Leave It To Peever…And Moose

When there is a low scoring game in baseball, they call it a pitching duel. In football it’s known as a defensive struggle. In soccer, when there is very little scoring, it’s called…well, it’s called soccer.

But what we were treated to Friday night from Sunrise, Florida was a fantastic battle of the goalies as the Thrashers’ Johan Hedberg and Florida’s Craig Anderson put on a wonderful performance between their respective pipes. Moose stopped 35 of Florida’s 36 shots on goal while his counterpart turned away 29 of Atlanta’s 32. That’s a collective 64 saves on 68 SOG, a .941 SV% between the two. Really, it wasn’t as much the amount of saves in as much as it was the quality of so many of the stops. For a low-scoring game, there certainly was a great deal of action in front of the nets.

Hedberg made quite a few truly nice ones, including stopping a couple of breakaway attempts. But by far the save of the night belonged to Anderson as he denied Jimmy Slater in the middle of the second to keep the score tied at one. Slates broke free at the blueline and came in on the 27-year old native of Park Ridge, Illinois, forcing Anderson to the ice as he moved right to left. Anderson then stopped the shot with his right leg while on his belly and then curled the puck in with his raised leg, cradling it into the back of his knee.

A real beauty, eh?

I almost…almost… felt bad for the Panthers’ net-minder at the end of the game when he got caught in no-man’s land trying to flee the ice to allow the extra attacker to come on to try and tie the score… Todd White’s long-range shot was just out of his spawling reach.

Outside of that, the only Thrasher that could solve the Anderson conundrum was Rich Peverley, who snapped a 10-game stretch without a goal by netting two. He scored the initial goal of the game 2 minutes and 23 seconds into the second period after taking a pass from Colby Armstrong, moved in between the circles and snapped off a wrister to beat Anderson.

The lead didn’t last long as Gregory Campbell even it up not four minutes later.

The Peever…who is the unanimous pick for the “Jackie Blue Player of the Year Award”… put the Thrashers on top for good 11 minutes and 6 seconds into the third. As Peverley came in from the right circle, Florida’s defenders seemed to be more worried about Colby Armstrong on the far post and left a wide path for him to take advantage of…which he did nicely!

Shortly after the Pevs Dispenser…tipping hat to The Blueland Chronicle… put the Thrashers ahead, the defense had to kill off a horrendous call by the refs…a “holding” penalty on Boris Valabik.

Then Hedberg and the Thrashers held off the Panthers assault the rest of the way. Florida out-shot Atlanta 11-4 in the final period but Moose was more than up to the task. The one time he was not able to get to the puck in time, Chris Thorburn was there to get a stick in on the puck to deny Nathan Horton of his 22nd goal of the season…one that would have put Florida up a goal at the time.

The Pevs Dispenser

The Pevs Dispenser (Complements of Aaron of Blueland Outsider)

Johan Hedberg won for the fourth consecutive time after being called on to relieve Kari Lehtonen who was injured last week against the Rangers. Moose has won five straight and seven of his last eight decisions.

Moose is now 13-10-3 for the season.

Thrashers Are Spoiling Them Rotten

Once again the Thrashers played the role of spoiler to perfection…keeping a much needed pair of points from a Panther team desperately trying to scratch and claw their way into a possible playoff birth. Earlier in the week they delivered a set-back in Buffalo’s playoff hopes…last week they made life a bit tougher on New York.

It’s a role they have taken on with pride lately.

Friday’s loss leaves Florida two points behind the 8th-place New York Rangers and three behind the 7th-place Canadiens. They have four games remaining to try and make up the difference…against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlanta again and then Washington.

That’s not exactly a walk in the park, is it?

Before playing the Panthers again on Thursday night, Atlanta will lace ‘em up for a home-n-home series with the Capitals. Sunday afternoon’s matinee will be in D.C. and Tuesday will see the action take place on the ice of Philips Arena. Washington is currently trying to hold off New Jersey for that second seed in the Eastern Conference, so the Thrashers have yet another chance to help gum-up the works for another opponent.

So, Where Does This All Leave Us?

The win in Florida, combined with Tampa Bay’s OT loss to New Jersey clinches 4th place in the Southeast Division. It also means the Thrashers can finish no lower than 13th in the east and no lower than 27th in the NHL.

Atlanta is now sitting 26th overall in the league standing, one point ahead of Los Angeles and one point behind Phoenix. Those two teams play each other tonight in LA.

