Thrasherville Welcomes Its Newest Citizen, Kane

OK…you just knew that the “Citizen Kane” line was coming, so don’t act all surprised when you saw it in the header!

As so many of you already know, Don Waddell and the Atlanta Thrashers did indeed select Evander Kane…the 6′-1″ 176 pound native of Vancouver who plays for the Giants of the WHL with the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft. As I am sure was the case all over Thrasherville…when Don Waddell made it official, the assembled masses at TJ’s erupted with loud approval.

Naturally, this is the big news outa the weekend, but there were other players that became the property of the Thrashers organization as well.

Here’s the run-down on how rounds two through seven went…

Second Round
4th pick/34th overall – Carl Klingberg: 6′-3″, 205 lb. left winger from Sweden.
15th pick/45th overall – Jeremy Morin: 6′-1″, 198 lb. left winger U.S. U-18 team

Fourth Round
26th pick/117th overall – Edward Pasquele: 6′-2″, 218 lb. goalie of Saginaw, (OHL).
29th pick/120th overall – Ben Chirot: 6′-2:, 211 lb. defender of Guelph, (OHL).

Fifth Round
4th pick/125th overall – Cody Sol: 6′-4″, 215 lb. defender of Saginaw, (OHL).

Sixth Round
4th pick/155th overall – Jimmy Bubnick: 6′-2″, 194 lb. center for Kaloops, (WHL).

Seventh Round
4th pick/185th overall – Levko Koper: 6′-0″ 180 lb. left winger for Spokane, (OHL).
22nd pick/203rd overall – Jordan Samuels-Thomas: 6′-3″, 198 lb. left winger of Waterloo, (USHL).

So…four left wingers, a pair of centers and defenders as well as one goalkeeper. And not one of them under six-feet in height. The Thrashers system just got bigger, wouldn’t you say?

Now, About Friday Night…

What an amazing turnout Friday night for what was dubbed ”Rawhide’s Draftapalooza 2009 Party at TJ’s”…it was truley a wonderful time. I move we make it the site of the Draftapalooza Party next summer too…wadda-ya think? However, if we keep growing in numbers the way we have since starting these events at TJ’s last winter, Tim might just have to build out an extra wing for us all.

It was an absolute pleasure seeing so many of the regulars again and the many new faces that showed up as well. Hopefully you’ll all return again for the fun during the season. AJC Thrashers beat writer Chris Vivalmore’s attendance there also helped add to the fun…thanks for dropping in Viv! Oh, and I know everyone enjoyed meeting Atlanta Flames goalie Dan Bouchard and former Toronto Maple leaf Kurt Walker as much as I did.

I would also like to thank Katie, Ashley, Caroline and Rachel…the wonderful young ladies who took care of us all while we enjoyed the draft broadcast. Tim and Mark, those are four great gals who really represented your establishment well.

Also, a big shout out has to go to my friend Karin Beckman of the Atlanta Spirit. She provided the Zach Bogosian and Garnet Exelby sticks as well as the Thrashers tickets for next season that were raffled off. Karin…you’re the best-est-est!

The prize of 4 premium tickets along with a Zamboni ride which was provided by TJ’s was won by 9-year old Carmen…who’s blog has been added to my “Blog Role”. I think she’s going to take her mom and dad to that game…maybe.

Tim, Mark, Karin and I are coming up with some big plans for some viewing parties and outings this winter. Some of these events will also be coordinated in conjunction with the Thrashers Fan Club as well…so be looking for more information once the schedule comes out in just a few weeks.

But for the time being, now that Draftapalooza 2009 is over and done with, it’s time to look forward to “Unrestricted-Free-Agent-Signing-Season-Apalooza”…(I’m seriously gonna have to find a way to trim down that title). Anyway, that fun is set to begin Wednesday morning and we’ll gear it up for this big event as well.

164 comments Add your comment

Ice Meister

June 27th, 2009
7:11 pm

Jeremy Morin was listed 27th best player in the draft by TSN Draft Centre 6.17 version Pierre McGuire had him the Islanders at 26, Button had him to Penguins at 30.

