The Thrashers are off today following Sunday’s shootout win over St. Louis.
However, let’s not let that stop us from blogging. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the last seven Thrashers goals, over two and a half games, have come from defensemen. After Bryan Little scored against Columbus on Thursday the Thrashers have gotten goals from: Tobias Enstrom and Pavel Kubina against the Blue Jackets, Zach Bogosian, Kubina and Christoph Schubert against the Islanders and Enstrom and Ron Hainsey against the Blues.
Concerned? Sure you like scoring from the defense, but all the scoring?
It’s funny because on Friday, the day after the Columbus game, I asked coach John Anderson about Enstrom. It seemed, to me, that he was hesitant to shoot from the point. I wanted to see if Anderson thought I was off base. This is what he said:
“I don’t think Toby is the kind of player that thinks shoot first. I’ve been talking to him about it. He’s got a pretty good shot. You’ve obvioulsy seen that. Sometimes it’s a confidence thing. You learn from that experience. He’s primarily a feeder and a disher, that’s just the way he is. Sometimes it’s very difficult to change the stripes on that zebra.
“He has to shoot sometimes in order to create space for other guys he’s going to pass it to. Because if he’s not a threat to shoot they don’t worry about him shooting. Obviously now, he’s had a couple shots. I was [ticked] off at him five or six games ago. I said ‘Next time you cross the line, make sure it gets on net. I don’t care how hard it is.’ We scored a goal right off. It wasn’t my genius. In order to make the pass from here to here to here, if he doesn’t shoot once in awhile they won’t respect him so they will just back off.”
In the last three games, Enstrom has two goals and two assists.
I asked Enstrom Sunday about the wealth of scoring the Thrashers have had from defenseman lately. All he said was “That’s good. We just have to get our forwards scoring and everything will be perfect.”
Bogosian has six goals, third on the Thrashers and tied for first in the NHL for defensemen. Kubina’s three goals have come over the last four games. Mark Popovic scored his first NHL goal against the Canadiens.
Let me know what you think.