Ottawa is 2 points ahead of the Thrashers…Toronto is three. Those two teams are 12th and 11th in the east and 25th and 24th in the NHL overall standings. The Senators do have a game in hand on the Leafs and Thrashers, however.

51 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

April 3rd, 2009
11:22 pm

Another one bites the dust…another one down…another one down

Brett

April 3rd, 2009
11:42 pm

Another great game by the Thrashers!!! If this is JA’s system…………..I like it. The team is exciting to watch these days. You don’t get that sinking feeling when they fall behind because you KNOW this team can comeback. FUN…FUN..FUN to watch!

Injun Joe

April 4th, 2009
12:10 am

I like whats been going on here since January or so. This team is on a roll, on fire if you will. They are playing very well and it gives me much hope for the next season. Lets spoil some more before the season ends.

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
12:17 am

Well, that’s four in-a-row. That’s the 3rd time this year that the Thrashers have won four in-a-row. John Anderson was frustrated that this didn’t click in November. He cited a few things, in the post game press conference, that surprised me. Anderson said, “we lost Schneider for 17-18 games. We lost Kari for 20 games on the season. Bogosian’s broken bone sidelined him. It took its toll.”

Okay, any of those things “False?” No. But that’s not why the team lost. It lost for a myriad of reasons. The team didn’t have Peverley. The team had the aged Schneider and Havelid, and the largely useless Jason Williams (though he’s done relatively well in Columbus). It had the largely ineffective Erik Christensen (excluding shootouts), too. When it got younger, after the trade deadline, it improved. Plus, I think the team has had better play out of Slater and Hedberg.

It all adds up to a group of Thrashers who are eager to prove they belong in the NHL, who want to OWN their roster spots for the coming season. This the ‘youth movement’ that didn’t take place between 1999-2003. I think this group of ‘young’ Thrashers believes in themselves. Many of them were drafted here, are getting ice time here, and want to succeed … well … HERE . Those are GOOD things.

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
12:28 am

Chicago clinched a playoff spot. Of course, we saw this coming. But, it wasn’t a certainty coming out of training camp. It’s their 1st playoff berth since 2002, when they were dominated by St. Louis, 4-1. I hope they draw Columbus in the 1st round.

Points #73 and #74 were earned tonight. That eliminated Bob in the points contest. Russ and ThrasherNY are still alive at 74. Thrashers27, sweetlew and Michael B. Shapiro are still alive, at 82-points.

For those keeping an eye on the “Marty Reasoner watch,” three (3) other NHL teams announced contract extensions for their players TODAY. Translation: They signed players DURING THE SEASON. And there’s no reason Atlanta cannot do the same thing with Reasoner. It’s a fact that Atlanta owns Marty’s rights. So, if they lose this player, because of this policy, it’s a self-inflicted wound .

R. Stroz

April 4th, 2009
12:32 am

Brendan – “largely useless Jason Williams”??

He almost single handedly kept Kovy’s point totals down this season. Was there a better way to have kept Kovy’s potential new contract a little lower?

LOL

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
12:40 am

Glovesave29, Tim Thomas got locked up for $20 million over 4 years. What do you think about it?

Michael B. Shapiro

April 4th, 2009
12:43 am

Believe me, I’d love to win the points contest this year. 82 would require that we run the table in the remaining 4 games. That would establish a new mark of 8 in a row. Some tough matches ahead, but if they keep playing well and Boris stops taking dumb penalties and learns to clear the puck, we might have a chance.
Good game tonight. Tough, persistent, they WANT to win and are finding ways to make it happen.
Go Blue!

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
12:50 am

R.Stroz, remember something else Coach Anderson said, “He wanted Kovy to shoot less.” Only fairly recently, has JA said, “Kovy’s to be a shooter again.” But I agree with you. Jason Williams wasn’t a blessing from Free Agency. I thought Waddell’s parting comments were hilarious. “I guess we wouldn’t be trading him if we were entirely happy with him.”

Huh?

I think Waddell tossed in a double negative there. ‘Guess’ implies doubt or negativity. ‘Wouldn’t’ is a clear negative. Then there’s that ever confusing “entirely happy.” As opposed to “happy,” or “partially happy.” Hey, I forgot what we got for Williams? I want to say we got a D-man prospect. Did we get a pick, too?

I’ve largely repressed the Williams “experiment.”

