Updated: Day 3 Training camp groupings; exhibition opener roster

Training camp groups for Day 3 are much the same as Day 2. Nik Antropov and Angelo Esposito are not skating again. Looks like Jim Slater will only take part in skating drills with sore right wrist.

Here are the groupings:

Group A

Nigel Dawes/Patrick Rissmiller/Niclas Bergfors

Eric Boulton/Riley Holzapfel/Spencer Machacek

Open/Open/Michael Forney

Tobias Enstrom/Zach Bogosian

Noah Welch/Kyle McLaren

Sebastian Owuya/Jaime Sifers

Chris Mason

Drew MacIntyre

Group B

Evander Kane/Alex Burmistrov/Anthony Stewart

Fredrik Modin/Chris Thorburn/Akim Aliu

Open/Jared Ross/Open

Ron Hainsey/Dustin Byfuglien

Johnny Oduya/Paul Postma

Ben Chiarot/Mike Siklenka

Ondrej Pavelec

Chris Carrozzi

Group C

Andrew Ladd/Bryan Little/Rich Peverley

Ben Eager/Andre Deveaux/Fredrik Pettersson

Enver Lisin/Open/ Danick Paquette

Boris Valabik/Brent Sopel

Arturs Kulda/Freddy Meyer

Cody Sol/Andrey Zubarev

Peter Mannino

Ed Pasquale

EXHIBITION ROSTER

Kane/Burmistrov/Stewart

Dawes/Little/Pettersson

Paquette/Holzapfel/Aliu

Eager/Rissmiller/Machacek

Hainsey/Sifers

Kulda/Meyer

Valabik/Zubarev

Pavelec

MacIntrye

52 comments Add your comment

Skeeter

September 20th, 2010
8:32 am

TrueBlue

September 20th, 2010
9:21 am

I think that the Ladd Little Peverley line is the real deal and that we will see this line on opening night. This is one of the only pairings that has not changed throughout camp thus far. I really, really like that line. Ladd brings the physical element that would be missing from that line. He would be an excellent net crasher and Pevs and Little will absolutely benefit from a player from him on a line.

iamtheratio

September 20th, 2010
9:31 am

TrueBlue: I agree completely, I also noticed Buff and Hainsey have been together the entire camp as well. I guess we can “pencil” in at least one forward and one defensive line.

After watching those youTube videos posted of training camp and the other videos on atlantathrashers.com I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about the start of the season. I’m not saying I expect us to win the cup or anything, I’m just excited to see something so different then what we’ve seen last year or ever really.. It really gave me hope when Rammer yelled “Did someone else blow the whistle!?” at Hainsey and a few other guys when it looked like they stopped hustling and started coasting.

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2010
9:42 am

I’ve had Ladd/Little/Pevs penciled in for months now… glad to see I’m not crazy.

Russian

September 20th, 2010
9:49 am

Chris,
Do you know who is playing First preseason game?

Rhythmpenguin

September 20th, 2010
10:04 am

The first one listed on NHL.com is us vs Columbus.

TrueBlue

September 20th, 2010
10:23 am

I think he meant “which players”.

SCHUBERT

September 20th, 2010
10:24 am

Perhaps I can fill one of the ‘open’ slots.

BG33Brown

September 20th, 2010
10:26 am

CVIV, thanks for all the great updates!!!

Thrashers27

September 20th, 2010
10:43 am

Who’s the odd man out on the blueline? My thoughts are that it’s either McLaren, or Boris. If they don’t offer McLaren a contract then it’s Boris, or Kulda, but man what a tough decision.

There’s definitely room for a trade if Duds can pull one together.

kracker

September 20th, 2010
11:09 am

AtlThrashers B (White) beats C (Red) in the second scrimmage of the day. Stewart with a rocket, Thorburn and Hainsey for the winners. Little for red.

Thorburn = scoring machine ;) Hainsey, too.

Derrick

September 20th, 2010
11:17 am

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Boris start the season in Chicago as they try to make sure that he’s all the way back from the torn ACL that he suffered last year. I’d say that Kulda has earned a spot on the team after his great work the last couple years in Chicago. I really don’t know what else he has left to prove down there. But since it seems that the top 6 spots are locked up and he wouldn’t be playing very often, I assume they’d rather have him back in Chicago once again where he’ll have an opportunity to play and not just sit in the press box. I see McLaren and Meyer fighting for the press box position.

Derrick

September 20th, 2010
11:21 am

Haha yeah if someone says scoring machine, Thorburn and Hainsey are definitely the first 2 names that pop into my head.

R. Stroz

September 20th, 2010
11:26 am

C-Viv – So far, who has surprised you in training camp?