We got him in the 2nd round.

steve

June 27th, 2009
7:30 pm

steve

June 27th, 2009
7:30 pm

LEARNER

June 27th, 2009
7:35 pm

I do not have as much knowledge as some that i’ve read here nonetheless i would GREATLY appreciate more commentary about each pick was made today! THANK’S IN ADVANCE!

TheFan

June 27th, 2009
7:59 pm

Well let’s see who is staying and who is going .Go Thrashers.Can’t wait for the season to start.

LAC

June 27th, 2009
8:16 pm

One thing waddell did that was not his normal MO, All these players are over SIX Feet,nobody under 6″… This is GOOD,we need to get bigger
for sure.

Overall, for once in a Loooooong while… waddell did a good job drafting, these kids look like winners and not wasted picks like Alex Borrett was.

World Be Free

June 27th, 2009
8:22 pm

Rawhide

June 27th, 2009
9:48 pm

LEARNER – Here is something that was sent to me by my good friend Sara, a frequent poster on this blog. She has friend that lives up in MI and follows the Saginaw OHL team. Here is what he had to say about the two draft picks that came from that team. Also he said there’s lots of chatter up there that Waddell is interested in Hudler.

EDWARD PASQUALE (G) -
This was a STEAL! He was predicted to go in the 1st round or high 2nd! He was ranked the #1 goalie in North America ALL SEASON, until the final rankings moved him down to 3rd, which is B.S.! Matt Hackett was ranked #1 & yeah, he is good, but not nearly as good as Pasquale! And Pat Roy’s son at #2… JOKE! Anyway, Pasquale is one of the best goalies to play for Saginaw… no, I take that back – he IS the best goalie to ever play for us! Seriously! He wins games on his own, GREAT puck control, very quick. You guys got a KILLER goalie for a few years down the road!

CODY SOL (D) -
BIG & PI$$ED OFF – ALL THE TIME! Sol has played 2 years here in Saginaw… 1st year he only played like 12 games & looked like a liability on D. Then out of NOWHERE he comes into camp bigger & badder this past year, 6′5″ & almost 215 lbs – and he has some growing to do yet!!! He’s got another 20 lbs to add to his frame, and if it’s muscle, WATCH OUT! He was named our ‘Most Improved Player’ this year. This season he was a 2nd pairing d-man, probably the same next year. He has gotten way better. He is a strong, physical d-man who won’t take [crap] from ANYONE! Seriously, if Boogard or Brashear went after him he would drop the mits & start throwing just to make sure he got the 1st punch in! He had a habit of taking dumb penalties early on, but VASTLY improved on that! Another 2 years in Jr’s & he will develop into a solid tough NHL D-man!

Brendan

June 27th, 2009
9:58 pm

Sounds like the Wadster potentially had a good draft. Woo-hoo!

JLH

June 27th, 2009
10:24 pm

I think the Dudley hire may have had a quick influence, or at least gotten everybody’s attention. Feels good so far. Waddell has made several references to activity next week. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Sara

June 27th, 2009
10:25 pm

Learner hockeysfuture.com has some info on all of the guys we drafted today, along with stuff on our other prospects. The new guys can all be found on the right-hand side under the section “Other Notables”

The direct link to the Thrashers’ page is: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/teams/atlanta_thrashers

sisu

June 28th, 2009
12:04 am

how ironic, to say that DW took players that will make the team in 2 to 3 years? He may not be here then…just saying.

StateBird

June 28th, 2009
12:18 am

For all of those who continue to call Alex Bourret a wasted pick, will you also give DW credit for getting Pascal Dupuis for him? That was a steal … and yes I’m still critical of DW for “throwing in” Dupuis in the Hossa deal. (I’m not a DW fan but try to be fair and balanced)

Alan

June 28th, 2009
2:57 am

For all of those who continue to call Alex Bourret a wasted pick, will you also give DW credit for getting Pascal Dupuis for him?

Well, sure, we off-loaded our wasted pick and landed a roster player with him. I guess that’s… well, not as bad as keeping Bourret. The fact remains, though, that we had an opportunity to pick a great player, and instead traded down. Our top-6 forward was flipped for a waste, which was then flipped again for a third liner.

