Some perspectives on O’Dell

Here are two links to what his hometown and home team papers wrote about Eric O’Dell today. I love the part about him going out to buy some Thrashers gear.

Ottawa Citizen

Sudbury Star

I’ve got to run to a meeting. More later.

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March 5th, 2009
2:14 pm

Hokie, here was a quote I put in the old blog that disappeared.

Hokie…..I agree with you on the franchise needing a “Face,” someone who is not on the ice but that can be in the front office. I know who that person is/could be…but he is going to be playing for a little while longer; I think Slava Kozlov would be the perfect choice.

Mike, I think the whole disappearing post thing happens if you try to add a new response around the same time you post a new blog.


March 5th, 2009
2:53 pm

Too bad O’Dell won’t be in a Thrasher uni until September 2010…


March 5th, 2009
2:57 pm

From the Sudbury article: “…O’Dell could get his first real NHL action quicker as a member of the Thrashers organization rather than trying to crack the deep Ducks roster.” Great, we have a small advantage in attracting the young players: “They suck so you can move up really quick.”

Serouosly, the kid just wants to make it and I’m sure the Thrash organization will do just fine as a place for him to start.


March 5th, 2009
2:58 pm

Wayne –> Oh, we will see him in camp this fall for a while.


March 5th, 2009
3:53 pm

Isn’t it funny how officially not one person from the organization has admitted this season that they are technically rebuilding…and yet in both of those articles, O’Dell said he was specifically told that he was being considered a part of the rebuilding process.

Huh, well, at least he didn’t run around screaming and crying for an hour after talking to a Thrashers scout. Players like that are becoming harder and harder to find.

Tony C.

March 5th, 2009
3:54 pm

I’m really intrigued by O’Dell I remember watching him during the WJC, and was impressed. I know it’s a horrendously long shot, but what if we got Tavares? We >could< eventually ice that same line (that netted the winning goals):


Not too shabby!


March 5th, 2009
4:37 pm




Turd Ferguson

March 5th, 2009
4:38 pm


Tony C.

March 5th, 2009
5:00 pm

Toby: I was thinking more along the lines of:



Stuart/Reasoner or Slater/Army


Tony C.

March 5th, 2009
5:01 pm

That would be after SlavaMatic retires obviously.


March 5th, 2009
5:34 pm

I’d like to see what he’s made of in camp this year. I fully expect him to go back to the OHL after camp, but seeing the kid would be good.


March 5th, 2009
6:10 pm

I don’t want us to rush young O’Dell into the starting lineup. We, apparently, have NOTHING BUT TIME to develop the talent. It’s not as if the ownership is holding some ultimatum over Don’s head. “Playoffs, or ELSE!” And if FUBAS did that, it’s “misplaced” at this point. Once you start the building project, you should see it through. Especially in this organization’s set of circumstances.

Look, the way I see things, like it or not, nothing is changing until 2011, when the lawsuit has run out of appeals. So, that’s how long the rebuilding project will take. With that in mind, “So what?” if it takes O’Dell until 2010 to crack the lineup. The point is, Waddell got a GOOD PROSPECT for our team. What would bother me, is if we traded O’Dell, for no darned good reason. I’m fine with O’Dell being traded, so long as a better player/prospect, who was “willing” to play here, were the return.

But for now, I’m very pleased with what Waddell accomplished vis-a-vis the Christensen trade. Look, I think Waddell should have been fired in 2002. But the reality is … he’s not going anywhere, as long as the AS, LLC is in charge. I wish that weren’t so. But it, ostensibly, is true. So, all I can do … as a Thrashers fan … is hope that the GM of our team … makes the right moves. What other “options” do I really have? I’m a hockey fan, who lives down south. I’m not a basketball guy. Baseball is a passing interest. I love the NFL, but I’ll always be a “hockey first” kind of fan, including how I’m most likely to spend my discretionary income, over the course of a decade.

I’m still hopping mad at FUBAS. I don’t think they deserve a penny of our money. But I do hope Waddell, or whomever is the GM, makes things better. And if this organization is sold to someone who’ll care for it, FANTASTIC. If Don Waddell actually fixes what he broke, I’ll be the first to give him credit for it. That’s my promise.

Dwayne Johnson

March 5th, 2009
7:00 pm

2010 Thrashers win the Cup with odell, tavares, kovy, bogo, pevs…etc. Miracle on Ice!!!!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 5th, 2009
7:19 pm

“I heard it’s a great organization over there and I’m just really excited right now.”

I’m curious who he heard that from? Perhaps the scout said it in the two minute phone call.


March 5th, 2009
8:59 pm

Don’s stockpiling prospects so that he can trade for some ageing vet with a fat salary and declining stats. remember Coburn/Zhitnik.

Don Waddell

March 5th, 2009
10:10 pm

I wish I had a brain

Bruce Levenson

March 5th, 2009
11:18 pm

I wish I had a plan. Luckily, I hired Don Waddell to come up with that. I think he’s doing a great job. Why tear it down?

Rutherford Seydell

March 5th, 2009
11:20 pm

You said it, partner! We’re doing ‘everything we can’ to bring home a Stanley Cup, right here, to Atlanta! Thank you, fans!

Steve Belkin

March 5th, 2009
11:38 pm

Make stendec GM and move ‘em to Hamilton.


March 6th, 2009
7:50 am

Tony C. –

Good call…I probably wouldn’t break up Pevs and Kovy. Maybe switching Little and Espo to spread experience?

It looks like the next big day for Thrasher fans is (once again) finding out the draft order. If we end in the bottom 3, when do we find out the order? Come on Tavares!!!!!


