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Atlanta Thrashers Preview 2010-2011 Written by GM Heald - November 2nd, 2010


In last years season preview, the GM of the Thrashers declared the defence had been shored up to the point that they “will certainly allow fewer goals than last year” Mission accomplished...they gave up 5 fewer goals. Unfortunately that total focus on giving up fewer goals distracted the team from putting the puck in the opponents net and the Thrashers ended up scoring 20 fewer goals in S6 than S5...that is not good.

So, heading into S7 the team has addressed both the defensive issues of the past and the offensive ineptitude that crept into the squad last season.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin ended S6 with pretty weak point totals and the organization in general had few options for immediate scoring help. However, during the offseason, both Daniel and Henrik won the lottery and opted to improve their skills via the NHL re-rate magic potion available from the league. Now, these 2 brothers are primed to bust out with career years and lead this team to a place they have not visited in ages, the playoffs. We know, that’s hard to imagine.


Brought in to help spread the scoring over two lines were Mason Raymond, 25 years old, blazing speed and a gifted offensive player. Tomas Vanek, 26 years old, coming off a down year but possesses magical hands and a nose for the net. Jonathan Cheechoo, 29 years old, a veteran with something to prove in a top 6 role. All 3 of these players were unwanted by their previous team and all have the chance to have career years playing alongside the Sedins...but who will grab the opportunity?

Travis Zajac will anchor the 2nd line with two of the aforementioned wingers and the Thrashers coaching staff expects he will improve upon a disappointing S6. Zajac was a tragic -20 last year and only accounted for 40 points in a full season of play. All aspects of Zajac’s play must improve for the team to succeed.


The defence has only 2 returnees from last year, Alexander Edler and Dan Girardi. Both are slick offensive players and should be able to run the PP and move the puck to the scoring forwards. Chris Phillips was acquired to be the monster shutdown guy that many successful team in the CMHL have. Phillips is great defensively, can make crisp outlet passes and will lay out a lot of punishing hits during the course of the year. Matt Walker will also be asked to crash and bang his 229lb body against many of the top scoring threats in the league. Carlo Colaiacovo and Francis Boullion have been added to the group to play a simple game by taking the body and get the puck up to the forwards.

In net the thrashers have arguably the best goaltender they have ever had in Martin Brodeur. His name alone conjures up images of stability and success. The entire organization had a communal orgasm when he was acquired and hopefully Brodeur can do what he needs to do to get the Thrashers into the playoff mix.


With some explosive offensive players and a steady, not spectacular, defensive corps the Atlanta franchise from top to bottom is excited about how this team performs in S7. Here is what he opening night line combinations *might* look like:

Sedin - Sedin – Raymond

Cheechoo – Zajac – Vanek

Schaefer – Pouliot – Sutherby

Asham – Fraser – Reich


Go Thrashers!

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Could the Thrashers make the playoffs? I think so!!

Written By: habsfan93 (2010-11-02 17:27:25)

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