Ladd off to fastest start of career

Andrew Ladd is making the most of his increased role with the Thrashers. The forward is off to the fastest start on his NHL career, one year after being traded to Atlanta from Stanley Cup winning Chicago.

Ladd is off to a point-a-game start with eight points (three goals, five assists) in eight games. In his two seasons, with Chicago, Ladd’s eighth point came in Game No. 19. In his first season, after being called up by Carolina (2005-06) he scored four goals in his first seven games. It still took him 15 games to reach eight points.

“Usually I’m pretty slow off the start,” Ladd said. “The last three years the first 10 games I really didn’t produce much.”

Ladd says the reason is simple. He is getting more playing time – on special teams and even strength. In Chicago, Ladd primarily played 5-on-5 hockey.

“I’m playing a lot,” Ladd said. “It keeps you in the game more when you are playing power play, penalty kill and even strength. That’s the good thing about [coach Craig Ramsay]. He tries to keep everyone in the game.

“… Only playing 5-on-5 sometimes there are a lot of penalties and you are sitting there waiting, waiting, waiting. It’s tough to stay in the game. If you are out there for PK it keeps you in the game, it keeps your legs going. I found that’s helped a lot.”

You can count Ladd as one of the Thrashers not happy with the team’s 3-4-1 start – including two games against Washington and Tampa Bay and a West Coast road trip.

“I’m not happy with it,” he said. “I think we as a team shouldn’t be happy with it. I think there were a lot of games were if we would have put in a better effort we would have gotten a better result. I think the game in L.A. was there for us to take. We didn’t show up against Tampa. The last game against Washington we played well enough to win, we just made mental errors at the bad times. Those are the things we have to get committed to doing because we are just pretty much giving away points.”

24 comments Add your comment

TrueBlue

October 27th, 2010
9:40 am

I really do like Ladd. I could definitely tell in the past 2 games that he has been really fired up and playing very physical hockey. I hope that he can continue on a positive pace and end up with a career year. Hm…big surprise. A player comes to Atlanta and has a career year…Interesting.

Now if we could only get Peverley and Little going we will be set…

Dwayne

October 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Nice comment by Ladd. Accountability….

thebighairybeast

October 27th, 2010
9:54 am

We need more players to take the mentality of Ladd. Awesome pick up for us. I really like this guy.

Zombie Steve

October 27th, 2010
10:02 am

get’um Ladd

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Attaboy, Laddy.

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J-man

October 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Playing here is a great opportunity for Ladd to show that he can be more than a 3rd line player. There is a lot to like about his game.

Brendan

October 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

I’ve always like the ‘Tude that Ladd brought to every team he’s played for. He didn’t offer up an “it is what it is” when he got here. He was positive, enthusiastic, and eager to impart what has helped him with two previous Stanley Cup with Carolina and Chicago. I just wished we could have locked him up, contractually. I guess, we still technically have that opportunity.

lordstan57

October 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

lordstan57

October 27th, 2010
1:26 pm

Wasn’t sure if that cut/paste was going to work.
The answer would appear to be obvious.

My apologies. Looks like hell huh?

Hockey Biltong

October 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

“A” for effort!

BUZZ`

October 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

The Trasher have started the season???????

Tom Lysiak

October 27th, 2010
3:02 pm

Exactly the kind of leadership this team needs. We need to see him locked into a long-term deal, sooner rather than later.

Sam

October 27th, 2010
3:48 pm

Atlanta: Land of Opportunity. Nice to see guys filling that leadership gap. Ladd’s got my early vote for captain.

Getting traded off the Stanley Cup winner had to be disappointing. Probably coming to ATL wasn’t anyone’s first choice (as if they had one). But I really respect the way Ladd (and Byfuglien) has taken on the challenge of playing on a young team with less success, and stepped up his game and contributions.

Michael

October 27th, 2010
5:40 pm

ladd is 100% the man we need for captain

lordstan57

October 27th, 2010
5:45 pm

At 24???? Two rings!!!
Yep, sign him LONG TERM!!
He brings the kind of CHARACTER to a TEAM that you want.

GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!!

lordstan57

October 27th, 2010
5:47 pm

Tommy L.!!!!!!
Saw you play brother!
One of THE BEST players to ever skate for this city.
:)

Tom Lysiak

October 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

lordstan57 – I’m using Tommy’s name on here for the very reason you mentioned. He was my favorite Flame ever and definitely is to be mentioned in discussions of the best here. Go Thrashers!!!

lordstan57

October 28th, 2010
12:40 am

Absolutely!
He and Eric Vail. Plett, Phillipof, Chouinard, Bouchard,
Good times man, good times.

And NEVER , EVER , FORGET…… DA BOOMER!!!!
“Shoot da puck, shoot Da puck!”.
Kinda like “Go, Go, Go !” Huh?

What was Vail’s nickname “The A-Train”??

“Live hockey, Love Thrashers!”

lordstan57

October 28th, 2010
9:35 am

lordstan57

October 28th, 2010
9:36 am

Tom Lysiak

October 28th, 2010
1:26 pm

good reads lordstan57!! I also liked Willi Plett, Ken Houston and Curt Bennett. Let me throw a name at you that should bring back interesting memories…..Richard Mulhern.

JS

October 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

You can tell by his comments he is use to winning (not whinning). Sign him long term and put a C on his chest. we need more like him in order to turn this thing around.

NHL Ready

October 29th, 2010
8:42 am

I would hope the Thrashers would find a Captain sooner rather than later like their normal trend. Get it done and lets play some Hockey