Also, are you enjoying getting out of the heat>

Dwayne

September 20th, 2010
11:34 am

When did we sign the Open triplets?
Doris has to go, anywhere….Someone please tell me why she deserves a roster spot? Please?

Rhythmpenguin

September 20th, 2010
11:40 am

Boris was a +2 last , is a big guy, and has a hard shot.

Rhythmpenguin

September 20th, 2010
11:41 am

liquid fart

September 20th, 2010
11:49 am

depth. finally our team has depth. i really like kulda’s game, it’s a tough call between him and valabik’s as possible 7th D men…but i agree we may see Boris in chi-town to start the year. McLaren kind of complicates things in a good way, he can’t be counted out either. it isn’t saying much to label this ‘possibly the best D ever for our squad’ because we’ve always been putrid on D. i must be in the minority regarding hainsey, i think coasts more times than not, he’s lazy, he doesn’t hit and ‘earns’ a bloated paycheck and he has a no trade clause so we are stuck with him, thanks donny wad.

Thrashers27

September 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

Dwayne,

I’ve made the point before and I’ll make it again. Boris is still young and defensemen take longer to fully develop. Case in point, Zdeno Chara. He has shown marked improvement each year and I think this year is an opportunity for him to prove he’s a great NHL d-man.

UGA Alum

September 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

Just happy Training camp is on!!!! Not worried about the defencemen situation; it will all pan out in the end!

Michael

September 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

While I agree defensemen take longer to mature and reach full potential I cant help but see that Kulda is the better d man than boris. Last year Kulda played in 4 games was a plus 2 and 2 ast. boris played in 23 was plus 2 and 2 ast.

I feel like Kulda should get the nod in this and valabik should be the 7th dman.
Bogo and kulda had great chemistry back in the day and it would be worth seeing if for no more than curiousity what he can do in a bigger role.

Dwayne

September 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

You do not let a man punch you in the nads and get away with it. I guess I dislike Doris as much as Bill disliked Charmin. I try to be open minded, but I just can’t see him in Atl. this year due to depth?? Maybe another year or 2 in Chicago and he will be developed, as in grow some nads.

OmniFan

September 20th, 2010
1:42 pm

Only 3 lines for the xo?

Chris Vivlamore

September 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

Sorry. Forgot the Paquette/Holzapfel.Aliu line. Was typing in my car (not while driving).

Joe Friday

September 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

Ramsay is the teacher of the game that we’ve lacked for so long. If he can’t get Boris to “get it” then it’s time to cut bait. I totally agree that dmen take the longest to develop, but Boris just hasn’t shown much hockey sense or skating ability, it’s very helpful if you have some basic hockey sense and skating ability to work with, so I’m not hopeful for Boris and prefer Kulda as well

Derrick

September 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

I assume tomorrow’s game isn’t going to be televised?

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2010
2:16 pm

Well seeing that we have a Coach that worked with Chara last year, and is now working with Valabik… hopefully we can see some vast improvement.

Chris Vivlamore

September 20th, 2010
2:20 pm

Derrick: No television for tomorrow night’s game. That’s what I’m told. Still haven’t seen a TV schedule.

Snooze Fest

September 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

This has been the least hyped team in the history of the NHL.

Cornbread

September 20th, 2010
2:59 pm

I do not see Kulda making the opening roster over Valabik. Valabik played very good quality minutes last season. He is on his way to becoming a dominant shut-down D man. Sopel and Ramsay’s tutelage should benefit him greatly. He is still 2-3 years away from his prime but so is Kulda if not further behind. In Kulda’s 4 game taste last year he played around 10 minutes compared to Valabik’s solid 15. Remember too that Valabik also put up very good AHL numbers, posting +12, +21, and +8 in the 50, 58, and 11 games played.

Kulda will be better served playing in Chicago and Valabik will be a better fit as the number 7. Arguing about who the number 7 will be is a good thing to have for a change. Could McClaren or even Meyer send both of them to Chicago? I still say it’s Valabik’s spot to lose.

Derrick

September 20th, 2010
3:20 pm

Thanks Chris!

I just checked schedule for the next week and I couldn’t help noticing that the NHL network isn’t televising a single game. I don’t get that. If the NBA network can show virtually every single game of Summer League basketball (where teams have maybe 1 player on their rosters who will make their regular season roster) then why can’t the NHL network televise most of the exhibition games (even if they don’t show them all live). Instead they’d rather show replays of games from last year.

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2010
3:31 pm

I do not see Kulda making the opening roster over Valabik. Valabik played very good quality minutes last season. He is on his way to becoming a dominant shut-down D man.