That’s not exactly moving in the right direction. I’m willing to bet D-Wad understands that much now, seeing as how hindsight is 20/20.

Brendan

June 28th, 2009
8:37 am

Alex Bourret was sent to the NY Rangers for Dupuis and a 3rd rounder, who became Chris Thorburn, as Alan points out. And as Alan mentions, Bourret never would have been ours at pick #16 had Waddell not traded back TWICE in that 2005 draft. And this will prompt Sage of Bluesland to appear to note that Don said, “And Bourret was the guy we wanted all along.” If that statement, from Waddell, were actually true, rather than “spin,” I’d be very worried about Don’s mental health back in 2005. He passed over Staal, Kopitar, and the guy who was actually selected 8th, Devin Setoguchi. Bygones.

I think this draft went potentially very well. But we won’t know, or be able to fully assess it, for another 3 years. Oh sure, we’ll be able to judge Kane in that time, a “consensus” pick. But those 2nd rounders and other latter rounders won’t be judged until they get a chance to be called up from the minors and make a big impression. Remember when we first got Exelby? He was a 7th rounder. And he got called up and creamed 3-4 guys in his first few games. All of a sudden, Atlanta fell in love with him. Well … Exelby didn’t crack the lineup the next year after his draft. Flash forward to 2009, I’m … a little bit surprised Exelby wasn’t packaged in a deal for a 3rd rounder. But hey, he’s only got a year left on his current deal, and he doesn’t break the bank for the Thrashers, who will have to get their “contract writing pen” out just to reach the $40.8 million floor of the cap.

One final thought on Dupuis being packaged in the Hossa deal. Take your pick of Colby Armstrong or Erik Christensen as your Dupuis substitute, and it seems a little better. If you picked Erik Christensen, then he has become prospect Eric O’Dell. And Eric O’Dell just might turn out to be a valuable asset for the organization. O’Dell was picked something like 36th overall in his draft year, by Brian Burke in Anaheim, and was considered to be one of the PRIZES of the 2nd round of that draft year.

Uhh, as always, this is no way ABSOLVES Waddell from accountability over back-to-back 76-point campaigns, and six lottery draft picks in 10 years. He should have been held accountable for that, but he won’t be, under this ownership. There’s nothing we can do … other than to not buy tickets. But even doing that … seems to be ignored by the Spirit, LLC. I don’t know what to tell you.

Sara

June 28th, 2009
9:07 am

Brendan I wouldn’t substitute Army for Dupuis…Army was the centerpiece of that deal (from our perspective anyway). Waddell wasn’t making the deal without him and Shero wasn’t giving him up…until the last minute when it looked like the Montreal deal was a go and Shero finally caved.

rightshot

June 28th, 2009
9:08 am

Again I have to ask, I thought I heard/read somewhere that Kovy said he wouldn’t resign with Atlanta unless Don was here. Is that true??? (heaven forbid) If so, was the size of all the picks (over 6′) because Kovys influence and what trades may be influenced by his wants?

Overall the guys we drafted look pretty good but time will tell. Hopefully, (he says as he looks skyward), this will be the year we see some serious speed and grit (Kane) on the team and can make it a very exciting season.

ThrashDawg

June 28th, 2009
10:32 am

rightshot- I heard the same thing about Kovy and DW. Don’t know if it is true or not, but that might explain DWs nine lives with the Thrashers.

MB

June 28th, 2009
11:02 am

Alan and Brendan, am I correct that for moving down in that ‘05 draft (bygones, all rights reserved Brendan) we got the picks that were used to select Ondrej Pavelec, Chad Denny (or Andrew Kozek?), and Miles Stoesz? I guess we can hope beyond hope that we’re able to still get at least something from that, um, questionable move.

Overall, that’s what I don’t understand about D-Wadd. He came from the organization that arguably sets the standard for drafting players that it feels will fit within the system (actually having a system seems to help), and then having the developmental program in place to nurture those players. You’d think that he would have learned how to set up such a system and implement it, but from the outside looking in, it sure doesn’t seem that way. I can only hope the additions of John Anderson and Rick Dudley help make that more of a reality.