R. Stroz

April 4th, 2009
12:58 am

Brendan – The Atlanta Thrashers traded Jason Williams to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Clay Wilson and a 6th round pick in this year’s draft. The 6th round pick is San Jose’s.

R. Stroz

April 4th, 2009
1:01 am

Brendan – In comparison to Waddell, Anderson is quickly learning what works in the NHL.

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
1:23 am

Well, R.Stroz, Anderson is used to winning . Bah-dum-pump. Waddell is used to owning a lottery draft selection. Clay Wilson, eh? What’s the story there? Is he YEARS AWAY, or is this someone who will be invited to camp, with a serious chance at a roster spot?

Since San Jose is a strong Cup contender, that sixth round pick might be selection #180, overall, in the draft. Man, I don’t even think we can package that one. We’re pretty much bound to select someone. That’s precisely the area of the draft where I’d look to the Swedish column, and see who’s still left.

Brendan

April 4th, 2009
1:32 am

Michael B. Shapiro, don’t stop believin’. The dance isn’t over until the music stops. An eight game winning streak would allow Waddell some credibility that he’s iced a fairly decent team. Imagine, “Opening Night” in 2009, with the possibility of a setting another new franchise record for wins?

Speculation is fun. That’s why we do it. When what is speculated does not occur, we say that REALITY has set in. The reality of the moment is that … Atlanta is playing some pretty good hockey. Maybe it’s due to having nothing to lose? There’s an easyness that accompanies that. Maybe it’s due to knowing that quality play may result in a contract extension or an invitation back to camp next year? There’s a few roster spots up for grabs.

stendec

April 4th, 2009
1:34 am

Why the delay in posting? I simply cannot believe what I am seeing. This simply cannot be the same team from earlier this season. WOW! Moose allowed a single goal in 60 minutes. WOW! A pressure tie-breaking marker then a clinching empty netter. WOW! Where were these guys during those embarrassing losing streaks? I know where one is (on the sidelines where he will hopefully remain for the duration). But the others? WOW! Well done everyone. This team will not reach the playoffs but few teams bound for that Holy showcase are playing any better than the Thrashers right now. WOW!

Tony C.

April 4th, 2009
1:38 am

Wow.

Just wow.This stretch has been delightful, a team that doesn’t quit, and guys that aren’t european who score (NO DISRESPECT MEANT BY THAT).

I want to believe, but I’m so scared of what Jar-Jar and The Gang That Couldn’t Sue Straight might (not) do this summer.

LAC

April 4th, 2009
2:33 am

AMOTHER GREAT GAME… WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since 2/1 we are 11-4,not many top US!!!!!!

But YET AGAIN, I keep hearing this, Florida losing to one of the worst teams in the Eastern Confrence. Lowly Atlanta Thrashers, Bottom feeders,
all these names. Nobody says that of Tampa who has what 24 wins this season, or even the Island,and you NEVER hear them rag on Colorado or
Phoenix… Only the awful Thrashers.

Well these people need to shut the HELL UP ! Esp these Canada fans, little whiners, We will beat out those LOSERS from Ottawa and sure to whip Hapless Tampa and Dreadful NYI and Terrible Colorado…

Sure we had a BAD start, but the second half has been a lot better
and the improvement has been amazing to say the least !

So these so called experts need to show us a LOT more respect and rag on the real stinkers TB/NYI/Colo… Not Atlanta !

LAC

April 4th, 2009
3:08 am

One last onefor those SlugO fans, Your announcer rick jennerret is simply THE WORST IN PRO SPORTS. HESUCKS !!! Screams like a little kid, makes STUPID comments and acts like somee escaped Looney !

Just THE WORST and don’t FORGET IT ! I am SICK of hearing it on tv !

Smitty

April 4th, 2009
6:22 am

The young guys are coming through once given the chance thanks to JA and Randy Cunneyworth. Couple of good prospects in Kulda and Esposito. Will DW be able to talk a UFA with some size and skill to sign and compete with these Thrashers?

Get The Puck Out

April 4th, 2009
8:05 am

Has anyone heard anything about the ASG court case?

Alan

April 4th, 2009
8:40 am

Get The Puck Out, we won’t hear anything more until May, where we will find out how the judge rules. A few days later, the losing party will file an appeal.

LAC

April 4th, 2009
8:56 am

With WIN last evening… We were again eliminated from finishing below either Tampa or Colorado. We own series edge on both in the event of a points tie.

