Wilson to play tonight

Defenseman Clay Wilson, called up from Chicago yesterday, makes his Thrashers debut tonight against the Washington Capitals. Nathan Oystrick will be scratched to make room in the lineup. My guess would be that Wilson plays alongside Garnet Exelby, leaving the Ron Hainsey-Boris Valabik and Tobias Enstrom-Zach Bogosian pairings intact, but Thrashers coach John Anderson left his options open in his interview after the morning skate.

Oystrick has had a couple of tough games lately, but Anderson went out of his way to say he was sitting Oystrick because he had to sit someone and not because of anything Oystrick did.

Wilson has played 12 career NHL games, including five this season for Columbus. He came to the Thrashers along with a sixth round pick in a January trade for Jason Williams.

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GaVaHokie

April 7th, 2009
11:49 am

First…

Is Pavelec definitely in tonight?

GaVaHokie

April 7th, 2009
12:25 pm

Wow… snow fall in April… that’s surely a sign of a Clay Wilson hat trick and a Ondrej Pavelec shutout… right?

sisu

April 7th, 2009
12:27 pm

So any news on Salmela? I wonder if he will be here next season?

B. Thenet

April 7th, 2009
1:29 pm

Poor Ron Hainsey

Smoothie

April 7th, 2009
2:16 pm

Here is some additional conversation fodder in the form of statistical presentation. Specifically, I have compiled all of our defensemen’s stats since “the turning point” (1/14) when Kovy was named el Capitan and Peverley was claimed off waivers. I guess you could say that Bogosian’s return from Chicago is part of the turning point after looking at this sample of stats:

Player Name GP G A PTS +/- ATOI

Enstrom 36 4 16 20 + 9 24:21
Bogosian 35 7 8 15 +14 19:09
Hainsey 35 0 14 14 + 1 21:30
Exelby 26 0 2 2 + 3 16:20
Oystrick 18 1 2 3 +10 15:06
Valabik 22 0 0 0 – 8 16:01**
Salmela 9 1 2 3 E 17:31
**Valabik hasn’t played as much recently, but it is interesting to note that he is a -10 in his last 12 games.

Oystrick has got to be the biggest surprise on this list as he is often paired with XLB, whom many on here think should not be playing even 3rd pairing minutes. The bigger problem is our 2nd pairing of either Hainsey / Valabik or Hainsey / Salmela as they are a combined -7 over this stretch of 36 games.

Keep in mind that during the 36 games stretch with Peverley in the fold, the Thrashers are 15 – 10 – 1 with an overall +5 goal differential. I have not done the math to see what their ES goal differential is in that time. However, I would be willing to guess that it is somewhere in the neighborhood of + 8 to + 12 considering PPGA has been a consistent bugaboo with this club.

One last interesting tidbit is that Enstrom is a whopping + 12 since Havelid was traded to NJD and he was paired with Z-Bo. Really no surprise that Toby’s offensive game has been resurrected since then, but to see that he is a +12 over that time is truly eye-popping.

Tony C.

April 7th, 2009
2:48 pm

poor Ron Hainsey??? Did I miss something? Last I checked dude is cashing checks with three places to the left of the comma every couple of weeks.

NASCAR Dave

April 7th, 2009
3:00 pm

Let’s keep on winning and play ourselves out of a Lottery Pick…. What will de DONNIE FRAUDELL’s excuse THEN??? LOL

NASCAR Dave

April 7th, 2009
3:01 pm

We overpaid for HAINSEY. We should’ve kept the money and just called up VALABIK/OYSTRICK/LEWIS…

GaVaHokie

April 7th, 2009
3:38 pm

Hey Knobs… I meant to point this out from a few blogs ago….

“All three Thrashers-Sabres games this season have gone to overtime. If this one does, keep an eye on who scores the game-winning goal. The last two Thrashers to score the deciding goal against Buffalo are no longer with the team: Jason Williams in overtime and Brett Sterling in the shootout”…

Kovalchuk, obviously got the OT goal in the last game. ;)

kracker

April 7th, 2009
4:02 pm

Remember the cap floor, Dave. Not that I agree about Hainsey otherwise.

Tony C.

April 7th, 2009
4:38 pm

Eh. I think I’d like to see him on the rush more often, rather than carrying the puck up ice… Y’all know what I mean attacking…we saw that Hainsey’s 1st month, but as the season’s gone on, we see less and less of it.

