2008/09 NHL Southeast Divison Standings Preview
2008/09 Atlanta Thrashers Season Preview
5. Atlanta Thrashers Season Preview
A bit of a shock here but after losing key players in Marian Hossa and Mark Recchi matched with their goaltending issues I don’t see this team being very competitive this year.
Ilya Kovalchuk is the only name that catches your eye when it comes to Atlanta’s forwards. Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen will be looked upon to make up some of the secondary scoring. Vyacheslav Kozlov took a big step backwards last year and Jason Williams is a fast two-way player but struggled with injuries last season. Bryan Little seems to be the only bright spot when it comes to their younger forwards.
Their defence isn’t bad but their top players are offensive minded with Tobias Enstrom, Mathieu Schneider and Ron Hainsey. Garnet Exelby and Niclas Havelid supply the steady defensive play and Nathan Oystrick is an unknown and will look to translate his solid AHL numbers to NHL this season. Zach Bogosian will be a great defenceman in the future but wont play a big part this season unless they run into injury issues.
Goal is their biggest issue. So far Kari Lehtonen hasn’t lived up to potential and Johan Hedberg is a good goalie, but not good enough if you want to challenge for the playoffs.
Their lack of high quality forwards and unstability in net will have this team cheering on their buddies in the playoffs this year.