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

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

Sorry Smoothie and Rawhide, as I predicted no Freddy Pettersson to start the season!

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

My guess is Brian Little.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

“hope in this hand and $#!^ in the other and see which one fills up first.”Thrashers27
Is that what happened to Slater’s wrist?

Red Light – I think we should keep this a family oriented blog, so I have to pass. But this is one person who should really look into getting his name changed.

Definitely psyched for Friday night. Me & the missus will be in 204.

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
3:39 pm

I have to agree with this roster Rawhide.

As for Boults, I don’t see him playing 60 games this season. He will be needed when the Thrashers go up against true heavyweights in the Atlantic like Trevor Gillies, Derek Boogaard, and Jody Shelley. And that makes him very valuable to the younger and smaller teammates. Plus, the guy can play and knows his role. Eager, Thorbs, and Steawrt can handle the light heavyweights like Carcillo but not those other animals.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
3:41 pm

Correction, I think that should be 7:38. Isn’t it usually only 8 minutes after the scheduled time that the puck drops? Anyway, I’m shocked that Pettersson got cut.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:42 pm

Red Light – Hmmm….OK, well if Rissmiller and Freddy “The Fly” are both sent packing, does that mean we only carry 13 forwards until Slater returns to the lineup?

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intersting….

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Well so much for that roster prediction…

I have to think that after all the hype, Pettersson must get stronger and more adjusted to the North American game before he plays in the NHL. No way is that guy 5′10″ 185 pounds.

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Wait…so Redlight, Petterrson didn’t make the team??????????????

I tend to believe or maybe want Boults not to make the team. LOVE the guy…but have had enough. He is what he is.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:50 pm

I think Slater and Boris go to IR along with Cormier, and you begin the season with 14, 7 and 2, with two in the press box. There are 15 forwards, 8 d-men and two goalies right now.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

Just tossing this out there…

If Stewart makes the team, does this mean Duds justifies Stewart’s selection in the first round (25th overall) of the 2003 draft?

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

*Nikita: Just what team will trade for Eric Boulton?*

Are you kidding? EB has a role and he plays it well. He’s reasonably talented as a grinder and agitator, and can occasionally be helpful on special teams as well. And his numbers aren’t bad, if you don’t expect him to put up goals. A team looking to bolster its physicality could make good use of him.

…but I think he’ll see ice time because of all those factors. That, and his runaway popularity and his predictable temperament. Like the Moosinator, EB’s very steady in a secondary role. Unless the roster gets crowded, I don’t see him going anywhere.

*That said, I do hope you’ll be able to make it down for a game or two this season.*

We plan to try — probably over the winter holidays. Of course, we already mapped out all the Thrash games within 5 hours of us up here and I really hate the Pens, but I’m looking forward to seeing Buffalo, NYI, NYR, NJD, and Philly. (Maybe not Philly — I do want to live.)

We even found a hole-in-the-wall hockey bar in Habsland that we promised to go back to when the team is on the docket. Believe it or not, when we confessed to being Thrashers fans they hoisted a round. Great place! That’s a long trip in the snow, but there’s a train.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

Red Light – I got Antropov, Bergfors, Boulton, Burmistrov, Dawes, Eager, Kane, Ladd, Little, Modin, Peverley, Stewart and Thorburn.

I count 13 with Slater injured & Rissmiller and Pettersson sent down.

Who am I missing?

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

P.S. Boults? Dirt cheap for an experience guy.

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
3:57 pm

Nikita, no way we get anything of value for bolts. Just not going to happen.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

Bill:

Kozek is still listed for some reason.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:59 pm

I’d say you could get an 8th rounder for Bolts, except that there are only seven rounds these days. I love the guy but he’s not a trade commodity.

Mike

October 4th, 2010
4:02 pm

Morin headed to AHL.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

Nikita I like Bouts, but let’s face it; he’s a 4th line guy making just over league minimum. That should tell you something about his value in the league. If he was worth more, he would have signed for more someplace else. Having said that, I think he adds value to our team. He’s the 12th forward on our team.

A27

October 4th, 2010
4:15 pm

Wow no Pettersson…….. That just blows… I have nothing else to say…

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

Red Light – Yeah…I see that. But here’s how I would have done it.