I was just chatting with Viv about Valabik, and he told me Valabik got pinned in the corner this morning by Evander Kane.

I don’t think Valabik is winning anybody over at the moment.

ThrashHead

September 20th, 2010
3:46 pm

I’ve always liked that little ladd Peverly. Quite the goal scorer eh?

“I was just chatting with Viv about Valabik, and he told me Valabik got pinned in the corner this morning by Evander Kane.”

At first glance that sounds bad for Boris. But then I got thinking about it …. Kane is a tough SOB. He’s already built like a brick sh!thouse. He’s going to be tough along the boards this year. Still though, at 6′ 7″, Boris shouldn’t be getting pinned by anybody.

Cornbread

September 20th, 2010
3:47 pm

Good for Evander Kane. He’s doing what he is supposed to do as a power forward; tie up a D-man in the corner so someone else can grab the puck. Let’s also not forget the two times Kane blew by the league’s most dominant shut-down D-man, Chris Pronger, in the same game last year assisting on two goals to Jimmy Slater on the same exact play.

Lee

September 20th, 2010
3:55 pm

Chris, do you know if Antro has a serious injury?

goose

September 20th, 2010
3:58 pm

Does anybody know if boris would have to clear wavers?

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2010
4:08 pm

Valabik, pinned in the corner, is about 15 feet from where he’s supposed to be.

Thrashers27

September 20th, 2010
4:10 pm

Goose, I don’t believe he would have to clear waivers.

Cornbread

September 20th, 2010
4:22 pm

“Valabik, pinned in the corner, is about 15 feet from where he’s supposed to be.”

What?

ss

September 20th, 2010
4:23 pm

NHL network covering any exhibition games?

Zombie Steve

September 20th, 2010
4:34 pm

I wonder if Kane is going to one-shot another punk this year….

NHL Ready

September 20th, 2010
5:01 pm

Chris I have a question for you and perhaps you can answer since you are in the media. Why is it the Thrasher get so very little to none of local coverage on our new stations? The Atlanta news stations seem more interested in High School Football than they do about a NHL Team in thier home town.

NHL Ready

September 20th, 2010
5:04 pm

sorry for the spelling error (their) I was getting pissed and had a typo

Matt

September 20th, 2010
5:21 pm

Chris:

If you happen to see Mark “Kiss of Death” Bradley on the premises, would you kindly escort him out of the building before he destroys our season by predicting something favorable to the Thrashers?

BTW, appreciate all your work and frequent updates. You and Rawhide are a real asset to hockey fans in this town.

liquid fart

September 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

kulda is ready to be in the NHL, whether it’s with us or not. he could be a decent trade assest if we opt to go with valabik. i thought valabik showed huge improvement before he got hurt.. our D is important..this team ain’t gonna score many goals. of course we had fire power last year but gave up way too many in the process. the tide is changing me thinks..we have a real coach..a system players can actually have a clear understanding of being that JA’s system was..well..i have no idea what it was and nither did the players.

Derrick

September 20th, 2010
6:28 pm

I agree that Kulda is ready to be in the NHL, and while I would love for it to be with the Thrashers, I just don’t see it happening. With Big Buff being moved back to defense I think that pretty much sealed his fate unless there’s an injury. I think it would be in his best interest if we could move him to another team where he’d be given a chance to play in the NHL instead of being sent back down to Chicago yet again or being our 7th defenseman. So if you can’t find a way to get him in the lineup here, do the kid a favor and send him somewhere that he will be because I’m sure there are quite a few teams who would love to have him as one of their top 6 defensemen.

michael

September 20th, 2010
7:17 pm

if it were me, buff would be on forward valabik would be traded and kulda would be on the line up for sure. hes earned it big time and just about every thrash fan is excited and anxiou to see how he does. itd be great if sopel could teach our d to block shots but i dont see him doing much else. id chalk him up as in the press box half the time.
I think valabiks injury will play into kulda favor and get him a few games in early but those few days will be incredibly important to be the best he possibly can be so we can see more of him.

Curious?

September 20th, 2010
8:16 pm

I’ve posted a couple of times…about this Paquette kid…but no one EVER replies or even comments on the kid…what’s up with him…he’s getting good pairings and scoring, no? Can somebody tell me where he fares in all this??? Has coaching or management mentinned anything about him?? Thanks!

SCHUBERT

September 20th, 2010
9:17 pm

Paquette smaquette! Where’s schubert?

Flames

September 20th, 2010
9:57 pm

It was Nice to have finally met you in person today Chris Viv. I enjoyed watching the 4 on 4 scrimmage with you. You do a great job with the Thrashers.