The comparisons between Nathan Horton and Jarome Iginla were inevitable.

Horton's decision to spurn the Boston Bruins' advances and leave for the Columbus Blue Jackets during the offseason left the Bruins without a power forward to combine with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. For three years including the Stanley Cup championship season of 2011 Krejci Lucic and Horton were practically inseparable and almost always a handful for opponents to contain.

The Bruins and the 36-year-old Iginla soon found out they had mutual interest in a one-year deal and instantly everyone expected Iginla to replace Horton. Bruins coach Claude Julien has so far fulfilled those expectations by keeping that new line together through two days of training camp.
"Yeah I've enjoyed it the last couple days skating with them for sure" Iginla said after practice Friday at TD Garden. "They are great players and they have a great chemistry together. I'd like to play with them and help them out and yeah as far building chemistry it's just time together and learning where guys like pucks where you go getting used to talking to each other and where you find each other. And just really getting used to tendencies. I've enjoyed the first couple days playing with them and looking forward to more and when we actually get into a game if that's the case."

Comparisons aren't just for sportswriters. It didn't take long for Krejci and Lucic to feel like they were back together with Horton albeit an incarnation of Horton that has a resume featuring more than 500 NHL goals and two 50-plus-goal seasons.

"Yeah they're both strong players who don't shy away" Lucic said. "They obviously you know Jarome I think he's a two-time 50-goal scorer 500-plus goals and he's got a great shot. And you know he's able to find those areas and put himself in scoring positions. With a guy like our centerman David Krejci who's got such great playmaking skill hopefully it can help make things easier for him jumping into our line. And again he's shown over the years that he is a competitor and he wants to win and that's definitely all our goals heading into this year."