Power play gets tweak

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.

11 comments Add your comment

Midfield

February 25th, 2009
7:05 pm

Yeah, Ron. Shot selection has been struggling a bit. No kidding.

jake

February 25th, 2009
10:56 pm

Good to see Enstrom score short-handed, but the Avs figured him out and intercepted a couple of his passes on the power play. Obviously he needs work if he’s going to contribute on the power play.

Brendan

February 25th, 2009
11:41 pm

Over the last few weeks, our short-handed tallies have picked up, after being ice cold all year. I honestly couldn’t tell you where the Thrashers PP unit ranks among the 30 teams. I really stopped tracking such things around Thanksgiving, when developing prospects became more important than getting W’s and points. But if Atlanta has shown some improvement on the PP, then great! I hope it continues. And more specifically, I hope Toby Enstrom’s rest of the season will go more like his rookie campaign.

I saw Marian Hossa got tagged tonight in the Sharks game. He had to leave the game. Probably, it was retaliation for the hit Cleary put on a defenseless Joe Thornton. Those things have to be answered.

GSU-Lee

February 26th, 2009
9:20 am

Hossa’s a baby though. Really is. And from a guy who’s literally been to hundreds of Thrasher games, I got to sit on the glass for the first time the other night against the Avs….wow..I don’t know if I can ever sit anywhere else now. Unreal how fast the game is when you are that close…and the Kovy slap shot looks like lightning off his stick

Dan Laroushe

February 26th, 2009
9:43 am

Hossa is a little girl when he tries and we should trade Kovy for Gretzky.

exSTH

February 26th, 2009
10:16 am

Enstrom on the PP is not a good move. For some reason, this season, Enstrom doesn’t shoot the puck when Kovy is on the ice. Every time he touches the puck on any PP he ALWAYS looks to Kovy first (and teams have picked up on this). If Anderson wants him on the PP, he better tell him he expects him to shoot, shoot, shoot!

MB

February 26th, 2009
10:39 am

exSTH, I think it’s fair to say that all the Thrashers look first to Kovy on the PP, which may seem like the obvious thing, but it’s not always the best thing. Think back a few games when Christensen had to basically be goaded into shooting on the PP by the guys on the bench. Lo and behold, he’s able to walk it in and beat the goalie, who was cheating to Kovy’s side. EC really, really wanted to get the puck over to Cap, but the D was cheating that way, too. Obviously #17 is a great weapon to have on the PP, but if he becomes your ONLY weapon, you’ve significantly weakened your man advantage.

Smoothie

February 26th, 2009
10:40 am

I’d really like to see Bogey get some PP time in the last month of the season. The one thing that we are sorely lacking at the blueline in that situation is a right-handed shot. It’s much harder for Toby and Ron to keep pucks in along the right boards on clearing attempts as they have to switch to their backhands, which takes a costly split-second more time and makes it harder to handle due to the curve of the stick…probably not so much a problem for Toby though who doesn’t seem to use much curve.

exSTH

February 26th, 2009
10:58 am

MB, I agree with your point exactly. Coach A needs to tell the whole PP to ALL shoot more. The entire league is keying on Kovy. My point was that E telegraphs his intentions to ALWAYS look for Kovy. Imagine what the PP would be like if the entire unit let the opposing team drift over to Kovy and they took the shot themselves?!? You gave a perfect example of this in regards to EC. I also would like to see Bogo on the 1st line of the PP….he knows when to shoot! and has a great shot.

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

I see LaVallee was sent back to Chicago… does that mean Slater is back?

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 6th, 2009
4:27 am

I’m not so sure