LEARNER

June 28th, 2009
11:03 am

THANK’S ONE & ALL FOR THE INSIGHT & INFO !! TRULY A TREMENDOUS HELP TO ONE WHO WANT’S TO LEARN!! I’VE SIGNED ON HERE UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME IN THE PAST,HOWEVER,I RELIGOUSLY READ THESE BLOG’S & ENJOY ALL POINT’S OF VIEW!! ONCE AGAIN,THANK’S!!!!

Sara

June 28th, 2009
12:13 pm

rightshot and ThrashDawg – there’s been documentation in the past about the bond between Kovy and Waddell (the pre-draft story of Waddell practically kidnapping Kovy from his handlers was hilarious). How strong that bond remains is perhaps difficult to ascertain from outside. I do know that Waddell once joked that if he ever traded Kovy, he’d make sure he himself was included in the deal.

Rawhide

June 28th, 2009
1:36 pm

LEARNER – That’s what we’re here for…glad you joined in. If you have any questions or requests as such, throw them up here. Somebody is bound to have the answer or opinion… and all are willing to share.

Not bad when you consider the price of admission, eh?

Crazy Ivan

June 28th, 2009
2:30 pm

“Not bad when you consider the price of admission, eh?”

It’s cheaper than joining the OFFICIAL fan club!

five_hole

June 28th, 2009
3:15 pm

Sara I’ve always considered Army & Dupuis something of a “wash”. Really, both are checking line-type players. DuPuis is faster; Army is tougher & more of a hitter. Both are good for around a dozen goals per year. I considered the trade to really be Hossa for Christensen, Esposito & the #1 pick.

World Be Free

June 28th, 2009
6:31 pm

The real question for Waddell, is how much is he going to have to spend this year. I think this has been talked about before, but I don’t know if we ever got a firm number.

Does anyone know if a $$$ figure for salaries has ever been quoted?

stendec

June 28th, 2009
6:53 pm

Hi Rawhide. FLASH! Kari Lehtonen took over in USA goal during halftime of USA-Brazil Some Kind Of Cup disaster. A 2-0 lead quickly dissolved into totally embarrassing 3-2 choke job gag defeat! Glad to see the Finn has been busy in offseason. Bless you all.

Jared

June 28th, 2009
7:09 pm

Really Stendec? Lehtonen magically became Tim Howard in the off-season? I really don’t consider scaring the crap out of The World’s soccer powerhouse “embarrassing”. You are such a broken record. You know speaking of which, it’s kinda weird listening to JP Dellacamera call something other than Thrashers games…

Alan

June 28th, 2009
7:12 pm

five_hole, switch Christensen and Armstrong, and you have my feelings on that trade.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

Yep, it’s always the goalie’s fault when a team loses a lead. Good call.

stendec

June 28th, 2009
7:47 pm

Jared and Ranallo – Going bellyup on a 2-0 lead in international soccer competition in less than 45 minutes is like allowing the tying goal after the other team pulls its goaltender then the losing goal in the final second! Broken down in simpliest terms for you. Yes, all three USA goals were SOFT ones! I KNOW A DAMN MARSHMALLOW GOAL WHEN I SEE ONE! I have seen Kari Letemin give up far more than his share. Of course, losers like you two do not demand victory. Close defeats keep you happy! Must make you proud. Fans like you will help keep Thrashers the scumball underachievers they are as long as they are in Atlanta. Hopefully not much longer. Sorry for rant! But any Americans who side with douchebags like Brazil get my blood pressure up! Be well all!

