Antropov rehab continues, hopes to be ready by training camp

As promised, here is the update on Nik Antropov leftover from Thursday’s trip to the Thrashers practice facility.

Antropov started skating last Tuesday as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. He said he hopes to be ready by the start of training camp next month.

“Slowly but surely,” Antropov said of the rehab process after taking part in a voluntary workout on Thursday. “I have been doing rehab all summer, since day one. Last week, for the first time, [I started skating].

“I hope [to be ready by training camp]. Hopefully, yes, but maybe two or three days after. We have to wait and see how it reacts. Every day is a new day for me.”

Antropov would not reveal the exact nature of the surgery to fix the injury that plagued him for part of the season. It ended his year with two games remaining after the Thrashers had been eliminated from playoff contention.

“You’ll have to ask the doctors,” he said. “It was something about fixing the cartilage.”

The rehab process is now designed at getting the strength back in a leg Antropov didn’t use for more than a month after the surgery.

“We just have to put the strength back and go from there,” he said.

Antropov also did not to put a percentage on how healthy his hip is after just resuming skating. He did say Thursday’s skate, with 15 other Thrashers players, was his best since returning to the ice.

Some leftover items from my conversation with Thrashers GM Rick Dudley:

* Dudley said he wouldn’t be surprised if first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov made the NHL roster. He would become the third straight top pick to make the team right after being drafted, joining Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane. Burmistrov and Patrice Cormier are legit prospects, Dudley said.

“I see no reason why not,” Dudley said of Burmistrov. “I watch him and his skating is not going to keep him out of the league. He’s a great skater. He’s hockey sense is off the charts. His work ethic is as good as it gets. And he’s got grit. The only question, obviously when we drafted him, is this is a very slight kid. Last night he weighed out at 179 [pounds]. He understands what he needs to do and he’s done it. He’s worked at getting stronger. I think I said if he could get to 180, I’d feel very comfortable. That’s about where he’s going to be.”

Burmistrov said he weight-gaining plan has been simple. “Work out and eat,” he said. “Eat a lot.”

* I asked Dudley if he was more concerned with the defense or offense at this point of the offseason. Here is his answer:

“I want to make sure our defense is a top defense. We feel pretty good about our goaltending. We could be really good there. We think our defense is good if we can allow a guy like [Dustin] Byfuglien, or if one of the other guys steps up, then we are real good back there. Our forwards are going to be fine. A lot depends on how much we get out of some people, but I expect Evander Kane to have a real good year. I expect [Bryan] Little to have a real bounce back year. I think he looks really good. Would I be surprised if [Alexander] Burmistrov contributed to our team? I wouldn’t be surprised at all. [Rich] Peverely we expect good things out of him. [Andrew] Ladd is going to give us his 15-25 goal range. I think he gives you so much more than the goal totals. That’s the reason we wanted him in the first place. He’s going to rub off on the other guys, his energy. We think [Chris] Thorburn is capable of scoring. He did in junior. I know the player really, really well way back from [OHL] Sudbury. I think he’s capable of being more than a fourth-line guy. If that happened we are in pretty good shape because he’s a big, fast guy that plays with an edge. Those guys, if you can play them a lot, in a top-three line situation, that’s invaluable. We also have [Patrick] Rissmiller. There are things that are questions, but they are all positive questions.”

Back to the last weekend of vacation. There is still plenty to check off the honey-do list. Come Monday, there is only two weeks until the start of rookie camp and full camp begins five days later.

72 comments Add your comment

Sage of Bluesland

August 27th, 2010
10:55 pm

Atlanta Dream are the first Philips Arena team to clinch a Conference Championship berth. Maybe that’ll get the ice birds fired up? I emailed Don Waddell with the good news, but he hasn’t answered yet. Maybe he’s partying with the Dream, a team with great ownership and management (you’re welcome, Atlanta).

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Geez, more Sage imposters? I saw this on Khabibulin. What is it about speeding in Ferraris? http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331847

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:29 pm

Our ol’ friend Clarke MacArthur signed a 1-year deal with the Leafs. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331935

Brendan

August 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

Btw, the Leafs saved $1.3 million off the arbitration award, which was $2.4 million. I guess we credit Dudley for not overpaying, right?

JR

August 29th, 2010
11:02 am

any news on schubert? who else is still unsigned by the thrashers?

JR

August 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

i think that schubert has been abducted by aliens. no one seems to know anything about his staus or where he is.no one seems to care either.

Rhythmpenguin

August 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Maybe he’ll learn some martian hockey moves. =)

Brendan

August 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

JR, it looks as if Schubert, and Mark Popovic for that matter, are the odd guys out. I think the Thrashers are looking at Kulda and/or Postma to fill out the Defensive roster.

Brendan

August 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

If anyone wants to record a piece of NHL history, the 7th game between the Flyers and Bruins is airing as we speak on the NHL Network. The Flyers become the 3rd team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. And in the process, they overcame a 3-0 deficit in Game 7, as well. Truly, a collapse of epic proportions for the Bruins. If you’d asked me if the Bruins were capable of dropping that series, once up 3-0, I would have said, “It’s theoretically possible, but extremely improbable.” And up 3-0 in Game 7, I would have told you, “It’s O-VAH. Finito. Caput. Terminado.” And yet, the Flyers won. For Boston fans, Opening Night can’t get here … soon enough.

KLS1

August 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Gotta sign Bergfors before we can discuss trading him. And getting Jeff Carter for Bergfors is not a good trade.

And as for Buff, why don’t we let the coach decide where he is going to play instead of the GM. I like Dudley but I am starting feel a little like Jerry Jones is in the building.

I appreciate the urgency from Dudley, but players gotta play…what’s on paper rarely guarantees success…see New York Rangers.

Jack

August 30th, 2010
10:02 am

Rangers or Mets for that matter. If we sign Bergfors, I really dont htis we will trade him.

Troll

August 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Enter your comments here

DaveR

August 30th, 2010
7:47 pm

I really like Bergfors. But you can’t overlook that Waddell didn’t even mention him – a projected first-liner, based on what he he did last season – when he was talking about the contributions he hopes to get from the forwards.

DaveR

August 30th, 2010
7:49 pm

Check that – I meant Dudley.

Brendan

August 31st, 2010
1:40 pm

JR

August 31st, 2010
2:27 pm

thanks brendan. i suspect that schubert would be more effective than some of the other guys, either as a forward or as a defenseman. doesn’t look as if anyone in hielse is interested mwould be a cheap hire. so i’d hope that he

kracker

August 31st, 2010
7:10 pm

Uh oh….need to get this done b4 camp!

ajcthrashers Told that talks between Thrashers, RFA Niclas Bergfors are very slow.

kracker

August 31st, 2010
10:19 pm

Has anybody been watching the players out at DIF?? I have to work and I don’t think they work out on the weekends :(

farel

September 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

why is there no Thrasher news on a consistent basis?

Joe McGrath

September 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Duds must sign Bergfors. He’ll then have him a bonifide 35 goal scorer for 2010-11 season. Bergfors is the next Kent Nilsson.

Worst Team in ALL of Professional Sports

September 3rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Doesn’t matter, this is the worst team in ALL of professional sports

Worst Team in ALL of Professional Sports

September 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

farel – because this is easily the worst team in ALL of professional sports, run by the Atlanta Suckit Group