Horton might be just what Pens need

Draft prospect Nate Horton has a mean streak to go along with impressive skills and powerful shot.

Updated: June 18, 2003, 11:32 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Going off projections and rankings of the top prospects for the 2003 NHL entry draft, center Nathan Horton would be nice consolation prize at third overall or lower on Saturday at Nashville, Tenn.

The 6-2, 201-pound 18-year-old for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League isn't getting as much attention as center Eric Staal or goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, but Horton isn't far behind because of the mean streak he brings along with impressive skills and powerful shot.

"I'm a power forward," Horton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I'm not just a scorer. I can go out there and hit people, go around them, make stuff happen. I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I think a team can take a chance on me with the No. 1."