Nathan Horton making an impact with the Blue Jackets

Ian McLaren

Nathan Horton scored his 200th career goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, which served as the tying goal en route to a 3-2 win for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Only six games deep into his time with the club, Horton has registered four points (two goals, two assists), and the Blue Jackets have posted a record of 5-1-0 during that time. 

As a result, the team has crept up the Eastern Conference ladder; Columbus now sits two points back of the Philadelphia Flyers for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, as well as two points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card spot.

As the Puck Rakers blog asserts, Horton's goal got the team and the crowd going, and it was the kind of tally that lends understanding to the seven-year, $37.1-million contract that Columbus signed him to during the off-season. 

And with the Blue Jackets streaking as they are, one can only imagine what they might be able to do with this guy also in the lineup.