I asked Detroit coach Mike Babcock Wednesday if he thought that the addition of the four players from Chicago – a team he is quite familiar with – would help the Thrashers get over the hump.
Here are his thoughts on the Thrashers and the addition of Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Brent Sopel:
“I’ve been very impressed in the two games I watched Atlanta. There structure is good. They know how to play. They are organized. They are allowing the skill to come out because they are in the right spots to do that. You have to give the coach, his staff and the players a lot of credit. They are doing a good job here. …
“They are getting over the hump. Those players can come here, and they are good players, unless there is some structure and a foundation and a way to be successful it doesn’t matter who came here. They have done two things at the same time. Their back end is very good, in my opinion. We talked about [Byfuglien and Enstrom]. Bogosian is a good player, without any question about it. So you add him to the mix. Hainsey is a good player. Sopel is a good player. Sopel is a good player. That’s six guys that get the puck going. I like what they’ve done with their team. They are playing hard. They are playing smart. They give themselves a chance. And their goaltending has been outstanding. You add it all together, and they have a top-5 power play, it makes them tough.”