Updated: Training camp Day 4: Exhibition game tonight; six re-assigned

Sorry folks, but with the exhibition game tonight I used the morning to get some yard work done and get a hair cut. Now, we’re ready.

With the game not on television, let me know if you want me to blog live. I could try again since I didn’t think it worked that well when I tried it once last season. Maybe I will be better this time.

So, like you, I’ve spent the first few days of camp going for the roster and trying to figure out just how many roster spots are available. There really aren’t many. Goaltenders are set. Top six defensemen are set, leaving one reserve spot. Most of the forwards spots are taken. I see one center position and one, maybe two, wings to fill. Quite a bit of competition for those spots.

After practice yesterday, I asked coach Craig Ramsay how he saw it. Here is what he had to say:

“There are a few. There are some. It’s hard right now we don’t even see [Nik Antropov] play. We know he’s going to play. Same with [Niclas] Bergfors, but until we see them play it’s hard to compare one against the other. There are spots, without question. We have more National Hockey League players trying out for this team than perhaps they’ve had in the past. I don’t know that for sure. I know we are going to have some tough decisions. There are going to be some guys that won’t make the team that could play somewhere else. Also take [Alexander]  Burmistrov, he looked better today. He looked more like a player today. It’s a hard adjustment with the time frame. He stepped up today so now you have [look closely at him again]. It’s a long way to go, but there are definitely some open positions.”

The Thrashers trimmed their training camp roster by six players Tuesday as forward Ian McKenzie, defensemen Ben Chiarot, Sebastian Owuya and Cody Sol and goaltenders Chris Carrozzi and Edward Pasquale were re-assigned. McKenzie, Carrozzi and Pasquale were set the AHL Chicago. The Wolves begin training camp Monday.  Chiarot (Sudbury, OHL),  Owuya (Medicine Hat, WHL) and Sol (Saginaw, OHL) went to their respective junior teams.

33 comments Add your comment

Joe Friday

September 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

Burmistrov may get the spot that opened up when Cormier broke his foot

Billbert

September 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

RS

September 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

I would imagine that they would really like for Burmistrov to give them a reason to keep him, just to cut down the possibility of future drama. Allegedly he still owes Ak Bars Kazan a year (interestingly the same team that won’t release Kirill Petrov to the Islanders).

KLS1

September 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Yes…they want at least one developmental player on the squad. Cormier will be in Chicago so Burmistrov should be in the NHL

big dog

September 21st, 2010
2:11 pm

How is Andre Deveaux looking he lead the Marlies in scoring and pim”s would be a good 4th liner

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

RS… Burmistrov owes nothing to the KHL contractually.

Darkhorse

September 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Chris-Maybe you can blog for us by period, focusing on how the young guys look? Don’t sweat it too much on the first preseason game.

James Brown

September 21st, 2010
3:16 pm

Burmistrov is getting a big time opportunity to make the club with Cormier`s broken foot………….I just have a gut feeling that he is going to make the team……………Ramsey seems to think he has taken a big step foward…………

Derrick

September 21st, 2010
3:20 pm

Yeah I agree with Darkhorse, maybe just give updates in between periods. I’d hate for you to miss a lot of the action on the ice because you’re continually trying to keep us up to date on what’s happening. But hey it’s up to you, and we’ll appreciate whatever you decide to do.

Derrick

September 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

I agree about Burmistrov making the team. Put him on a line with Pettersson and then sit back and watch the magic happen.

Rhythmpenguin

September 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

You can listen to the game online through the Blue Jackets website: http://bluejackets.nhl.com/

Derrick

September 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

Thanks Rhythm! It would be nice if the game was on t.v. but radio is better than nothing.

RS

September 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

The TSN “Flight Risk” profile on Burmistrov from before the draft. At 2:10 he says in broken English,
“I have one year contract more with KHL Team” I don’t think he ever intends to actually play it out, but buy out his contract if it ever came down to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqhVP4v0JrI

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

From his Yahoo interview…

Where will you spend the next season?

I will be here in North America. I don’t need to have any agreements with the KHL because Ak Bars has already let me go. Everything is great and decided with Ak Bars. I do have a year left on my KHL contract, but this year does not matter. Ak Bars let me go. That’s it.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

RS… I think we’re saying the same thing, but essentially, I don’t think it’s an issue… I don’t think he’ll go back to Ak Bars if he doesn’t make the team.

Grammer PO-lice

September 21st, 2010
4:12 pm

Chris – I believe you meant “sense” rather than “since” in the last paragraph.

I’m watching you…

Gareth Keenan Investigates

September 21st, 2010
4:51 pm

I read the entire blog and didn’t understand a word of it – until I read Grammer’s post. What would we do without good samaritans to point out typos on blogs. Thank you, Grammer

Nate

September 21st, 2010
6:31 pm

Grammer PO-lice – You do realize grammar is spelled with an ‘ar’ not an ‘er’ right?

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
6:33 pm

For what it’s worth: Hainsey, Kane and Little are wearing A’s.

Derrick

September 21st, 2010
7:03 pm

All logical choices for the roster that we’re going with in tonight’s game.

Jonathan

September 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

Nate – nice catch

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

Five minutes left in the first period, Bryan Little scores to make in 2-1 Columbus. Kyle Wilson and Mike Blunden scored early in the first.

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
7:43 pm

First period over. CBJ 2, ATL 1

Derrick

September 21st, 2010
7:45 pm

Thanks for the updates Chris.

Hopefully that’s the first of at least 25 goals for Little this season.

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
8:14 pm

Evander Kane going to lockerroom after crashing into boards. It’s 3-1 CBJs after Oliver Gabriel scored 1:30 into the second period.

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

Kane is back on the ice.

Chris Vivlamore

September 21st, 2010
8:34 pm

Still 3-1 CBJ after two periods.

Sage of Bluesland

September 21st, 2010
9:08 pm

C’mon guys! Where’s that preseason spunk? Win one for Donny and he may get generous.

And I mean actually-returning-emails generous, if you catch my meaning. Thanks, bros.

d

September 21st, 2010
10:27 pm

Here is my take on tonight’s game. Hainsey needs to pretend he’s interested in playing hockey (as i recall, he was a -2 on one shift, as well as was on the ice on PK goal). Pav’s looks worse than last year. Boris at times looked much improved from last year, but other times continued to make stupid turnovers. I was also disappointed with Aliu – he was never able to finish off a play. Eager did not stand out at all.

On the positive side, Kulda was our best d-man tonight. Also, Zubarev made a number of smart plays. Little was the best player on the ice, while Kane shows a lot of energy (perhaps too much – he took a lot of hits). Pettersson certainly improved his chance of making the team. Not sure about Dawes – but he is certainly not afraid to step in a take a hit.

Midfield

September 21st, 2010
11:08 pm

Hey, easy, mr. d! Hainsey is a sure lock to be a captain. He talks a lot. What else do you need?

Curious?

September 22nd, 2010
12:27 am

I know I’m asking for it but here goes…..looked at the game summary….saw that Paquette got a major for fighting Commodore….what happenned there? How did the rest of the game for him? I saw he was paired up with Aliu…
Thanks

Curious?

September 22nd, 2010
12:28 am

oh and…when will they announce the next cuts???