Since his drafting in 2003, Horton has done nothing to disappoint. He made the Florida Panthers NHL squad out of training camp in 2003 and was posting solid numbers (14 goals, 8 assists in 55 games) in his rookie campaign. He saw regular power play time, and with one of the better plus/minus ratings among Panther forwards, he showed that he was willing to pay attention to both ends of the ice. His season was cut short by a torn rotator cuff and a displaced bicep tendon in January.
Horton is a smooth skater for a big man and possesses a strong shot. He plays hard game in and game out and his high-energy game will continue to evolve as he gets stronger.