Thrashers add Afinogenov for tryout

The Thrashers will bring Maxim Afinogenov, who played in Buffalo last season, into training camp for a pro tryout. He is expected to arrive Thursday night.

Afinogenov was injured much of last season, but the 6-foot-1, 191-pound Russian forward led the Sabres in scoring in 2005-06 with 73 points.

“He’s a high-end guy, a skill guy,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. “It doesn’t hurt. We’ll see what happens.”

Afinogenov had 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) last season for the Sabres.

He was a third-round draft pick in 1997.

What are your thoughts?

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September 18th, 2009
3:48 pm


September 18th, 2009
8:21 pm

Alex – You are da MAN!!! Center Ice for half price!!! Hellz yeah!!


September 19th, 2009
5:32 pm

Brendan- I like White myself, but if Peverley plays anything like he did for us last year, I think White is probably the weakest of the top 6 from an offensive stand point. If Pevs is playing well, I’m definitely moving White down to the 3rd line, the press box, or out of town before I do Peverley. White also isn’t the only defensively responsible forward in the top 6, either, as Little, Kozlov and Peverly don’t shy away from back checking in the least.

pond scum

September 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Hey Hokie, I wasn’t clear enough on what I meant in that post from the other day,

I didn’t mean as to which spot Max would have an effect on Pevs/White by where they’d be lined up at,but Pevs actually being on the team. I’m hoping for all 3 to be in the lineup come opening nite.

And it looks like Postma may have something to say about being on the team this year and I hope Kulda really makes it as well. With the way both of them have played,I don’t think Valabik,Oystrick are safe.

pond scum

September 19th, 2009
5:54 pm

Jameson- White was the pivot man for Kozzie and Little to start the season,both benefitted from it.

Little had his breakout season,Kozzie returned to form. I disagree that White is the weakest link in the top-6. After Kovy,i’d be willing to say he’s in the top 3 still. His all-around game(back checking and playing defense) does put him ahead of others as you pointed out. White showed he can be Kovy’s setup man…. which many have tried but couldn’t do.

I don’t understand why so many knock on White? Just because he doesn’t play a very physical game? But he does go to the front of the net,he does score,he does make some pretty awesome setup passes and he does play defense as well as win faceoffs.

Sure.he didnt have a great first year here….. but besides Kovy that season,who else did? I hope some of you would explain why it is you feel he can’t be an every nite top-6 forward.

And Jameson as well as others,please don’t take this as calling you out or trying to personally attack you…. I’m not like that at all. It’s just good,friendly debate between my fellow fans is all.

Oh, and how many of you are starting to feel that Espo may never live up to expectations? I’m starting to feel he won’t.

World Be Free

September 19th, 2009
7:10 pm

I would like to see what Espo can do in Chicago. He needs to make the jump one level at a time. Let’s hope he plays well in CHI.

Afinogenov played for Ruff for almost 10 season. Lindy leaned on Max for a long time, playing him in a number of key situations. Max went into Ruff’s dog house, because he man the same misatakes over and over. Yu can’t blame the coach for the player not learning from his mistakes. I bet Randy Cunneyworth has a few points on how to get the most out of Max.

It was simply time for Max and the Sabres for part.