Which Thrashers will make the final cut this week?

Preseason is done and the regular season begins Friday. The only thing really left to happen between now and then is for the Thrashers coaching staff to make it’s final roster decisions…something C-Viv reports has not been done as of today.

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The way I see things, given that Jimmy Slater is still nursing a wrist ailment and Andrew Kozak is coming off surgery, there’s only one forward and three defensemen left to trim off the roster to get the squad down to regular season levels.

The team is set between the pipes with Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

On the blueline, I think it’s safe to say Bogosian, Enstrom, Oduya, Byfuglien, Hainsey and Sopel are in, meaning one of the following four players are left to pick from to round out the defensive seven…Boris Valabik, Arturs Kulda, Andrei Zubarev and Freddy Meyer.

Personally, I take Valabik out of the mix right of the bat. His one showing in the first preseason match was enough for me…and given the fact that we never saw him in the other five might be telling that Ramsay and Co. saw enough too. I like Kulda’s defensive play, very sound positionally and not a lot of mistakes. So if he were to make the cut I’d be fine with that.

But I think Meyer gets the nod here for two reasons. He looked good as well during the exhibition seasons and Kulda and Zubarev would be better served playing everyday in the AHL then getting only spot starts here.

Up front, I think nine of the fourteen possible slots are already taken with Antropov, Kane, Little, Bergfors, Ladd, Peverley, Eager, Thorburn and Boulton. This would leave five open positions remaining.

So who is left to round out the forward lines?

Taking Jim Slater’s situation into account, one could see eighth overall draft pick Alexander Burmistrov starting the season in his place. That would give Jimmy a couple more weeks to get ready. Fredrik Pettersson has done more than enough to earn a spot on this roster and I believe Freddy Modin was brought in to play here.

Chris Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Patrick Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Burmistrov, Pettersson and Modin bring that total up to twelve, leaving two more to fill out a line up plus healthy scratches. One of those will be Nigel Dawes, in my estimation, which would leave the last remaining decision being whether or not to keep Anthony Stewart or Patrick Rissmiller.

If I had to fathom a guess here, it would be Stewart stays and Rissmiller goes.

So to recap, here is my projected opening night roster:

FORWARDS: Antropov, Bergfors, Boulton, Burmistrov, Dawes, Eager, Kane, Ladd, Little, Modin, Pettersson, Peverley, Stewart and Thorburn.

DEFENSE: Bogosian, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Hainsey, Meyer, Oduya and Sopel.

GOAL: Mason and Pavelec.

What say you, Thrashervillians?

214 comments Add your comment

puckhead

October 4th, 2010
11:58 am

I say play play Burmashave for 9 while we make sure Slater is okay. Can’t afford another all season issue like Bogo’s wrist last year.

mikey da mug

October 4th, 2010
11:58 am

Spot on – as usual

J(Z)

October 4th, 2010
11:59 am

I want a TV schedule!!!!

Darren

October 4th, 2010
11:59 am

Unless the Thrashers make a play for Billy Guerin, that sounds about right; Dan Kamal also posted that he thought Meyer had all but made the team a few days ago, so that helped figure out the 7th defenseman question.

Tom Lysiak

October 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Doh, got Ranallo’d on the last blog. Here it is reprinted with my permission:

Please put me down for:

91 pts, 3rd in the SE, 9th in the conference.

I’ll take the over on Modin.

Budget guess is $50,898,998.

Oh, and I’ll take the under on those that give a s#!^ what Sage says.

Darren

October 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

I’ve been seeing ads on SportsSouth saying that all the hockey games they air will be in HD this year. They’ll probably air 60 or so games, but if they’re all in HD, that’s great news (and long overdue!)

Alas, being out of state, I probably won’t get to see them in HD unless Comcast adds it to Center Ice and/or they run replays of the out of state games late at night, like they’ve done before.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

Yup! My sentiments exactly. We can say goodbye to that “Chris” Rissmiller fellow and expect to see Johnny Burma in Blueland for at least a few weeks while Jimmy Skandalous takes his time with his wrist.

The only real question in my mind is will they keep 14 forwards for now or will they send Anthony Stewart back to Chicago despite a determined and spirited effort by Stewie?

Starting line-up:

Kane – Antro – Bergy

Modin – Pevs – Freddy P

Ladd – Little – Dawes

Eager – Burma – Thorbs

Enstrom & Bogo

Oduya & Sopes

Hainsey & Buff

Mason
Pavelec

Darren

October 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

And, for what it’s worth, Atlanta will be on the NHL Network on HD Nov. 19 against Washington:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539444&cmpid=rss-Feature%20Stories

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Thanks Darren, that’s great save for the fact we’re playing WSH. But better than no natl games I spoz. Just don’t understand why the NHLN would prefer to show Buffao v. Toronto on Sat, Nov 6 when they could show the Blackhawks going against their former mates as Thrashawks!

