With the season winding down, let’s take a look back at the Thrashers top performers and vote your selection for team MVP. But before we do…a couple of brief items to discuss, starting off with one player that I wish were able to be on this list, Slava Kozlov.
I hope that coach Anderson opts to start #13 Saturday night and allow the fans in Atlanta a chance to watch Slava play one more time in Thrasher blue and give him a proper farewell. He has been nothing but a consummate professional for the seven seasons he’s been with us. I don’t know if he plans on trying to latch on with another NHL team or maybe play next year in Russia, but regardless he’s been nothing but a great part of this team, regardless of this season’s numbers.
Thank you Slava for all you have done here, God bless and good luck to you and your family…I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.
Also, congratulations are in order for Brett Sterling as he has been awarded the 2009-10 Chicago Wolves Dan Snyder Man of the Year.
Oh, and I want to wish a very happy birthday to Mini-PJ. I hope it’s a wonderful day for you, kid!
And now…my five MVP nominees submitted for your consideration.
Nik Antropov: The Thrashers leading scorer with 24 goals and 67 overall points. If he can squeeze out another two goals this weekend, it will tie his career high of 26. Antropov is also leading the team with a +13 rating. Good to know this guy is signed for another three seasons.
Who is the Thrashers MVP?
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Maxim Afinogenov: In today’s economy it’s always helpful to find a good bargain, and Max has been just that. The $800,000 investment has yielded 24 goals, a career high, and 37 assist. 10 goals and 15 assists have come since the beginning of the New Year…so much for the Mr. October label he came with his discounted price tag.
Rich Peverley: In his first full season with the Thrashers, last year’s waver-wire steal of the season has amassed 22 goals and 33 assists. Last fall he was rewarded with a new contract extension and the Pevs Dispenser has continued dishing out hard work, effort and points since.
Pavel Kubina: I liked this trade when it went down last July and I like it more today. The veteran defender who will turn 33 this month has been a strong presence on the Thrashers blueline and has chipped in with 6 goals and 32 assists on the attacking side of the ice. He’s one helper shy of his career mark of 33 set in 2005-06, the last season he was with Tampa Bay. He is also EVEN during his 76 games played this season.
Johan Hedberg: Where would we be without the Moose this season? He’s been the most consistent and reliable of the two keepers throughout the season with a record of 20-16-6 with a .913 SV% and 2.68 SV%. The win total is the most since he put up 25 with Dallas in 2001-02 and the save percentage is the best so far in his career.
So, there are my five…if you have another in mind just vote “other” and write in your choice in the comment section below.