1. Antropov
2. Bergfors
3. Burmistrov
4. Dawes
5. Eager
6. Kane
7. Boulton
8. Ladd
9. Little
10. Modin
11. Pettersson
12. Peverley
13. Stewart
14. Thorburn

Then, when Slater is healthy, he replaces Burmistrov who would go back to Barrie.

The way it is now, we have 13 forwards until Jimmy returns.

An aquisition in the works???

five hole

October 4th, 2010
4:22 pm

Bill You have Kane listed twice, at #6 & 7. I like the kid too, but that’s going a little too far.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:25 pm

five hole – Replaced the 2nd Kane w/ Boulton….knew I’d left someone out. But my point remains that we have 13 forwards until Slater returns.

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

Rawhide/Trixie your blog has gone MIA on AJC’s Thrashers page. Had to get here the long way. What’s up with that?

Question: Could the ultimate team player Jimmy Slater be taking another one for the team at the start of the season? Remember last year and years past when he sat out? Management and the Coach know what they’ve got in him. He may be ready to go but with a stated injury and IR move it will allow them to get a closer NHL look at Stewart, Burmistrov and others who they don’t know.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

Litz: You’re in at 94-points, 3rd in SE division, and 7th in the Conference.

Will L.: You’re in at 96-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 6th in the division.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
4:42 pm

The Thrashers have reassigned four players from their training camp roster to the Chicago wolves of the AHL. They are forwards Fredrik Pettersson and Patrick Rissmiller and defensemen Arturs Kulda and Anrey Zubarev.

Boris stays. Ugh.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
4:45 pm

THIS: “I have to think that after all the hype, Pettersson must get stronger and more adjusted to the North American game before he plays in the NHL. No way is that guy 5′10″ 185 pounds.”

I did noticed that Freddy got pushed around A LOT by Nashville in the final home preseason contest. I had a feeling with Dawes playing much better of late and gelling well with Little & Ladd that this could happen. However, he will most certainly get his chance on a call-up when were a) dinged up with injuries b) desperate for some scoring spark on a lower line or c) realize that he’s a better option than a sulking Bergfors or underperforming _____________ (insert a name).

Petts definitely needs to add some more bulk, but I feel confident he’ll be able to play at this level. If here were a C and not a wing, and we didn’t have Alex B, I’d say he makes the team.

So who do you think will make a play for Boris V via trade? Also, perhaps Petts demotion is just for the time being so we can entice another team into making a trade for a *better* option…you know, make it seem like Pettersson isn’t ready only to bring him up later after adding a bona fide scoring wing who isn’t 36 y/o or under 24.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:46 pm

Cornbread – It’s been relocated over toward the center of the Thrashers web page of the ajc.com from what I can see.

Diego from Lilburn

October 4th, 2010
4:50 pm

Yep, I had to google you also. Not showing at ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers right now.

¡Muchas gracias, Brendan!

My prediction for first goal is a D-man: Buff launces a cruise missile from the blueline!

Lee

October 4th, 2010
4:53 pm

Brendan – Thanks for entering me in the contest on the previous blog. Looking for a great season this year…..

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
4:56 pm

Yep, same here. The formatting for the AJC/Thrashers page is all jacked up.

Putting On The Foil

October 4th, 2010
5:09 pm

Hate to see Kulda sent down. I personally thought he was ready.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
5:16 pm

For those who have not placed their guess for first hat trick by a Thrashers player this or any season, you have just a few days left.

Player Opponent Date

If not using this year as your guess, player, month and year will suffice!

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

*I like Bouts, but let’s face it; he’s a 4th line guy making just over league minimum. That should tell you something about his value in the league.*

Yes, that we can trade him as a 4th line guy making just over league minimum.

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

But again, I don’t think we will. Given everything else that’s happening and his perfect willingness to ride the pine or rumble in equal measures, I bet he sees the ice.

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
5:37 pm

As much of a fan favorite as Boults is, he’s willing to ride the pine, because he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. His roots are planted here and it’s admirable that that’s worth something to him.

Lee

October 4th, 2010
5:47 pm

I like Boults. I think that even though he may not be the best goal scorer, he’s a great enforcer. People may say, well fighting in hockey is just a bunch of garbage, look at when he or anybody wins a fight. The crowd, players, coaches, etc. are pretty pumped. It’s a psychological edge….