Major DUH!

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

At least Dish is now providing the NHL network until the Fox mess gets resolved…Hokie and I will be able to see the 11/19 game :-(

Oh, they are also offering MSG and NESN so we can see all the Rangers/Sabres/and Bruin games we care to (ugh). Let’s hope Dish gets this thing resolved ASAP.

Rawhide, it’s Patrick Rissimiller, not Chris.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

Spot on with roster predictions, which is a depressing state in my opinion. It is bewildering while we will waste Kulda in the AHL, while Buf is desperately needed up front.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

I want a TV schedule!!!!

J(Z) – yeah…you and me both. Wazzup widdat?

hip czech – er, uh…yeah. It’s Patrick. Thanks.

Derrick

October 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

If anyone has Directv, they’re giving a free preview of Center Ice from Oct. 7th until Oct. 24.

Oh and by the way Rawhide, I think you meant 8th overall draft pick, not 8th round draft pick for Burmisrov.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Carried over from the previous blog ….

Jeff97: You’re locked-in with 97-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 4th in the Conference, with “under” in the “Modin Watch ‘10-11.” Good luck.

Zombie Steve: You’re registered at 92-points, 2nd in SE Division, 7th in the Conference. No guess on Modin.

Diego from Lilburn: !Hola, y bienvenido a todos mis amigos Latinos en casa! Estas enregistrados, senor, con noventidos puntos, segundo en la divicion, y siete en la conferencia. (92, 2nd, and 7th)

Five_hole: You’ve got “over” on the Modin Watch.

Mr. Willson: 100-points, 2nd, and 4th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

3stripes: 87-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 9th in the Conference. No guess on “Modin Watch.”

Tom Lysiak: 91-points, 3rd in the Southeast Division, and 9th in the Conference, with “over” on the Modin contest, and not much a Sage of Bluesland fan. Though, Sage would probably agree with you that the Thrashers will be outside of the playoffs. But, truthfully, Sage has NOT submitted a guess for the point totals contest. That’s purely an assumption on my part, re: Sage of Bluesland. Maybe he’ll shock us all with a projection of 7th or 8th in the conference?

Time will tell. Speaking of time, no more budget contest entries are permitted, since it closed on September 20th, at 11PM. We had to set a cutoff date for that. It was BEFORE training camp began. The purpose of that contest was to gauge how much confidence posters had in the “commitment level” of the ownership of the franchise. Believe it or not, my guess might have been the highest of all, at this blog. And I never would have thought that I would be the one who thought … these guys (owners) are going to try harder/be more committed this year. Oh well.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Oh No! A new blog[s]!! I can’t catch up from two really long, hard days at work to end last week! And by next Monday, sports pages may be blocked here at work. I really hope not! Then I will be on phone-access only.

World Be Free

October 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Kulda and Freddie are in on defense. Stewart stays too unless there’s a deal in the works.

I keep hearing Tronna wants to make a deal-with what?
They are against the cap and several of their players are not tradable cuz they stink and/or overpaid. Canadian media at it again.

Also, the Habs played and exhibition game in Quebec City this weekend. Former Nordique fans cheering the Montreal Canadians? My how times have changed.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
12:48 pm

Statebird, I have yet to receive a point total projection from you. You still have time. They aren’t due until “puck drop” of Opening Night, on October 8, 2010. All guess after that, just like budget guesses at this point, are cut off.

You watch, though. Some poster will “attempt” to make a point total guess at Christmas. Pfft. You have until October 8th, 2010. I can’t rightly tell you what hour and minute of the evening “puck drop” will occur. But, that’s what we’re going with.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:53 pm

Darren: I suggest you move to Atlanta. :)

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:59 pm

I’m kinda thinking they like the big line and will keep Eager-Thorb-Stew intact. If not for every game, have them available for selected matchups, rotating Stewie w/ Boults maybe.

Darren

October 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

I moved away to get away from the traffic. The no state income tax is a pretty good deal, too.

Zoomo

October 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

I think you’ve got the roster nailed, Rawhide. Looking forward to Gorins on Friday and getting a look at that roster in action.

Christoph Schubert

October 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

Aber…aber…was wird aus mir werden?

five hole

October 4th, 2010
1:31 pm

My lone question about the defense is, can we send Valabik down without risking losing him? I’m going to assume that he’s still recovering from last year’s knee injury, and I’m really, really going to assume that if he fully recovers from that, he has value.

So, how bad is Slater’s wrist injury? How much longer will he be out? I read they were trying Thorburn at center, and I’m guessing that’s because of Jimmy’s wrist; they wanted to move Thorbs to center and play a Rissmiller/Stewart type there. If you think Burmistrov’s going to play center, I guess the Thorburn experiment is over.

