Monday, January 14, 2013
No limitations for Horton
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton has no limitations and he’s been able to participate in contact drills during the first two days of training camp.
It’s been almost a full calendar year since Horton suffered his second concussion in a seven-month span on Jan. 22, 2012. He was 100 percent healthy and prepared to start the season last September, but the lockout allowed him extra rest and he’s not experiencing any post-concussion symptoms.
“I’m not even thinking about it, if I get hit,” Horton said after Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “It doesn’t bother me.”
Horton has been skating on the team’s top line again, alongside center David Krejci and winger Milan Lucic.
“I’m glad he’s back and we can get the type of player when he was [healthy],” Krejci said.
Prior to his head injury last January, he had recorded 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 46 games, and he wasn’t even playing his best hockey. Now that he’s healthy, the Bruins expect a strong season from Horton.
“When he’s on his game, and he’s a big body, he can skate for his size and he can certainly shoot the puck,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.