Meyer could play forward with Thrashers thinned by injury

Freddy Meyer just might get back in the Thrashers lineup – as a forward.

The defenseman practiced up front on Tuesday with Fredrik Modin  (upper body) and Eric Boulton (hand) nursing injuries. Meyer practiced at forward one day last week when Modin and Jim Slater were held out of practice.

“That’s a possibility,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said of the possibility of Meyer playing forward in Wednesday’s game against Florida. “We are going to look at bringing somebody up but I wouldn’t mind seeing Freddy up front. Freddy was playing very well for us when he got hurt and it would give us a seventh defenseman if something happened. I don’t see any reason Freddy couldn’t play up front in a game or two. He’s got the speed and the tenacity to play anywhere. If that happens, I would be pleased.”

Meyer has missed the past 10 games, four since coming off injured reserve with a mid-body injury. Meyer said he has not been told by the coaching staff if he will play forward Wednesday.

“One time with Islanders I played forward one night for like four or five minutes but a defenseman got hurt so I got recruited back to the back end,” Meyer said. “I haven’t officially played a full game at forward.

“It’s different. As a defenseman you see the whole play and take the whole play in. At forward, you are in the mix for the whole play. There is a bit of an adjustment period. I will go out there, work hard, skate hard and keep it simple.”

Ramsay said he will speak to general manager Rick Dudley to make a final lineup decision. However, he thinks Meyer is capable of making the switch for a game or two.

“I don’t think it’s all that hard,” Ramsay said. “The defensive zone coverage, he should be good at. It’s a matter of coming back and stopping and not thinking you are a defenseman and going back to deep. He has to know when to stop away from the net rather than at the net. Overall, he battles so wall play shouldn’t be an issue. He can skate up and down the ice so that shouldn’t be an issue. He can score a bit. I think it would be fun.”

During Tuesday’s practice, Meyer skated on the left wing on a line with Alexander Burmistrov and Chris Thorburn.

21 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

November 16th, 2010
1:59 pm

Meyer at Forward? Really? Why so scared to call someone up for a few games?

Jameson

November 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

Mike

November 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

Fail. Seriously, fail. Like Jameson said, why not Buff? Or like Alan mentioned, calling someone up. I’d like to see Machacek or Pettersson in action.

Smoothie

November 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Why the hell didn’t they call someone up for practice today before determining if Meyer made more sense over a prospect like Machacek? Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring a guy up and let him practice with his potential line-mates to help with chemistry etc.? This is weird.

Alan R.

November 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Byfuglien won’t be going to forward. He and Enström have some great chemistry.

Russian

November 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

This is interesting move. Meyer will play as Forward. I could not that I am happy or not. We will see at tomorrow.

Smoothie

November 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

If Meyer is left-handed, which I’m pretty sure he is, he must be hell-bent on making sure all of his LW are lefties and all of his RW are righties, but should it really make a difference if a skill guy, like say Antropov, can play the right side on his off-wing?

Russian

November 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Well, they can call Nigel from Chicago. He knows drill and system.

Mike

November 16th, 2010
2:28 pm

@Russian why would they ever call up Dawes? He absolutely was horrible while he was here

Russian

November 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

**to MIke**
I do not know. I just pick Nigel, because he played here few games. Maybe Ramer thinks that players from Wolves cannot understand his system very fast. I know, that Nigel was horrible here.

Thrashers27

November 16th, 2010
2:43 pm

Call up Spencer, or Pettersson.

KLS1

November 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

There is something happening here with salary cap or re-entry waivers…not sure.

How can our prospects prove that they can play in the NHL if they are never given a chance to stand in?

This is not building confidence in developing the team and young players into a winner.

@not_CThorburn

November 16th, 2010
3:21 pm

Freddy can play on my line. He has the square jaw of a Greek God so that’s good enough for me. Chris

@not_CThorburn

November 16th, 2010
3:22 pm

Remember, intimidating looks is half the battle. Now if we can figure out the other half…

Chris

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November 16th, 2010
4:12 pm

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TrueBlue

November 16th, 2010
4:18 pm

Cornbread

November 16th, 2010
5:58 pm

Has Buff not proven enough already what a scoring threat he is from the blueline? Leave him there. As for Meyer, he’d be playing as a 4th liner with low 4th line minutes to replace the two 4th liners who are injured. Think about it people, calling up someone from CHI for a game or two to fill that role may not be worth it. Meyer is a proven NHL pro who can play a shut-down defensive forward position.

da' boomer

November 17th, 2010
9:30 am

what’s the timetable on cormier? why not bring up freddy the fly?

Zombie Steve

November 17th, 2010
11:02 am

There are lookin at the wrong Freddy

Zombie Steve

November 17th, 2010
11:02 am

jeez! I can’t type today.