Tuesday, September 7, 2010
2010-11 Preview: Atlanta Thrashers
2010-11 Prediction 13th Eastern Conference
The Atltanta Thrashers roster experienced major changes between the trade deadline last season and now. F Ilya Kovalchuk was shipped off to New Jersey after turning down a huge deal to stay as the face of this franchcise. Other players of note that have departed are F's Slava Kozlov, Maxim Afinogenov, and Colby Armstrong. While the Thrash do not appear to have gained a glut of talent, they definitely got tougher. Add to the lineup guys like D Brent Sopel and F's Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, and Dustin Byfuglien. Goaltending would appear to be the biggest question mark for this squad, with veteran Chris Mason battling 19 year old Ondrej Pavelec. Aside from Byfuglien and his exciting two-way play, the highlight of this team figures to be Evander Kane. Unfortunately for him, the rebuild in Atlanta doesn't appear to have provided him with many players near his talent level.
Player to Watch: C/W Evander Kane