All I know is I’ve got a lot of new jersey numbers to memorize.

Mikey

October 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

I still have a concern with Stewart. I’ve read here or on Viv’s blog that he hasn’t exactly taken advantage of opportunities before. But then again I haven’t seen him play yet during preseason.

Hate it for Kulda if he has to be shipped down. But the defense is as deep as we’ve ever seen it. It’s a numbers game for him I guess.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
1:39 pm

I saw Hockey’s future has a review of the Chicago Wolves up:

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/12350/chicago_wolves201011_preview/

My favorite exerpt from the review:
Perennially injured Boris Valabik is again sidelined to start the season and the lanky Slovak may see more time with the Wolves on rehab assignments.

litz

October 4th, 2010
1:47 pm

Excellent work guessing the roster (let’s see how accurate that becomes) … and hopefully between now and friday, they can gel that offense so we actually learn how to pass the puck to someone other than empty ice, an official, or an opposing player.

My guess : 94 pts, 3rd in division, and 7th place in conference.

Toby

October 4th, 2010
1:56 pm

Sorry if it was already stated,

Rissmiller on waivers per TSN

biscuit

October 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

I wonder if Boulton’s spot is a little more tenuous than we believe. Rammer has said there’s no room for pure fighters in the new NHL. Boults isn’t a pure fighter. He can play 4 to 6 minutes on an energy line, but since we are already strapped for goal scorers and Rammer wants to run 4 lines while sharing the goal scoring throughout – we should wonder just where he draws the line on Boulton.

If I were a betting man, I’d say Boulton will make the team because of his contract status, but I can seem him sitting in the press box a lot more than usual. However Rammer may choose to work with the potential of a younger guy rather than de-train the tendencies of Boulton.

Badger Bob

October 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

In a situation just slightly less rare than Thrashers playoff wins, Les Thrash are deeper at D than at forward. I’m with those bewildered at keeping Buff on D and sending down either Kulda or Meyer. Keep ‘em both here and let Buff prove Duds right that he’s an elite power forward.

I don’t care if Buff “wants” to play D. Bergie “wanted” to get paid more and/or have a longer term contract, and MGMT didn’t seem to give a crap about that.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

My lone question about the defense is, can we send Valabik down without risking losing him?

Five Hole – I don’t know if sending him down without being on a rehab assignment would mean having to clear waivers or not. But if so…and Dudley thought he’d be snatched up…then I would contact the team(s) I thought would take him and see if a deal could be worked out.

I wonder if Boulton’s spot is a little more tenuous than we believe.

Biscuit – I would think Boults see more time in the press box than not. His biggest asset with us has been his role as an enforcer. We can get that with Eager and Stewart…and in the case of eager, he can actually help us score goals.

Sorry if it was already stated, Rissmiller on waivers per TSN

Toby – Not totally unexpected. Now what’s interesting here is that we traded Todd White to the Rangers for Rissmiller and Donald Brashear. We then waived Brashear right away with the intent to buy him out… and now have waived Rissmiller. So, we basically gave Todd White to the Rangers for…nothing. Well, except for the fact that we’ll be paying Brashear to not play for us.

But then again…I’m OK with that.

Will L

October 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

Hopefully this 0-5-1 preseason doesn’t have much bearing once they lace em up for reals on Friday. I seem to remember that in the preseason of 2007 we had a winning record. Then came the horrible 0-6 start to the regular season. I think we can flip that this year.

I’ll say 96 points, 2nd in the SE, and 6th in the East

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

Lender Equity?

In an effort to discourage new partners from making a capital investment into struggling Southeast teams and thereby limiting further national TV exposure, the NHL Network will broadcast 17 Capitals games, three Lightning games and one each involving Atlanta, Carolina, Florida and Nashville.

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

It was cheaper to buy out Brashear than White… no one is going to claim Rissmiller. He’ll go to Chicago and be a veteran call up.

Still a head scratcher for me. I don’t see how Burmistrov is going to give us a better performance than Todd White would have. The whole deal will still cost us about $2 million ($1.4 million buyout for Brashear + whatever Burmistrov gets paid)… so go ahead and pencil Burmistrov in as a $2 million player.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

ajcthrashers Former Thrashers pick. RT @TramyersCSN: Jeremy Morin just assigned to Rockford. Kid did well; bodes well for the future. #Blackhawks

There was some thought that Morin might stick on a somewhat thin ‘Hawks forward corps.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

It was cheaper to buy out Brashear than White… no one is going to claim Rissmiller. He’ll go to Chicago and be a veteran call up.

