Just got off the phone with Don Waddell following the second day of the draft. He said he was pleased with how everything went. The Thrashers are still thrilled with getting Evander Kane Friday in the first round. They added eight more players Saturday.
Here are the highlights:
The two wingers they got in the second round – Carl Klingberg and Jeremy Morin – were listed as first-rounders on the Thrashers draft board. Waddell called them steals – along with sixth-rounder Jimmy Bubnick and seventh rounder Levko Koper. Waddell said the Thrashers had them listed as second-rounders on their draft board. Klingsberg will continue playing in Sweden for a couple of years and Morin will go to the OHL.
Thrashers also picked up a couple of extra draft picks – this year and next year. Waddell said the Thrashers will have two third-rounders and two fifth-rounders in 2010. They could be used in upcoming trades.
Waddell also said a lot of groundwork has been laid for those upcoming trades. He said he would pursue those deals over the next three or four days. I think something is going to happen soon.
Finally, I really enjoyed meeting many of you at the draft party at T.J.’s Friday. It was a very good time and I enjoyed talking in-depth to many of you. Hope we can do it again sometime.