Smoothie

April 7th, 2009
5:03 pm

To follow up the statistical summary provided above, here is the rundown on PP goals scored versus PP goals against since January 14th (since Peverley & Capt Kovy):

1/14 – 1/31 (3 – 5 – 0): 2 for 24 on PP; 5 (goals allowed) for 31 on PK

February (6 – 5 – 1): 11 for 51 on PP (21.6%); 16 for 56 on PK (71.4%)

Mar & Apr (11 – 5 – 0): 15 for 84 on PP (17.9%); 17 for 81 on PK (79%)

Also, please be advised that I should have typed above that our record over the last 36 games has been 20 – 15 – 1. Looking at the PP trends, it seems pretty evident that success on the PK has been much more important than our mild run of success on the PP in Feb. Over the 36 games, our PP success rate has only been 17.6% while our PK kill rate has been 77.4%.

Even during this run of “success”, the Thrashers have not been all that stellar in either phase of special teams. They are a much better team at even strength as evidenced by the goal differential of +15 over that stretch of time. In March, they won 9 games despite only scoring 1 more PP goal than their opponents collectively.

Smoothie

April 7th, 2009
5:09 pm

Another edit: the +15 goal differential cited above is at even strength over the last 36 games.

Unfortunately, the Thrashers have allowed 10 more PP goals than what they have scored with the man advantage over that time.

And the number of PP opportunties for is outstripped by the PP opps given up by only 9. That alone tells a pretty big story as to what has kept the Thrashers from being playoff caliber.

NASCAR Dave

April 7th, 2009
5:52 pm

BORIS is definitely ready to stay in the NHL…

NASCAR Dave

April 7th, 2009
5:54 pm

“That alone tells a pretty big story as to what has kept the Thrashers from being playoff caliber.”

Same with winning games on Home Ice. That’s why the HAWKS are where they are at, and the THRASHERS are where they are at… One team Wins their home games and makes the playoffs, the other team loses their home games and watches the playoffs on TV, like they have for 9 out of 10 seasons in their 10 year history.

Just sayin’ :)

Jameson

April 7th, 2009
7:04 pm

Hokie- Is it too much to ask for both?

stendec

April 7th, 2009
7:55 pm

I have watched hockey for over 50 years. Two of the worst goaltender frauds I have ever seen both wear Thrasher uniforms. The most untalented piece of shet – bar none – is Kari Letemin. The brainless idiots who want this untalented scumball signed to a lengthy contract are begging for dismal efforts such as those early in the season. For years to come. The Finn will never mature. The sieve will never get better. The quitter will never achieve his potential which was questionable anyway. When things get too rough he will incur another mysterious malady. Those sure are damn convenient. I thought fans wanted to HELP the team not HURT it. Evidently not Thrasher fans. Pavs can go back to Illinois. Total loser. No discipline. A trio of first period marshmallow goals on home ice. I do not give a damn HOW young he is. Why not start that other guy who was first brought up? Could not have fared any worse. Ilya Kovalchuk is a fair player but misfires on too many damn open shots. The captain connects on those and he lifts his team not sinks it. Nothing to look forward to next season but even more disheartening defeats. Hope Thrashers are in another location for 2009-10 campaign. Will not be missed. Not one damn bit. Thanks for all the anguish uncaring quitters! Enjoy the off season counting all your ill gotten gains.

mknobler

April 7th, 2009
8:30 pm

GaVaHokie Thanks for pointing that out. Let’s see if Kovalchuk can break that streak. :-)

BTW, those of you who can’t get enough of the dancing Ovechkin shown on the scoreboard Tuesday night should look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK1yeT1f2jg.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
8:42 pm

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=31266&navid=DL|NHL|Home

Hokie — I figured you’d like the mock pick for the Thrashers, as chosen by Eastern Conference scouts.

Looking ahead to the draft, it’s going to suck if Tampa Bay wins the runner-up prize of Hedman. Their owners might suck and be too hands-on, but at least they care and are willing to spend big money…now they’ll have another top tier prospect in the bag.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:25 pm

Pavs cannot stop a damn beach ball. Ilya Kovalchuk missed a MINIMUM of six open shots. Another shet uneffort in Loseland. Another unacceptable mail-in debacle by a totally heartless group of uncaring quitters. Hamilton never did anything to us but…All is fair when it comes to ditching worthless sports franchises. Few are as completely useless as this one. Worst damn power play in history of sport. Hell, just cover Russian at point. Power play solved. Hear that John Petrino? Lose out you damn oxygen wastes.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:31 pm

See that smile on Pavs face as he left ice? Hell, if losing does not bother them why should it bother us. GO CAPS!