So, where can we end up ? We could still move ahead of Ottawa/Phoenix
Toronto and LA. If we lose out we will stay where we are, we can only improve our overall league standing and cannot finish any worst than where we are now… Because the teams below us points wise cannot
catch us… and if TB/Colo do we own the tie breaker.

I believe the last 6 teams get in the ping pong chance for top pick…

So if we beat out Ottawa/Toronto/Phoenix… we have NO BALLS !

But a great finish, Like Alan agreed(WOW) Let’s get a couple more scorers and a solid D man and change the playing field.

Would Dustin Penner fit here ? He aint makin it in Edmonton…

What’s the word on this Ilya Nucklin ? Any chance HE could be here next season ?… Which goalie goes ???? I know standic’s choice…
Maybe mine too !!!!!! Let’s hope for a good effort Sunday in DC.

Glovesave29

April 4th, 2009
9:43 am

So wait…where are all the Florida fans? Don’t they know they are supposed to invade our blog today and rag on us for beating them?

Brendan…Thomas is a a battler, the perfect mentality for a goalie. I just don’t understand Boston spending that kind of money on a goalie before they know what the salary cap will be. $5M might be a bargain, or it may hamstring them and force them to sell off parts to get under the cap later on.

Tom

April 4th, 2009
9:52 am

I have been reading the comments of the other team after playing the Thrashers and they are almost the same. We did not have it tonight, we could not find our rhythm, we were out of sorts.

In the past those comments rarely came up against the Thrashers. But I am realizing that the speed of the team and Anderson’s system is confounding the other teams, throwing them off their game.

If Waddell does not screw things up too much over the off season this team will have some potential next year.

Rawhide

April 4th, 2009
9:59 am

glovesave29 – Actually I was thinking, “Where are all the Florida fans…period“.

The Panthers are in the midst of a great playoff run…the team decided to keep Bouwmeester at the trade deadline, making a commitment to the post-season now…it was a Friday night matchup on the next-to-last weekend of the season…a win would have raised them up to a tie for the eigth playoff spot with NYR…and what was the announced attendance?

15,945

That is just about the same figure announced at Atlanta’s last home game, played on a Wednesday night and being out of playoff contention since December. And, no…there were not 13K Sabres fans in the house.

BankAtlantic Center holds 19,250 for hockey….and there were tons of empty seasts down low from the looks of it on TV. This from a team trying to get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in…what…a decade?

Remember when 2 and 3 years back the Thrashers were making a run at the playoffs? Tickets to a weekend game during that run were very hard to come by and Philips was packed!

If this Thrashers team were in the same position the Panthers are, Blueland would be THE place to be in Atlanta. Recent history shows that.

God-almighty…October cannot get here quick enough!

five_hole

April 4th, 2009
10:27 am

If you asked me at the beginning of the season, who would turn in the defensive play of the year, one of the last people I would have picked was Chris Thorburn. What an outstanding play. Football measures “big plays” in terms of 20 yards or more; I measure Hockey “big plays” in inches. One or two inches less, and Horton would have scored.

I also did a double take when Hainsey decided to get physical in front of our net. WTF? Who lit the fire under our big money FA acquisition? If he continues to play like that, he may deserve second pairing consideration.

See you tomorrow at T.J.’s!

Midfield

April 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

I just wanted to recognize Army’s effort: he was getting the living lights beat out of him on the boards yesterday night. It was not pretty, but it paid off with two barely noticeable assists on Perverly’s goals.

Alan

April 4th, 2009
2:28 pm

LAC, I personally feel that our chances of getting Nikulin over here are better now than they were last year. If I remember correctly, he still had a contract to play in Kazan this year. There was also the money situation to think about.

That contract for Kazan should officially be fulfilled (again, if I’m remembering correctly), which takes care of one bump in the road. The big thing is money.

Nikulin has shown he most certainly can play. Our hands are tied, though, as far as how much we can pay him for an entry level contract ($1m max, as per CBA; bonuses not included). Like last year, he will not want to spend any time in Chicago, unless it’s injury rehab work. Even with the economy problem in Russia right now (being that the value of oil has fallen dramatically), I’m sure most teams there can still afford to pay him what he’s looking for.

It will be interesting to see if we can get this done. I believe we have a pretty good chance, but this is also our last year to get it done.

As far as a forward acquisition, what does everyone think about Gaborik? He’ll be looking to prove that he can play full, injury free seasons, and will likely take less money to do so (he’s in no position to demand a big payday, after all). Levenson did say in his so-called interview that while our payroll would remain at about the same level, he would open the checkbook if that opportunity arises.