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
6:00 pm

I’m feeling like an optimistic sheeple. Evander Kane Hat Trick at the home opener against the Capitals 10/8/10, 1 EV, 1 PP, and 1 SH. And a scrap. BAAAHHH…..

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
6:03 pm

Boults is one of the best and most respected enforcers in the game. He’s not leaving.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
6:04 pm

Lee, You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to this season, too.

Diego from Lilburn, !Traiga todos sus amigos a Philips Arena, y vamanos los Thrashers!

litz

October 4th, 2010
6:34 pm

A scrap? With Kane?

Did they NOT see last year’s final game?

My bet is he gets a wide berth this year … if not wide, certainly wide-er.

That one punch *has* to have earned a ton of respect.

- litz

Tom Lysiak

October 4th, 2010
6:44 pm

Cornbread, I agree about Boulton. He wants to play HERE. He gives great effort every night. He doesn’t mind dropping the gloves with anyone, any time it is needed. You have to have a player who can protect the team and who better than number 36? I think we are exposed if that is left up to Thorburn, Eager and Stewart. It’s not a bad thing when you have lots of guys who can mix it up, but I believe you need one as respected as 36 is.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
6:49 pm

Brendan – Please put me down for 86 points, 4th SE (can’t see finishing ahead of WAS, TB or CAR) and 11th in the conference. See a slow start as no lines have been given to time to gel this pre-season and, when combined with long road trip to start season, will be an uphill struggle trying catch up the remainder of the year. Hope I’m wrong. Thanks for organizing again this year.

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
6:50 pm

“Who would trade for Bolts?”…..both Toronto and the Rangers would. (And,…anyone think Toronto may go after Boris if he hits waivers?) Currently, I think the Leafs would have more interest in Bolts, as the Blueshirts now have D. Boogard. Bloggers,…if you can name the “enforcers” currently on each team,…please do?

One thing about Bolts is that he fights “up a weight class very, very well. In a franchise that is tight with it’s funds,…Bolts really does provide value,…if you believe a player can change momenteum by going mano y mano. Have also read (from Mr Bill’s bloggers,……..so it must be true.) that Bolts is a strong positive presence in the locker room. However, with the “grit value” of our team dropping (getting tougher/rougher) significantly with Dud’s acquistions,…it may (sadly) be time to move Eric.

Red Light (Is that nome de guerre strictly related to hockey?),…I’m thinking our next hat trick will be either Antro or Bergie,…so put me down for Nov 21st, and by Bergfors. (NYI is not strong on defense,…and they recently lost Streit for several weeks.)

Bergie is also my choice for scoirng the Thrashers 1st 2010-11 season goal. Antro is soooooo,…. good with assists and I am assuming Bergie is healthy (and inspired). Right now, Bergie is our best “finisher.” If you disagree,…who is our best finisher? (BTW:I look to Dawes to get our 2nd.)

Brendan,…..this is the time of year when fans are most optiimistic. I would really like to see the bloggers point predictions after, say, 20 games. I would be so pleased to see them come in the same or better. What are the chances?

IDWT.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
6:54 pm

TV – according to Directv schedule, the opener against WAS will be carried by SportSouth. Neither the TB game nor opening road game in LA are scheduled for SportSouth, but will be available through Center Ice. No information on future games. Very strange that SportSouth and Thrashers can’t get a schedule out. Can’t ever recall a similar situation.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
7:39 pm

Statebird – Thanks for the info. Interesting it’s taken this long to get even that much out.

Everyone – If indeed the Saturday Oct. 9 game in TB is not televised locally, then I hope you’ll consider coming out to TJs in Alpharetta to watch it with us there.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:42 pm

HookyBob, this is why they play the games. I posted earlier about how I looked ahead 21% of the season, to game # 17. At that point, I saw 14-points in those 17 games. If that actually comes to pass, then there’s PLENNNNTY of season left to get above .500 and drive toward the playoffs. But the operative word always seems to be “if.”

One thing I can say … strictly from a budget numbers games … the Thrashers, almost without exception, have ALWAYS GOTTEN EXACTLY what they paid for. When they spent to the floor, they wound up in the lottery draft. When the spend to the Max, they were playoff contenders. For the money, and strictly for the money, which is only $3.6 million above the floor, the Thrashers have fielded a pretty good team. With the budget they have, they’ve paid for a lottery draft finish. I don’t personally believe the Thrashers are headed to the lottery draft. I think the WORST they will finish in the East … is 12th. And there are a 2-3 Western Conference teams worse than Atlanta. If true, the Thrashers will finish around 22nd to 24th in the league, where the lottery draft teams are 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th.