March 6th, 2009
9:09 am

I more like Sweden D-man. Second pick. Tavares will be in NYI for 100%.
Also O’Dell and Expo will be in Roster not soon as 2010/2011 season.
I real want to see a next season roster like that:
Kovy – Pever – Little (They got chemistry and speed together)
Slava – White – Someone should pick up on Summer (I like Max Afinogenov or Nik Zherdev)
Armi – Reasoner – Stuart (Great line to Kill Penalties and stop Offencive unit)
Boulton – Slater – Throrbun (We got lot of 4-th line players in Chicago)

Tobi – Bogus (keep them together rest of the season, let build a chemistry)
Hainsi – Ilia Nikulin (I hope he will sing with us next season. Kovy is his friend and Kovy is Captian)
Ex- Valabik – Oistrik – new Sweden D-man (we got lot of combination)

Kari – number One
Moose – back up, if Moose will not play good, trade him or put him on waiver and bring Pavs

It is going to be interesting team for next Season.

retard farts

March 6th, 2009
9:10 am

bart, you couldn’t be anymore wrong. DW traded Coburn because of pressure from ownership, pressure from fans, and pressure from Bob Hartley. We made the playoffs, you same people would be complaining that we haven’t yet..had those moves that year not been made. DW learned from it, I assure you.

Some of you see Coburn now and you quickly forget he stunk for us. You forget that Bob Hartley hated young players on his roster, and Zhitnik helped us get to the playoffs. His decline was the next year, the mistake DW made was signing him to an extension. All GM’s make mistakes in trading young players yet to prosper, DW isn’t the first and he won’t be the last. I am not defending DW, but plenty of people mix up the facts in regards to the Coburn/Zhitnik trade. DW made a panic move. He didn’t panic this deadline and he won’t panic again.

Why do some of you keep mentioning Crabb ? Putting him on the 4th line over Boulton ? Please don’t criticize DW ever again, when you hypothetically remove our Enforcer in an age where toughness is vital, because last time I checked..we aren’t very tough and a team like Philly who is very tough man-handles us. Do any of you actually watch playoff hockey ? You have to be tough to get there and don’t use the all-star team of the Wings as an example, they are the rare exception. I’d rather we build for bigger and stronger, because that has been our biggest flaw for a long time now. The small speedy team doesn’t work for us in our division. How can people not be cognizant of that ? Crabb doesn’t add that many intangibles, and he certainly doesn’t get a spot over our enforcer, yikes.


March 6th, 2009
9:12 am

Before you get too excited about what we have down in the Canadian Juniors, let us not forget we just traded Erik Christensen…a player who once scored 54 goals in a season at that same level. Don’t get me wrong, I like O’Dell’s spirit and he is saying all of the right things, but there is a world of difference between the levels, and many a Major Junior star has failed to even make it with the big boys.


March 6th, 2009
9:24 am

RF – I’d disagree with you about AZ helping us make the playoffs. It was Keith Tkachuk who made the difference. A big tough body down the middle that didn’t allow the opposing D men to join the rush as quickly. He also was a bruiser in front of the opponents net, and that gave room for the skill guys like Hossa and Kovy to work their magic. I remember that game against Montreal (I think it was his first home game as a Thrash) and he was a one man wrecking crew. He also worked with Kovy on his game at all practices. Zhitnik was a waste. I will agree with you that people are forgetting Coburn’s struggles here. But he hardly got a chance. It’s pretty common that the defense is the last of the players to transition fully to the NHL game.


March 6th, 2009
10:21 am

“Center Marty Reasoner said he would like to play in Atlanta long-term.”

I love this quote. Hopefully we see more of that from some of our guys like Armstrong and Peverley. Atlanta’s valuable players need to stay here, and we need to build around them and our stars (Kovalchuk, Bogosian, 1st round ‘09).


March 6th, 2009
10:24 am

I can’t believe people are still complaining about Braydon Coburn… who gives a crap… he’s a dime a dozen. The only reason he has good stats in Philly is because he has good forward support.

We gave up a first round pick to get him, and I wouldn’t give up a 1st round pick NOW to get him back.


March 6th, 2009
11:25 am


I agree that a second round pick is a long shot and EC HAD good stats back in the day, but he turned out to be a fail. IMHO, he was a wasted roster spot on our team. He may be a decent player for the Ducks, but didn’t at all perform over a Gwinnett Gladiator level here.

I say anytime you can pick up a top 3 rated offensive prospect from any given team for a constant healthy scratch, you jump to take it.


March 6th, 2009
1:22 pm

There are players out there … on better teams … languishing. “Some” of those players might say, “I don’t care how F’d up Atlanta is. If they’ll let me play 1st or 2nd line minutes, I’ll pack my bags for Atlanta tomorrow. ‘Cuz I’m d*mn sure not going to get them playing here.” In these situations, I think our market can benefit. That scenario has every outward sign of a player who wants to try hard, achieve, and be amenable to being in the Atlanta market. Hopefully, that’s what DWad can get, via trade or free agency, in the offseason.

I agree with Hokie. We can’t cry over Heatley, Savard, Hossa, Coburn forever and a day.


March 6th, 2009
3:33 pm

We can’t cry over Heatley, Savard, Hossa, Coburn forever and a day.

But they will be cried about until Waddell is ousted from his managerial position with the team. He’s the link to why those players are no longer here — with the exception of Heatley, whose situation was due to circumstances that all of us are aware of, and can’t possibly blame Waddell for.