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:38 pm

Damn announcers sound like team just won damn Stanley Cup. Great effort? They lost to a marginally talented team by two goals on home ice! Great effort my a##! Wipe the shet off your lips boys. Too much damn butt kissing will do that to you. These two brainless jerks need to grow some! Barf.

Tony C.

April 7th, 2009
9:41 pm

I want Kane or Duschene.

JAmes_kovyboy

April 7th, 2009
9:43 pm

JAmes_kovyboy

April 7th, 2009
9:46 pm

i dunno if the link worked, but its mock draft that says were #4 and we take Paajarvi

On D if we can get Nikulin, it would be awesome

Brendan

April 7th, 2009
10:26 pm

Colorado is tanking badly. Don’t count the Avs out of the Hedman sweepstakes just yet.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
10:59 pm

Colorado has a game in hand and is tied, points wise, with Tampa Bay. I would say Tampa has the inside track at this point.

Tampa also lost tonight…so it’s possible (though not likely) that Colorado earns a point against San Jose in their game (tied 0-0 currently).

mknobler

April 7th, 2009
11:00 pm

If you weren’t at the game, you owe it to yourself to look at this:
http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=656&id=39054

OK, now for the serious stuff:

Ondrej Pavelec had a rough first period, but it was mostly his teammates’ fault. He did a good job of putting it behind him and playing strong the rest of the way. “In the first period we were playing pond hockey with one of the most talented teams in the National Hockey League,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “We can’t take a period and play a no hitter and expect to win against that team.”

Clay Wilson in 14:51 of his first game with the Thrashers had three takeaways, a hit and two shots on net. He deflected the puck dangerously close to the post early in the game but got better.

The Thrashers took only one penalty, their lowest total this season. They killed it. They killed seven of eight penalties in the past two games against the Capitals, who have the NHL’s second-best power play.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
11:18 pm

Poll request. Please add Cut Them All Loose to choices. Thank you very muchly. I will vote every hour on the hour. Cast one vote for first choice already but it does not reach heart of the problem. Appreciate consideration. Very truly yours. Stendec.

Wayne

April 7th, 2009
11:39 pm

I think this team, this market, needs Evander Kane more than anyone else.

stendec's doctor

April 7th, 2009
11:53 pm

You forgot your meds…again

B. Thenet

April 8th, 2009
12:01 am

Pavelec was abysmal all 1st period, lucky he only gave up 3. He was a rebound machine, and when he wasn’t paying off like a slot machine he was wildly out of position for most of the 1st period especially on the 1st goal where he should have stuck to the post like almost all NHL caliber goaltenders do.

To think this kid threw a temper tantrum when he was demoted to Chicago at the start of the season, he got flat out outplayed by a goalie a year younger than him.

sisu

April 8th, 2009
12:06 am

Pavas looked rough, we were in 113 and he was all over the place in the first. So it is only one game but I hope it gets better. Kari being out with a concussion is not good but at least it was not due to lack of conditioning this time!

Mike in Savannah

April 8th, 2009
8:50 am

Stendick… quit your b*tching. Thank you.

Old Time Hockey

April 8th, 2009
9:42 am

Don’t know if nerves were a part of Pavelec’s 1st period, but the kid looked sharp the last two periods and made some big saves. At least he made it through the game without injury. That’s a step up. Washington is only marginally talented? News to me and the rest of the league. Boris is going to be fine. Remember Chara’s first few years with the Islanders? He could barely skate. Not saying Boris will get to that level, but let’s see how he does next year first. What impressed me at the game last night is the size of Washington’s defense. They average 6′3″. Take out Pothier and they average over 6′4″. That makes the ice seem a lot smaller in their defensive zone. Stendec, seriously, you seem like a miserable SOB. No joke, they have meds for your condition.

Jason(Darkhorse)

April 8th, 2009
11:49 am

Mike-Will you ask Waddell about why Hedberg(or someone) can’t become the team’s goalie coach as an option to the logjam at that position? Remind him of the franchise’s dismal goalie track records, how he and Kari have both stated Moose has been a big help as a mentor and teammate, and we’re one of the only teams in the league that doesn’t have a goalie coach.

Stendec's wife

April 8th, 2009
1:24 pm

How does my husband get away with such bad language?

GaVaHokie

April 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

Ranallo, thanks for the link… that is an interesting mock draft.

