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.