Jared

June 28th, 2009
7:49 pm

Yep. Nevermind the endless Brazillian onslaught, and the numerous corner kicks given up, forget about those amazing saves, blame it SQUARELY on Howard…. and Finland ^_^

Jared

June 28th, 2009
7:51 pm

By the way, where were you when we upset Spain? Always negative. Tsk Tsk.

stendec

June 28th, 2009
7:58 pm

Spain upset was sweet! However! No one gives a damn who finishes second. The USA failed to close the deal so leave em in South America! Who was runnerup in the Stanley Cup last season, two years ago or in 1998? See. No one gives a f##k! Just as this American effort (insert laugh here) will be remembered only as an embarrassment! True champions do not aim for second place.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 28th, 2009
8:00 pm

Man I love those Brazilians. Kaka is a BEAST. The US team was lucky to see them sweat, because it’s not often one can see Gods sweat (or touch them). I wish I was a Brazilian, then I could explain in Portugese how much better my country’s futbol team is than the US’s.

Nevermind the fact that Brazil has won more World Cups than the United States has qualified for. Nevermind the fact that the Brazilian team is ranked 5th in the world, compared the the US team’s 14th ranking (behind such powerhouses like Paraguay and Turkey). Nevermind the fact that the Brazilian team had more ball possession than the US. Nevermind the fact that the Brazilian team had more scoring opportunities that they screwed up (i.e., missed the goal or ball completely) than the US had shots. Nevermind all of that…it’s solely Tim Howard’s fault for “marshmallow goals”.

Soccer is clearly not your area of knowledge, so perhaps you should go back to twittering about something that is … your scary collection of half naked angels.

Rawhide

June 28th, 2009
8:09 pm

It’s summertime…100 degrees outside…three months since the last drop of the puck for the Thrashers and three month before the next…

BUT…stendec is keeping himself in mid-season form!!!

Now THAT’S dedication, folks!!! :lol:

Jared

June 28th, 2009
8:16 pm

kracker

June 28th, 2009
8:21 pm

LEARNER can’t be NASCAR Dave back to typing in all caps?! Umm…probably not. Sorry, Learner, that’s sort of an inside joke that’s not about you. Come back often.

Ricky Bobby

June 28th, 2009
8:28 pm

stendec is my daddy, and daddy says, “second place is the first loser.”

Glovesave29

June 28th, 2009
9:27 pm

My company is based in Brasil, I know the country well having traveled there for weeks on end for many years…If the USA cannot win, I always pull for Selecao. Brasilians are great people, fun-loving and hard working. Their joy for life shows in the way they play soccer. Imagine taking every baseball diamond, football gridiron and basketball court in the USA and converting it to a soccer field. That is Brasil, ANYONE that is a good athlete plays futbal / soccer. That was a great game, no shame in that loss. Just disappointment…

I am concerned that players Waddell feels are first rounders were garnered later in the draft. What does that say of the other 29 scouting departments that did NOT rate them that high. We don’t exaclty have history on our side.

Pasaquale is the best goalie the Saginaw Spirit ever had? Great! But let’s face it, this is not exactly a storied franchise in the OHL. If they said that he was the best ever in Windsor, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, or Sudbury, that’s another story. Not trashing the newest netminder, hope he turns into a stud here…

Darkhorse

June 28th, 2009
10:57 pm

I found this on Spector’s site refering to RFAs.

***All qualifing offers to RFAs have to be made by 5pm Eastern Monday, June 29th. Otherwise they become unrestricted free agents beginning July 1st.***

So I wonder if Valabik and Thorburn are gone? I know I have harped on this before, but I feel it will be a mistake not to retain Valabik and give him just a little more time to develop. It’s not like he makes that much. I saw much more potential watching him live all season as I did the rookie mistakes he made. I can see a Colburn situation developing elsewhere all over again if we just let him walk.

Ex is the one who’s peaked at his development and needs to go. Hopefully in a package deal over the next few days.

kracker

June 28th, 2009
11:05 pm

I don’t know what DW is trying to say…maybe he was talking to the casual sports fan to talk up the talent of draft picks he chose? But really, saying the Thrashers drafted 1st or 2nd round talent in rounds 6 and 7 is just silly, as has been pointed out numerous times here and on other boards.

Hockey Biltong

June 29th, 2009
12:36 am

Tim Howard totally kept the U.S. in the game. When we finally develop skilled forwards, like the ones Brazil has, we will be able to play the game on both halves of the field. But for now, we rely on stout defense and a damn good goalie. Our team depth can not match Brazils’, nor any other dominant soccer playing country, yet.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 29th, 2009
3:52 am

Biltong — You must have missed those those three marshmallow goals…it was all Lehtonen’s fault. Duh.

