Defenseman AND Forward
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01-18-2013, 11:09 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
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January 1965, the SC Champion Leafs were playing sub 500 hockey with a rash of injuries decimating the forward ranks. Imlach moved Horton up to Right Wing, where in 9 games he scored 7 (totaled 12 over the 64/65 season) goals (including short handed & 2 two goal outings) and 2 assists.... sure does make you wonder what he might have been capable of had he been converted way,
earlier, as out of Junior & the minors he was a rushing defenceman in the mold of Orr when Orr was knee high to a grasshopper. A serious injury & slow recovery however inhibited his skating abilities somewhat but still, an All Star Defenceman throughout his career. But as the ultimate Power Forward, he could well have been in Hull's range of Superstar Status Im sure.
I can't see Horton being an offensive superstar unless he found a solution to his terrible eyesight.
As a winger he must have been a real "tunnel vision" type. Pass him the puck and he's driving to the net and shooting - you aren't getting it back.
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