Thorburn not happy with his recent play

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay reunited the line of Chris Thorburn, Jim Slater and Eric Boulton for Thursday’s game against Minnesota. The coach was looking for another energy line by putting together the three – known as the Greek God line in the past.

“It would be great if they could get it in, run some cycles, playing a little in the offensive zone, maybe bang a few bodies,” Ramsay said. “The fact that they have played together may spark that up. … [Line combinations are] going to change throughout the season. This one was good to go back to.”

One player Ramsay is looking to get a spark from is Thorburn. The coach said he recently took the forward aside because he needed to play the way he did early in the season. He was concerned Thorburn was thinking too much and not being the player who started the season with something to prove.

“The last five games for me personally … are not where I wanted to be,” Thorburn said. “I had a good start and these last games I haven’t been where I need to be as a teammate and I’ve got to bring more to the table. I need to limit my mistakes, have confidence from the coach to put me out there in desperate times because that’s the type of player I want to be. That’s what I want to bring to the team. I have to have a good game and rebound and build off one good game at a time, one good shift at a time.

Thorburn had three goals and an assist in the first five games. He has not had a point in the past 10 games.

In addition to pulling him aside recently, Ramsay put his arm around Thorburn on the bench against Ottawa on Tuesday to offer a technical tip – and moral support.

“He’s trying to keep me positive because hockey is full of ups and downs,” Thorburn said. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself, but at the same time it’s easy to get negative. That’s what he’s trying to keep us from. In Ottawa, he was giving me a tip about what to do in that certain situation. It makes sense after the fact but hockey is so fast and you have to be a step ahead and that’s where I’m not. I’m thinking way too much which puts me behind the eight ball. I have to go out there and start having fun like I did the first six or seven games.”

20 comments Add your comment

Zombie Steve

November 11th, 2010
2:29 pm

JLC

November 11th, 2010
2:33 pm

Hockey sucks! Trashers suck! Go North forever!

Brendan

November 11th, 2010
2:59 pm

In the first few games of the season, Chris Thorburn was our statistical leader, in every category. He shouldn’t expect to get back there, but likewise, he shouldn’t fall back to the caboose of the train. Nobody should expect a whole lot from a 3rd line forward. Thorburn would do well to start adding some more pluses to his +/- stat.

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

East Point Bob

November 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

This jlc IDIOT, must be a jeorgia feetball fan, whoeles in this world would write something so Stupid !!

Hey IDIOT… Can the little dwag or dawg even read ????? Burn down uga !!!!!!

JLC

November 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

East Point Bob…you’re the IDIOT! You like hockey and you can’t even spell!! UGAy can leave town with the Trashers. That would be PERFECT!

Flagstaff

November 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, upon further examination, I have discovered that JLC is no other than… Don Waddell himself! That’s right, folks! You heard it here first!

Zombie Steve

November 11th, 2010
4:25 pm

JLC is the biggest Thrashers fan I’ve seen on here in awhile. He manages to post on every write up.

Zombie Steve

November 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

A dimmer, dumber Sage

Thrashpuppy

November 11th, 2010
9:01 pm

Hope with the talks from Ramsey, Thorbs will start to get back some confidence and start improving again.

As for the other subject of responses, I prefer not to feed the trolls.

Swami

November 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

Thorburg story good, but Swami more interested that Kovy stinking it up in Jersey. That and Miami Heat blowing big lead to Utah other night make Swami want to dance with joy!

Brendan

November 11th, 2010
9:50 pm

Nice win, tonight. Scoring from all lines. Pavelec, a solid effort in net. Minnesota couldn’t get any sustained pressure. Replay at 11PM.

MM

November 11th, 2010
11:18 pm

Playoffs for thrashers
I will provide jlc with a free ticket for his/her first pro event!

JB21

November 12th, 2010
12:17 am

JLC you neeed to find an unlucky lady to occupy your time

stendek

November 12th, 2010
7:53 am

ron mexico

November 12th, 2010
8:01 am

Greek Gods play great per usual, this means Rammer will change that line next game.

Flames

November 12th, 2010
8:35 am

The Thrashers finally played a complete game…Great game on both ends of the ice….We need more games and effort like this one.

smokeybear

November 12th, 2010
12:20 pm

Dams just found out there some stupid Relgious crap going on at the dome during the PENS game.. 40000 going to be downtown for it. should make marta pure hell

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 13th, 2010
9:31 am

This has been one hell of a sports week in Atlanta (no thanks to the Hawks…)

kracker

November 13th, 2010
11:52 am

Don’t feed the trolls.