I’m would be surprised with the Leafs pick of Kassian over Kadri or Cowen. But he does have an impressive highlight reel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSuzenUtyxU

Senators taking Kulikov (offensive defenseman) over Cowen would also be interesting. But I do see Kulikov (much like Bogosian) being the guy to climb up the draft boards in the next few months… Cowen seems to be dropping like Tyler Myers did last year.

GaVaHokie

April 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

Wayne… why? Because he’s black?

GaVaHokie

April 8th, 2009
3:43 pm

The Lottery drawing is next Tuesday the 14th… here are the odds of us getting the #1 pick plus TSN’s mock projections… these seem more realistic to me.

http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=7027

I think Svensson would have to show a TREMENDOUS will to play in the NHL for us to take him over Kane or Duchene, I’m afraid to say.

Alan

April 8th, 2009
4:44 pm

Wayne… why? Because he’s black?

From a marketing standpoint, do you disagree?

From a talent standpoint, I like everything Kane brings to the game (he can skate, hit, fight, and score goals), and would love to see him here next season.

NASCAR Dave

April 8th, 2009
6:07 pm

Get the Best OFFENSIVE threat… Wherever we’re picking, we need a SCORER… KOZZY and KOVY will be gone after next year, we need more OFFENSE in the Pipeline…

GaVaHokie

April 8th, 2009
6:15 pm

Alan… oh yeah, black people are gonna come in droves to watch Evander Kane, great marketing idea. Maybe they can bring Lil Jon back to do promos again… that worked, right? ;)

From a talent standpoint… sure, I agree.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 8th, 2009
6:20 pm

“From a marketing standpoint, do you disagree?”

Honestly Alan, I do disagree. If management is drafting a player based on skin color, I think they’re in the wrong. Personally I would hope every GM in the league can rise above race when looking at prospects, and not draft a player because he could possibly be more marketable simply due to his skin color.

However, do you think the Black community would endear themselves to a black hockey player? I can’t speak for the community, but my assumption is one black player will not swing hundreds or thousands of fans into following hockey, just because he’s on the local team. I would absolutely despise the marketing group if they plastered Kane on billboards in an obvious attempt to sway the black audience…that would be absolutely pathetic to me.

On the talent side, I have no problem with drafting Kane. There are many players in the top 10 prospects I’m personally excited to see in the NHL, and if any are on the Thrashers I’ll be content. Kane is one of those guys, this year.

Alan

April 8th, 2009
6:34 pm

If management is drafting a player based on skin color, I think they’re in the wrong.

I agree completely. Not quite what I said, though, but you covered it here…

However, do you think the Black community would endear themselves to a black hockey player?

It’s a funny question, and it’s really hit or miss. Honestly, there’s no telling unless it actually happened. It’s a unique situation, since the number of black hockey players is quite low. Would the black community as a whole rally around such a draft pick? Very unlikely. The guys at Atlanta Spirit, however, might feel differently.

I would absolutely despise the marketing group if they plastered Kane on billboards in an obvious attempt to sway the black audience

This would be going way over the top, even for the so-called “marketing geniuses” over at Atlanta Spirit. I too would despise such a campaign.

dwayne

April 8th, 2009
6:49 pm

Kane, very intresting…if Kane is good enough for the 4th or 5th pick, if thats what Thrash get, and they don’t pick him. Would the black community say, “must not want our money” Are there white players on the Hawks just so white people go see them? Are the Braves thinking they must have a few Hispanics, BLAH< BLAH< BLAH. If he is good enough to earn the pick, pick him.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 8th, 2009
7:03 pm

“If he is good enough to earn the pick, pick him.”

I couldn’t agree more.

GaVaHokie

April 8th, 2009
7:31 pm

“I would absolutely despise the marketing group if they plastered Kane on billboards in an obvious attempt to sway the black audience”

I believe the word is pandering. ;)

Alan

April 8th, 2009
7:43 pm

If he is good enough to earn the pick, pick him.

And from what I’ve seen of him, he is. If Atlanta is in position to pick him, they should. He’s a great talent and could definitely help out next year. Kovalchuk needs that top center, and I feel Kane is just the guy — assuming we don’t win the Tavares sweepstakes.

Brendan

April 8th, 2009
9:49 pm

So, at present, Atlanta has about a 10% chance of winning the lottery draft. Hey, it’s better than NO SHOT at winning it.

Okay, I gotta ask it. Let’s say the Islanders do prevail with their 48.8% chance of winning it. How many of you think (A) the Isles will trade the pick, (B) the Isles will draft someone OTHER than Tavares, or (C) that the Isles will select Tavares?