Just a thought.

Atlanta would still have a chance to win the lottery even after falling out of 26th position, they would just move up to the #2 or #3 position. With that, we could still grab a top notch center like Duchene or Kane. The odds are quite against us for that, but it’s happened a few times before. Regardless, if we can grab a top center, that’s very likely one less thing we need to worry about during free agency.

Glovesave29

April 4th, 2009
2:33 pm

Alan, Minnesota has ended contract negotiations with Gaborik. To me, that speaks in volumes.

smoothie

April 4th, 2009
4:23 pm

Amen Rawhide!! I for one cannot wait for Oct now. Talk about your sweet-bitter endings to the season!! I know we still have some areas to adress but I believe in my heart Kovy will re-sign and things are gonna turn for the better. One more scorer and perhaps a D-man. Problem is do we know if Kari is a franchise goalie or not?

As for sunday at TJ’s, we cannot make it due to a scheduling change if u will. But we will see u at Blueland for 4/9 and the grand finale om 4/11

Alan

April 4th, 2009
5:26 pm

Does it, glovesave? He is a prolific scorer and someone who could definitely add a huge scoring punch to the second line. It would also allow us to put Army back on the third line.

I have heard that Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, is difficult to work with. Perhaps that influenced his decision to walk.

Lastly, a message for D-Wad: SIGN REASONER! NOW!

Alan

April 4th, 2009
5:42 pm

Glovesave29

April 4th, 2009
8:11 pm

Yeah Alan, to me it says the Wild know something about his injury that they do not want to risk millions on him. I am sure the GM had a CTJ with the trainers and team doctors before deciding to let Gaborik walk. With the tightening cap, it puts the team at too much of a disadvantage with millions tied up in a superstar on the shelf.

Alan

April 4th, 2009
8:28 pm

Or it could simply be the GM frustrated with trying to fight a losing battle. Sort of like Waddell with Hossa.

I douibt we’ll end up with him in the offseason, but he does fit our system. He wants to be unleased offensively, ala Kovalchuk, instead of held back. The system Minnesota plays doesn’t allow that, but the system Atlanta plays does.

I just think you’re reading a little too much into it, and giving him a shot for two years at 5.5m-6m wouldn’t hurt, and would give Gaborik incentive to stay healthy so he can eventually snag his big payday. A payday he has yet to earn. We have the cap room, after all, even after signing our RFAs and re-signing Kovalchuk.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 4th, 2009
9:19 pm

Gaborik, when healthy, is a ~.90 point per game player. The “when healthy” is obviously the biggest concern with him, especially since the CBA does not allow for incentive laden contracts. I’ve said before that, if the money worked correctly and didn’t hamstring the franchise for re-signing Kovalchuk, I would LOVE to see him in Atlanta. With a one-year contract I imagine he’d be inspired to play pretty good hockey. If Atlanta could convince him, they’d be much better with him in the fold (even if it’s only for 30 games).

Glovesave29

April 5th, 2009
9:20 am

Alan, I cannot put Risebrough and Waddell on the same plane. They have been a model of efficiency and stability…and we have (for the most part) been a train wreck. I think this is much more of them not wanting Gaborik instead of vice versa. Think about it – they are not trying to resign him AND not trying to move him. To me that says they don’t want to pass damaged goods along knowing that will adversely affect their reputation and ability to trade in the future. At least if Gaborik signs as a UFA, the Wild cannot be accused of trading a player they know is injured.

kracker

April 5th, 2009
11:27 am

I plan to be at TJ’s but hopefully I will be a bit late. If I’m there at game time it means I lost early in the monthly poker tournament over off of Delk Road. This is my first time to qualify for the tourney so I have a big day ahead!

GO THRASH!!!!!!

Jameson

April 5th, 2009
12:57 pm

I’d love to make it to TJ’s, but unfortunately I’m sitting at work, and will be here until 8pm.

Cobra Lalalalalala!!

