and soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: This isn't a huge concern, as lingering soreness often accompanies the final stages of rehab. There's still no definite timetable for Nathan Horton's return, but he's expected to make his Jackets debut some time in the next couple of weeks.

12/26/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Nearing Season Debut

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) is expected to make his season debut at some point in early January, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full-contact practices and has increased the intensity of his weightlifting within the last week, indicating that the finish line could be near for the forward in his recovery from shoulder surgery. While he won't be available when the Blue Jackets resume play Friday against the Devils, it doesn't sound like it will take much longer before Horton's ready to go. Coach Todd Richards said he wasn't certain where Horton would play once he returns, but given the investment the Jackets made in the offseason, it seems likely he'd assume a top-six role right away.

12/20/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Dons Regular Jersey At Practice

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) skated in a regular jersey at practice Friday, Dan Kamal of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Analysis: With Nathan Horton seemingly ready for full-contact work, he appears to be nearing the finish line in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Horton will still need some time to get up to speed after being sidelined for multiple months, but he looks to be on track to return shortly after Christmastime.

12/16/2013

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Likely Out Through Christmas

News: Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said that Nathan Horton (shoulder) is getting closer but isn't expected back before Christmas, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "So we're getting close to (days rather than weeks)," Richards said. "It's tough to narrow down a specific date, but I can pretty confidently tell you that it won't be before Christmas."
Analysis: Nathan Horton remains without a specific timetable, leaving a January return as the most likely scenario. Late December hasn't ruled out, but that would probably be pushing it.

11/25/2013

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Placed On Long-Term IR

News: The Blue Jackets placed Nathan Horton on long-term injured reserve last week, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton does not have a timetable for his return and the Blue Jackets are in need of cap space, so they decided to move Horton to the longer of the two IR options to free up some money. The LTIR placement should not affect Horton's return, as it seems likely he will miss at least a couple more weeks.

11/24/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Skates With Non-Contact Jersey

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) skated with a non-contact jersey during Sunday's practice.
Analysis: A timetable for Nathan Horton's return to game action remains uncertain, but he cleared one of the first major hurdles on his road back Sunday. He'll need to log several contact practices before he's cleared to play, so his return should not be considered imminent.

11/18/2013

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Still Without Timetable

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) isn't close to returning and still doesn't have a timetable, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton's recovery has gone a bit slower than expected, and a November return can almost certainly be ruled out. The report hints at a January return, though nothing about that is definitive. What's clear is that Horton will miss a few more weeks, at the very least.

11/15/2013

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Nathan Horton

Blue Jackets' Horton Increases Activities

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) has added moderate shooting activities to his rehab workload, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton said he's been shooting for the past three days, but it's probably not worth getting excited about him entering the lineup until he's taking shots at full strength and has completed his conditioning work. It could still take awhile for Horton to gain full functionality in his shoulder after undergoing surgery in the summer, so expect the Blue Jackets to evaluate Horton carefully over the next couple of weeks before issuing a firmer timetable.

11/6/2013

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Nathan Horton

Jackets' Horton Skates

News: Nathan Horton (shoulder) skated Wednesday for the first time since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Dan Kamal of FoxSports Ohio reports.
Analysis: Nathan Horton is still a long way away from a return, but it's certainly a good sign that he was finally able to return to the ice. He also underwent an MRI on Wednesday, and we should have a timetable for his return when the results are released.