So, in this respect, I do believe Atlanta will get MORE than what they paid for, in terms of tangible results. If a team whose Opening Night budget is $46.6 million makes the playoffs, everyone deserves a big, fat raise.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

Statebird, you’re in at 86-points, 4th, and 11th in the Conference. Good luck. If you want to get in on “Modin Watch,” there’s still time.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

Piggybacking on Tom Lysiak’s post … Eric Boulton … has played here without serious complaint. He has ALWAYS re-signed here. And he’s dangerously close to being the all-time leader in games played as a Thrasher. Though, I haven’t looked that up. For all I know, it’s Jim Slater!!

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
7:55 pm

IRBIT=”In Rawhide’s bloggers I trust” Thank-you,… Mr Tiller,…………..thank-you.

R Stroz: The opening night tickets came through,..hope to see you.

Darren: No state income tax?…What a deal,.. I’m envious, might it be Wyoming, Washington, or Alaska? Words cannot describe my emotions when paying GA state income tax on Minnesota farm income, while not getting the GA homestead exemption (for the 50th ranked state school system)) .

WBF: Quebec city cheering for the Habs,…ufff-da “the times, they are a changin.” I’ve been saying that for 40 years,..but it gets more profound every year. Great point / catch.

Cornbread: While I have had my doubts about Jimmy’s hands, I have never doubted that he is “all in” when it comes the Thrashers. (BTW: Did you bloggers know that Jim’s brother is a 4th yr resident at Emory’s School of Medicine? So, I’m thinking Jim is no dummy,…. and has incredible drive.) Slater is another valuable role player, sort of like Malty and Draper in Detroit.

Litz & Cornbread: The Thrashers should do some PR with Evander Kane working out with Evander Holyfield. Would that send a message? (Might also do something for local ticket sales.)

Finally, I’d like to see Boris get healthy, make the team, and allow to “Bustin Dustin” to play forward. I hope he clears waivers,… gets healthy, and makes it back to “clear the Thrashers crease.”

Biltong: I don’t believe the Smuttynose Gravitation (Belgian Quadruple bomber bottle) had anything to do with my aformentioned comments. But ask me tomorrow. :)

Signing out,…IRBIT (In Rawhide’s Bloggers I trust.)

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
8:02 pm

Rawhide, one of my biggest “X” factors this year is … “Can Peverley keep it up?” Rich was “Peverywhere” last year. I think many of us are expecting a similar performance. I hope that we get to see it. Same deal with Nik Antropov. These two guys, Peverley and Antropov, along with Bergfors, have to have great seasons, if the Thrashers are going to make up their scoring punch lost by Kovalchuk, Armstrong, and Afinogenov. Yes, yes. The defense has to be better, and is the MOST important aspect to fix. But if the truth is … the moment another team scores goal # 3 of the game, we’re statistically in the “L” column, it’s gonna be rough. All I ask … is that Thrasher fans hang through it. It might turn out that we’re playing our best hockey in March and April, even if it’s too late to salvage a playoff berth. And I know how perplexing that is. For if the team just took went into “Operation Tank It” in March and April, it would be inside the lottery draft, and able to get better, FASTER. Playing our best games, post elimination, ruining our draft position, seems counter-productive. But, when we attend games, how many of us root for a hometeam loss? Put those hands down. Sheesh. That’s my fear, right there. I don’t want us playing our best … when the playoffs are out of reach,.for the “promise” of what might come in the 2011-12 season. Which is why we’ve got to bank points in this very tough month of October. The truth I believe about poor teams in October is this: You want to play the BEST teams in the NHL. Why? They don’t have their “sea legs” under them yet. You’ll never beat the Red Wings in March or April, if you know what I mean. But in October, Detroit would be a welcome sight on a schedule. We’ve got Ovechkin twice, Crosby/Malkin/Staal in November, a tough Western road swing vs. the Sharks, Ducks, and Kings …. Chicago comes to town on the 6th of November. If we don’t win those games vs. Buffalo, Columbus, split with TB, and knockoff the Rangers and Panthers, we could be in a heap o’ trouble.