Thrashers training camp roster

Here is the Thrashers training camp roster – all 62 names. I had to take out their birthplace to get each player to fit on one line.

See you Sunday.


No.    Player    Ht.    Wt.    S    Born  Acquired
71    Anderson, Matt***    5-11    195    R    10/31/82   N/A
80    Antropov, Nik    6-6    230    L    2/18/80   Free Agent (7/2/09)
20    Armstrong, Colby    6-2    190    R    11/23/82   Trade w/ PIT (2/26/08)
36    Boulton, Eric    6-1    220    L    8/17/76   Free Agent (8/8/05)
54    Bubnick, Jimmy*    6-2    195    R    1/19/91  Draft ’09 (6th Rd, 155th Over)
15    Crabb, Joey    6-1    190    R    4/3/83   Free Agent (8/31/06)
67    Doell, Kevin***    5-11    190    R    7/15/79   N/A
57    Esposito, Angelo    6-1    180    L    2/20/89   Trade w/ PIT (2/26/08)
61    Forney, Michael    6-2    185    R    5/14/88    Draft ’06 (3rd Rd, 80th Over)
16    Fritsche, Dan**    6-1    205    R    7/13/85    N/A
43    Holzapfel, Riley    6-0    185    L    8/18/88    Draft ’06 (2nd Rd, 43rd Over)
24    Gratton, Josh    6-2    215    L    9/9/82   Free Agent (7/30/09)
53    Kaip, Rylan    6-1    185    L    3/19/84   Draft ’03 (9th Rd, 269th Over)
9    Kane, Evander    6-1    180    L    8/2/91    Draft ’09 (1st Rd, 4th Over)
66    Koper, Levko    6-0    180    L    10/5/90   Draft ’09 (7th Rd, 185th Over)
17    Kovalchuk, Ilya    6-1    220    R    4/15/83   Draft ’01 (1st Rd, 1st Over)
42    Kozek, Andrew    5-11    190    L    5/26/86   Draft ’05 (2nd Rd, 53rd Over)
13    Kozlov, Vyacheslav    5-10    190    L    5/3/72   Trade w/BUF (6/22/02)
40    Krog, Jason    5-11    185    R    10/9/75   Free Agent (7/6/09)
50    LaVallee, Jordan*    6-3    225    L    5/11/86  Draft ’05 (4th Rd, 113th Over)
10    Little, Bryan    5-11    190    R    11/12/87   Draft ’06 (1st Rd, 12th Over)
46    Machacek, Spencer    6-1    195    R    10/14/88  Draft ’07 (3rd Rd, 67th Over)
45    Morin, Jeremy*    6-1    190    R    4/16/91   Draft ’09 (2nd Rd, 45th Over)
58    O’Dell, Eric*    6-0    175    R    6/21/90   Trade w/ ANA (3/4/09)
59    Paquette, Danick*    6-0    210    R    7/17/90 Draft ’08 (3rd Rd, 64th Over)
47    Peverley, Rich    6-0    185    R    7/8/82  Waivers from NSH (1/10/09)
56    Pospisil, Tomas    6-0    180    R    8/25/87 Draft ’05 (5th Rd, 135th Over)
19    Reasoner, Marty    6-1    200    L    2/26/77  Free Agent (7/17/08)
63    Siddall, Matt    6-1    210    R    9/24/84   Draft ’04 (9th Rd, 270th Over)
23    Slater, Jim    6-0    195    L    12/9/82   Draft ’02 (1st Rd, 30th Over)
72    Smith, Darryl**    5-11    190    L    3/3/87   N/A
41    Stapleton, Tim    5-9    160    R    7/9/82   Trade w/ TOR (7/1/09)
21    Sterling, Brett    5-7    180    L    4/24/84   Draft ’03 (5th Rd, 145th Over)
22    Stewart, Anthony    6-2    240    R    1/5/85   Free Agent (7/13/09)
27    Thorburn, Chris    6-3    225    R    6/3/83   Trade w/ PIT (6/22/07)
12    White, Todd    5-10    195    L    5/21/75   Free Agent (7/1/07)

No.    Player    Ht.    Wt.    S    Born   Acquired
4    Bogosian, Zach    6-2    200    R    7/15/90   Draft ’08 (1st Rd, 3rd Over)
64    Chiarot, Ben*    6-2    210    L    5/9/91  Draft ’09 (4th Rd, 120th Over)
55    Denny, Chad    6-3    230    L    3/27/87  Draft ’05 (2nd Rd, 49th Over)
39    Enstrom, Tobias    5-10    175    L    11/5/84   Draft ’03 (8th Rd, 239th Over)
6    Hainsey, Ron    6-3    210    L    3/24/81  Free Agent (7/2/08)
77    Kubina, Pavel    6-4    245    R    4/15/77   Trade w/ TOR (7/1/09)
44    Kulda, Arturs    6-2    195    L    7/25/88  Draft ’06 (7th Rd, 200th Over)
51    Lehman, Scott    6-1    200    L    1/5/86   Draft ’04 (3rd Rd, 76th Over)