April 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

Can’t wait for this game to start

Thrashers27

April 5th, 2009
3:59 pm

I hate to admit it and I’m sorry, but there is a large part of me that is rooting for the Thrashers to lose every game for the rest of the season. I’d love to see the boys play well, but lose. At this point, they have nothing to prove. They have the ability to play and compete with any team in the league. All they’re doing now is screwing themselves out of a top tier draft pick. Forgive me, Blueland, but I’m thinking “big picture” now.

smoothie

April 5th, 2009
4:32 pm

Kovy from Little gives the Thrashers the lead back! 3 to 2 and now on the PP. They have stepped up the physical play and gotten the Caps back on their heels. PP has really gotten stagnant and we seem more aggressive short handed. C’mon 2nd unit!!

smoothie

April 5th, 2009
4:36 pm

Time to put Bogey on the PP cuz Enstrom is too reluctant to shoot. Cant go to Kovy every time!!

Chris

April 5th, 2009
4:50 pm

I agree and disagree with Thrashers27. I’d love to see Kane, Duchene, or Schenn here myself, but if the teams above us win, there’s no reason we can’t keep a win streak going and still get a lottery pick. I’ll be cheering for Toronto, Ottawa, Phoenix, and L.A. to win their games this week to stay above us in points. If we found a way to win out and get a top 5 draft pick, that’d be the perfect way to end this season.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 5th, 2009
5:13 pm

Just out of curiosity Thrashers27, what “big picture” player is this team realistically playing themselves out of? In my opinion there are plenty of options in the first 10 picks, so any victories do not drive the team out of the area of getting an impact player, long term. But, I’m curious who you’re worried about missing out on.

Thrashers27

April 5th, 2009
5:21 pm

I’m not thinking of any player in particular, but I would like to see the team in the running for the lotto…a remote shot at Tavares, or Hedman. Ultimately, I want to see a pick that would be able to contribute immediately/next season.

stendec

April 5th, 2009
5:50 pm

Moose did his best Carrie Letemin impression. Bye bye winning streak! Against a group of marginally talented losers. What a painful defeat! Four of the five goals were of the marshmallow variety. An empty netter just added insult to injury! Guess I got spoiled by solid effort. This was a completely uninspired debacle by the guys with fowls on their uniforms! Dreams of winning out are now history. Guess guy with issues will be back next game. Now instead of winning out it will be losing out! Oh well. It was nice while it lasted. Reality has set back in! More is the pity.

five_hole

April 5th, 2009
5:57 pm

I just got home from TJ’s, and for those of you who couldn’t make it, there were a lot of people there. We were having a really good time, until the 3rd period. I gotta say, it just drains you when you see the team giving a great effort, and then stupid mistakes, penalties and brain farts rob you of a win. On the other hand, you gotta appreciate the talent on the Crapitals, in eeking out a win they shouldn’t have gotten.

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you in person that I get to talk to, albeit anonymously. I hope to be able to do it again.

B. Thenet

April 5th, 2009
6:19 pm

Good Lord Valabik was terrible today. He has the power to make any defenseman on the ice with him look like a total fool.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 5th, 2009
6:35 pm

T27 — I understand what you’re saying…I’m sure every fan of the team would like the remote chance of obtaining Tavares or Hedman in the draft. However, I think it’s possible for the team to end the season on a relatively good note and still retain the slim chance (I definitely don’t expect the team to win the lottery, though). I’ve already resigned myself to the reality that neither player are likely to be in Atlanta, and looking beyond pick 3 there are still plenty of options. In fact, I’d consider the options down to pick 12 are filled with players to be excited about for the long term impact they can have for the Thrashers.

As for immediate impact, I’m honestly not sure if there are players able to contribute next year at the level we want, outside of Tavares. Hedman is always a possibility, and I’m sure several others will see plenty of ice time, but to make an IMPACT is completely different than to suit up for a rookie campaign. Bogosian, Schenn and Doughty made impacts, arguably Bailey and Stamkos made impacts as well…so it’s always possible we see someone other than the obvious #1 pick to contribute immediately, I just don’t consider it likely.

R. Stroz

April 5th, 2009
9:13 pm

Brendan – Who’s left standing in the points contest? In other words, who picked from 74 to 80 points.

Rawhide

April 5th, 2009
9:32 pm

Five_Hole – Yup, TJs was a blast this afternoon…well, all except for the outcome of the game that is. Tim and Mark always make for great hosts, do they not?

Thanks to all the 35-40 who came out and made watching the game so much fun!

Brendan

April 6th, 2009
9:19 pm

I don’t have the list with me right now, but I can check it later for you. Everyone who had 82-points just got eliminated, and there were three of them. I’ll just to get an update in tomorrow.

Absent that, I posted a roll call of points by poster a few blogs back. But these blogs roll over so quickly, that it may take a fair degree of searching.