This will be a short blog as I am swamped getting all by Thrashers season preview stories finished for Friday’s paper.
As I reported yesterday, it appears that Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the season opener against the Capitals. Coach Craig Ramsay said he has made up his mind but would not reveal the decisions. My indications, in part based on his comments Wednesday, are that Pavelec will get the nod. I will report the official news from Friday’s pre-game skate.
I talked to Andrew Ladd about being named one of the alternate captains. This is the first time he will wear an ‘A’ above the junior level. Here is some of what he said:
“It’s an honor to be chosen for sure. It’s not going to change my approach to anything. We have a lot of guys in here that can step up at different times if we need it. … It doesn’t really change anything except now I can go talk to the refs sometime.”
The lines remained the same for the past three days, so here is another look at the combinations:
One last thing, I thought you might be interested in. I did a question and answer piece with Johnny Oduya as part of the preview. Check out this question and his answer.
Q. What is the biggest difference between last year and this year?
A. I would say the coaching staff and everything surrounding the team I think has gotten more professional this year than last year. That’s something I think is key for the long run. You want to stay consistent. To do that, you have to do the same things over and over again and be disciplined in certain areas. Even with that said, you still want to have fun and be creative and use your skills. I would say the coaching staff has provided us that this year.