38    Lewis, Grant    6-3    200    R    1/20/85   Draft ’04 (2nd Rd, 40th Over)

68    Looby, Mike**    6-0    200    L    1/28/85   N/A

7    Oystrick, Nathan    6-0    215    L    10/17/82  Draft ’02 (7th Rd, 198th Over

62   Paris, Drew**    6-4    200    R    5/12/88   N/A

3    Popovic, Mark**    6-1    210    L    10/11/82  N/A
60    Postma, Paul    6-3    175    R    2/22/89    Draft ’04 (4th Rd, 205th Over)
25    Salmela, Anssi    6-1    200    L    8/13/84   Trade w/ NJ (3/2/09)
52    Sol, Cody*    6-4    215    L    2/11/91   Draft ’09 (5th Rd, 125th Over)
5    Valabik, Boris    6-7    240    L    2/14/86   Draft ’04 (1st Rd, 10th Over)
48    Vernace, Mike    6-2    200    L    5/26/86   Free Agent (7/31/09)
26    Welch, Noah    6-4    220    L    8/26/82   Free Agent (7/13/09)
No.    Player    Ht.    Wt.    C    Born   Acquired
1    Hedberg, Johan    6-0    185    L    5/5/73   Free Agent (7/1/06)
29    Legace, Manny**    5-10    200    L    2/4/73   N/A
32    Lehtonen, Kari    6-4    205    L    11/16/83   Draft ’02 (1st Rd, 2nd Over)
30    MacIntyre, Drew    6-2    185    L    6/24/83   Free Agent (7/6/09)
34    Mannino, Peter    6-0    200    R    2/17/83   Free Agent (7/6/09)
31    Pavelec, Ondrej    6-2    200    L    8/31/87   Draft ’05 (2nd Rd, 41st Over)
33    Unice, Josh**    6-0    180    L    6/24/89   N/A

* – Unsigned player who is property of Atlanta
** – Unsigned player  attending on Try Out (Amateur and Professional)
*** – Under contract with the Chicago Wolves (AHL)

22 comments Add your comment


September 11th, 2009
8:14 pm

Thanks Chris! Basically you’ve got 42 players or so competing for 3 or 4 spots. Gotta figure about 17 or 18 are safe and we have a battle for 3rd line LW, 4th line RW, 7th D-man (pressbox) and perhaps the top 2 spots in goal. Should be some interesting drama. Let’s drop the puck baby!!!


September 11th, 2009
8:44 pm

great blog chris! can’t wait for the season to start. im going to openin game, buyin tickets tomorrow!
so manny legace and dan fritzche huh? wow, glad wadddell welcomed them!

Ron Mexico

September 11th, 2009
10:08 pm

Just a random observation here, I couldn’t help but notice a couple interesting number changes. Valabik has switched to number 5 and Crabb took 15. If I’m not mistaken nobody has wore 15 since Heatley left. Not a big deal or anything but I just thought I’d state the obvious. One thing is for sure, I don’t think anyone will wear 37 again.

Anyway, with that said thanks for the update and I can’t wait until opening night!!

R. Stroz

September 11th, 2009
10:27 pm

I’ll be a happy camper if Zherdev is added to the list of forwards.


September 11th, 2009
11:05 pm

Interesting that there aren’t any college guys like Leveille and Saponari. Can’t recall if that was the case last summer or not… I think I recall Carozzi being in camp last summer.

Just pointing that out, because it seems everyone in camp are legitimate tryouts, and not just guys looking to get “experience” of how a pro camp works.


September 11th, 2009
11:08 pm

… besides the 2009 draft picks that is.

I suppose you only get the “camp experience” the year of your draft. Then the rest are serious contenders.


September 12th, 2009
1:47 am

I see Jordan LaVallee remains unsigned.

Maybe somebody should wear #15 again?


September 12th, 2009
4:02 am

Per NCAA rules, college hockey players are not allowed at NHL training camps in September with NHL coaches on the ice. At least not until they leave college and are signed. It’s the old amateur NCAA thing.


September 12th, 2009
4:05 am

NCAA college players are allowed at the summer prospect camps, which can only be run by non-NHL coaches. Also the players from college have to pay their way to Atlanta.


September 12th, 2009
10:21 am

DJ… thanks for the info!

j nes

September 12th, 2009
10:42 am

I know Esposito was unable to play in the prospect camp. If he is healthy, I wonder if he could beat out Kane for a spot on the third line? For the record, I don’t think Kane is ready despite his great showing at the prospect tourney. And I would take zherdev in a heartbeat over any prospect.


September 12th, 2009
2:36 pm

Heater is a Shark!


September 12th, 2009
4:49 pm

F*&^ Heatley! What a baby!!!!


September 12th, 2009
5:07 pm

heatley a shark??? more like a minnow! and bad play on san jose, i mean cheechoo and michalek for heatley??? not worth it!