I wish Russ was still doing the HaveNOT rants…at least those didn’t reek of senile old man full of vitriol.

kracker — Be fair, he didn’t say those either of those two late picks were 1st rounders. He said Klingberg was a first rounder on their board (which is not hard to fathom), but those last two picks he implied were second rounders too. In my opinion somebody in his position should be caught off guard when their draft board (a consensus of the scouting department and him) is glaringly different than that of 29 other teams. I could understand the discrepancy if he was a GM known for drafting (like Holland or Lamoriello)…but Marr and Co are not exactly known for finding those late round talents (they’ve hit on two, to my count).

Anyways, it’s typical GM spin, he would never say “those last picks were throwaways” or “we weren’t happy with the way the later rounds turned out, so we just picked the tallest guys available”. He’s going to say something pretty when asked.

GaVaHokie

June 29th, 2009
9:17 am

Going back to the Dupuis issue… when they asked Don Waddell why they threw in Dupuis, he responded “They wanted Eric Perrin.”

At the time, Eric Perrin was by far the more effective player for us, finishing the season with 45 points. So it “seemed” that giving them Dupuis was the no-brainer. Dupuis only had 15 points while playing for Atlanta.

Brendan

June 29th, 2009
9:19 am

MB, yes. In 2005, Waddell moved back to get Ondrej Pavelec and Chad Denny, before selecting Bourret. If he got others, like Myles Stoesz., since traded, then I suppose I forget to mention them.

Sara, I think I liked Dupuis as much as I like Armstrong. But it’s not wrong to equate Dupuis for Christensen when sizing up the Hossa “sell off.” I’m not up to speed on our RFA tenders. Did Armstrong get one? Have we signed any of the RFA’s? I’m out of the loop right now.

FormerIslesFan

June 29th, 2009
9:26 am

Hokie,

I think what seems to have been missed in this conversation as well is that DuPuis was a UFA at the end of that season while Perrin still had one year left on his contract.

Someone above also mentioned that they considered “Armstrong for DuPuis” a wash and that the trade was all the others for Hossa. I disagree strongly with that. DuPuis was becoming a UFA and from what I remember his contract demands were too high. Armstrong was coming in as a player with arbitration rights and would be an RFA after that, so the Thrashers would be able to hold onto him much longer.

Spud Webb

June 29th, 2009
10:00 am

Glovesave, excellent points in regards to DW feeling like we got “steals”. Scared, I’m hopeful?!?
Why wouldn’t we offer a qualifier for Boris?? In my mind that would be just plain stupid if we don’t, again, I won’t be surprised by anything though!!
Was watching the NHL network this season, they had a replay of the 2002 draft “behind the scenes”. UGH, man, threw up, watchind DW trade up for Slater. Interesting stuff, I LOVE THAT CHANNEL>

Sara

June 29th, 2009
10:24 am

Spud – I missed that episode but watched that series as well. Those boys are all just so cute at that age…primping their hair and stuff. Toews’ remark about the cufflinks to Johnson was priceless. Nevermind Waddell telling Johnson what a good dresser he was (WTF was *that*?!?).

I have to think there will be a qualifying offer for Boris. Why wouldn’t there be? And Brendan yes Army has gotten his qualifying offer, along with Kari and Slater I believe.

Alan

June 29th, 2009
10:31 am

Interesting stuff: Apparently, contract negotiations haven’t gone as planned for the Sedin twins.

GaVaHokie

June 29th, 2009
10:31 am

FormerIsles… no, certainly Armstrong and Dupuis were not a “wash”… Armstrong was straight-up part of the deal.

We had to throw in Dupuis or Perrin because Pittsburgh was losing a big part of their PK with Armstrong… they demanded to get a PK player in return.

Which is why I’ve questioned why we don’t see Armstrong used on OUR Penalty Kill more often, if he was so coveted for that role in Pittsburgh?