You might not have noticed it, but Tobias Enstrom got a promotion Tuesday night. He played the point opposite Ilya Kovalchuk on the No. 1 one power play unit, the one with Slava Kozlov, Todd White and Bryan Little. It’s partly a recognition of Enstrom’s offensive ability. It’s also a change for Ron Hainsey, who remains on the power play but with the second unit.
“Ron’s been playing very well but just struggling offensively a bit,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said Wednesday. “It will just take some of the pressure off him a little bit to kind of regroup.”
Hainsey hasn’t scored since Dec. 2 but has five assists in the last seven games. He used to lead the team in time on ice and now ranks second to Enstrom, with Enstrom at 22 minutes, 58 seconds and Hainsey at 22:46.