September 12th, 2009
6:45 pm

Lee, the Sharks are thinking that Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi, Patrick Marleau, and Dany Heatley, with Nabakov in net, will be the difference this year. Last year, the Sharks won the President’s Trophy for best overall record. But they were stunned in the 1st round of the playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks, who had a pretty decent run. They lost Game Seven, with 3:00 left in regulation, versus the Red Wings, in the 2nd round. Had the Ducks won, they’d have met the Chicago Blackhawks in the CF, in what would have made for a very interesting series.

Sharks GM, Doug Wilson, can’t hide from this decision. He knows he’s under the microscope. He’ll get some criticism for trading away original Sharks draft picks, and lifelong Shark players, like Michalek, a former 6th overall selection, (and excellent plus-minus player,) and Cheechoo, a one-time 56 goal scorer. Plus, if this move falters, BADLY, the Sharks are also on the hook for a 2nd round pick to Ottawa. Ottawa, for their part, tossed in a “throw away” 5th rounder to complete the deal. If Doug Wilson’s move to acquire Heatley works, and the Sharks win the Cup, that 2nd rounder will only be pick #60 in the draft. Which is no real loss.


September 12th, 2009
7:41 pm

This just in! Dany Heatley has ‘change of heart.’ In a bold reversal, Heatley told reporters, “I’ve come to do some soul searching. I asked myself, ‘What is CHARACTER? And how does one define it?”‘ I’ve come to realize that I made a commitment to Ottawa. And commitments shouldn’t be broken. I’ve decided to honor my contract, and refuse this trade to San Jose. I’ve realized, now, that it’s the Coach’s job to use me the way HE SEES FIT. I’m tired of running from my problems. Adversity introduces a man to himself. I’ve decided to work on my character. I look forward to helping the Ottawa Senators this season in whatever way I can. I just wanted to thank GM Bryan Murray for putting up with me through this whole troubling ordeal. Boy, he’s been a sport!”

Ohhp! Ohhp! Wait a minute. Nope. That was a ‘Bizarro World’ tweet. Nevermind. Disregard.

World Be Free

September 13th, 2009
8:21 am

Pretty good one Brendan. Bryan Murray has to be feeling alot better today. My initial reaction is that Ottawa did not get enough in return, But if you look at Michalek’s overall numbers, he’s a heck of a player. He’ll fit in well in Ottawa.

Ironic that both Heatley and Dan Synder’s name should appear on the blog in the last 24 hours. Two players from opposite ends of the spectrum in so many ways. The differences appear more evident as each day passes.

I agree that no Thrasher should ever wear #37 again. I don’t think the number should be officially retired; other teams have held a player’s number in the past without officially retiring the number. I guess they feel that hoisting the jersey would only serve as c constant reminder of the tragedy.

I really hope the change of numbers helps Boris elevate his game. I also hope he worked on his skating this summer. There’s no greater liability for a defenseman that being a below average skater.


September 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

Brendan – I just can’t fathom what the heck Wilson is thinking. San Jose’s ONLY problem has been a lack of character. They’ve had all the skill in the world run through that organization the past several seasons. And Wilson, in a very public meeting with fans after they got bounced this year, talked about major changes. And talked about the character problems, work ethic problems. Yet what did he do? Made one trade, very late in the off-season, to bring in the guy with arguably the most questionable character in the League, at least right now.

If I were a Sharks fan, I’d be livid about this trade.


September 13th, 2009
7:01 pm

I agree with you, Sara. But wins cover everything. That’s what I’m told, anyway. I think San Jose will come to regret making this trade. I certainly think Heatley will ask to be traded out of San Jose before his contract expires, lest the Sharks remain serious contenders for the remaining duration of Heatley’s contract.

GM Bryan Murray did well to wrangle that 2nd round pick out of San Jose, plus two pretty decent roster players. If Heatley is a “cancer” out in San Jose, this whole thing could be their unraveling, lest THEYYYY successfully trade him out for decent replacement pieces.


September 13th, 2009
8:04 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m not able to follow the Thrashers’ camp this year, so I was wondering if someone knows who is lining up next to Kovalchuk at centre? Is it Peverley or Antropov? Are the coaches playing Peverley at C or RW? Thanks!


August 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

Hey Lee, you sure seem to know your stuff. What a terrible play by San José for Heatley last season, lol…


August 24th, 2010
8:07 pm

I hope this is Chad Denny’s year. When he played in the juniors, in Lewiston, he was so fast for a big man, and he could score! People used to say, “check out the wheels on Denny!’ It must be wicked hard to break into in the NHL or the AHL, with all the veterans and then the constant supply of new blood. There’s 17 defensemen going to camp! I bet you, that if some AHL club believed in Denny, they could develop him into a very respectable player.I wish some coach or veteran would take him under their wing and work him to his full potential. I wish some New England AHL team would give him a contract, so I could watch him play in Portland, Maine. Come on Chad, show them what you can do. The Mic Mac and Lewiston Maineiac Nations are all behind you.