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Atlanta Thrashers - A Mid-Season Review Written by habsfan93 - January 19th, 2009

Its been a roller coaster season for the Atlanta Thrashers. Among the league's best in the preseason, there were rumblings that the Thrashers had a real shot at the postseason for the first time since Season 2. Some missteps have left that conclusion with less certainty but half a season remains, and the Thrashers are not far behind.

The Thrashers started strong, going 6-3-1 in 10 preseason games, with both Joffrey Lupul and Ladislav Nagy sitting atop the preseason scoring chart with 17 points apiece in those 10 games. Things carried over well into the start of the regular season. The Thrashers opened the year at home with a 2-1 win over division rival, the Carolina Hurricanes. They went on to win 6 of their next 10, repeating the preseason success they had shown.

Then something went horribly wrong. The Thrashers proceeded to lose 11 of their next 13 games. This author believes it can be traced back to a specific event. On November 6th, one game into the dreaded 13 game personal hell, the Thrashers made a deal with another division rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Feeling they were lacking secondary scoring behind Lupul and Nagy, the Thrashers dealt three defencemen (Alzner, Sauer and McGillis) and Fernando Pisani for Radek Bonk and Richard Zednik. Would the Thrashers be in a better spot overall if this deal had not been made? Perhaps. Could the Thrashers really afford to give up such depth on D? Perhaps not. No one will know for sure. Bonk and Zednik remain with the team, and have performed adequately if not underachievingly, each hovering around or above a point per two games.

GM Simon didn't give up though. He dug his feet into the ground and worked with the team he had to try and right the ship. And sure enough things have been looking up in Atlanta. The Thrashers have now only lost 4 of their last 16 games. Even with this remarkable turnaround, they are still only on the cusp of the playoffs, battling for one of the final spots in a surprisingly deep Eastern Conference. If they can continue to play this way, they will be difficult to keep out of the top 8. The turnaround comes down to some key acquisitions. In an effort to provide more balanced scoring, GM Simon shipped out top scorer Joffrey Lupul along with the developing Jiri Hudler for the Sedin twins. He also brought in the highly underrated Derek Armstrong.

The club is looking good. Ladislav Nagy continues to sit in the top 30 in league scoring. He was rewarded for his play with an All-Star berth. Boyd Devereaux stepped up his game and now leads the team with 17 goals, tied with brother Daniel. And Olaf Kolzig continues to provide steady netminding, keeping his team in every game. Yes, like I said, things are looking up in Atlanta.

Oh, and did I mention that False Creek continues to tear it up in the ICHF. Yes, that's right, GM Simon was given the nod as All-Star GM for the ICHF Eastern Conference because of the team's play. Congratulations Simon!


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