GaVaHokie – True that…plus I don’t think the Thrashers could have waived White given the fact he had had surgery on his shoulder, (I believe). Assuming Rissmiller does clear waivers, the he does make for a decent call up if need be.

Still a head scratcher for me. I don’t see how Burmistrov is going to give us a better performance than Todd White would have.

Oooooh…I don’t know who Burmistrov could give us a worse performance. :cool:

Serioulsy though…Todd White had proven to use he was a bust. Burmistrov has done nothing but show me what great potential he has for the future. He may not be 100% right now and will only be getting 6 or 8 games in until Slater is ready, but I’ll take that over Whitey right now.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
2:54 pm

Rawhide, don’t we have to pay Rissmiller’s salary, or at least HALF of it, if he is claimed off waivers?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
2:58 pm

I seriously wish Todd White the best. He’s going to a traditional and “original six” market in New York, where the press could eat him alive. Except that, I would think, their focus should be on Sather, moreso than White. Where’s Garnett Exelby these days?

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
2:58 pm

Five Hole,

I don’t remember which post it was, but I recall one of C-Vivs recent posts saying that Boris was one of those who is not protected and would have to clear waivers if sent down.

TableHockey

October 4th, 2010
3:00 pm

Rissmiller on waivers – that Rawhide guy must have an inside line. Stewart gets the final slot. I guess I’m good with that but like so many others I wish we had 1 more 20 goal scorer.

Nate

October 4th, 2010
3:11 pm

What do I say? I say I’m a broken record and really don’t care. With that, I say again that projected roster you have way up there in the blogosphere is gonna struggle to put the biscuit in the basket. Plain and simple. Shooters? Check. Finishers? Eh…not so much.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

Oooooh…I don’t know who Burmistrov could give us a worse performance Da-dum-dum. Tip the waitresses & try the veal.

Thrashers27 if Boris has to clear waivers, should he be sent down? I know, I know, all the mobility of a tree stump. But (and I have a big but), the kid is working back from a knee injury which has to be limiting his mobility. He was never the best skater to begin with, but I think other aspects of his game were coming together last year (like passing). And I think he was learning to take fewer penalties. The kid is still young and learning to play, and I wouldn’t risk exposing him to waivers.

If I were overlord of the universe GM, and considering Buf could play forward if we needed it, I would waive Stewart and keep Valabik on the roster.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
3:17 pm

Brendan- My prediction for when the puck will drop is Friday, October 8th at 7:48pm EDT.

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:19 pm

Man, I hate it when you make me come on here and defend Todd White. But here I go.

Todd White, in the preseason, has thus far scored once and been either neutral or to the positive. I continue to believe he deserves more credit than you have given him, Rawhide.

However, I am on record as being fine with his trade as long as I felt he was being traded in a way that makes the team better. The problem I have with it at this point is that I am very, very worried about the team with the talent I see right now.

As for Boults, I can see a trade — I can’t see a waive. And with the weakness of the roster, I expect to see him on the ice.

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:21 pm

I’m right there with you Five Hole. I have been a huge proponent of Boris since he arrived. I know he gets a bad rap, but I really feel he’s shown steady improvement over the last few years. Given a chance, I hope this will be a breakout year for him…but you know what they say “hope in this hand and $#!^ in the other and see which one fills up first.”

I’m happy to realize this afternoon that Friday is the 8th, not Saturday. Opening night is coming a day early for me. Woohoo!

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Nikita: Just what team will trade for Eric Boulton?

Rissmiller can play wherever he wants if no one claims him, but in order to protect his $1 million contract, a la Wade Redden, he likely will accept the demotion to the Wolves.

The true expense of getting rid of Mr. Milk Carton…Rissmiller $1 million + Brashear buyout $1.4 million (35+ means you pay it all) + player to replace White (Dawes at $650,000) = $3.050 million. White = $2.375 million.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Nikita (in PA) - Well…this is just gonna have to be one of those things where we simply agree to disagree. That said, I do hope you’ll be able to make it down for a game or two this season.

Red Light – So if I’m reading you right…and my math is correct…the cost of moving Mr. Milk Carton is $675,000?

I’m good with that.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Columbus waived defensman Grant Clitsome.

How’d you like to be his fiancee?

Jeff97

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Redlight —> Columbus waived defensman Grant Clitsome.

How’d you like to be his fiancee?

No Thanks – I am not gay

BUT, that name definitely has room for a lot of discussion. :)

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

I hate to cheapen our “prognostificationalizing” (Stewie Griffin: Yeah, it’s a real word, wanna fight about it?)fun, but I think it might be fun to have a “guess who pots the first goal” pool.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Good arithmetic Bill. Hope you pass it along to your future FlyBoy. Congrats by the way! I know you are very proud.