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

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:14 pm

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:15 pm

Wait, Paminski is both vivacious … ANNNND lovely? This, I have to see!!

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wonder if players will complaint, in the next CBA, that their over-inflated contracted cause them to be stashed in the minors or “loaned” overseas? Do you think they’ll “grumble” about it, declaring it, “unfair.” In other words, they want FULL PAY and get to STAYY. Well, I suppose we call that a “no movement clause.” How many GM’s are going to want to give those out?

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
6:26 pm

I thought we were trying to get away from the rudderless ship both on and off the ice. You name a captain so you’re not one of the few without one. It gives the younger players someone to follow as an example. This is the consummate team sport, and good teams have captains. There are some in that locker room who can set an example, as shown during yet another miserable season last year.

The message rotating captains sends is similar to words like directionless, relocation, bottom of the barrel. That’s all I’m saying!

I don’t care if you name Captain Morgan as an honorary captain — just name one!

rob

October 5th, 2010
6:30 pm

Bill,
Where do we file our complaint on the “pucked up” Thrashers page? How do they honestly justify putting you at the bottom of the page? You are the ajc Thrashers page. Vivs gives us some tidbits but honestly the page is for this blog, and for Schultz and that other writer to get blasted if they care to attempt to write about what they know not. Really pi$$ poor planning, but I expect nothing but 2nd rate decisions from this paper, anything else would make it a paper worth reading and this City can’t have THAT now can we? LMAO If they continue to hang you out like that, RawhidesThrasherPage.com will work for me, and you can take all your free web hits with you!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
6:30 pm

Brendan: A healthy Havlat, adding vets like Cullen and Madden, a healthy Cam Barker and a solid back-up like Theodore means the Wild will make the playoffs this year. That division is still pretty weak. I can see them finishing behind Vancouver, but think they’ll surpass the others, including Calgary and Colorado.

rob

October 5th, 2010
6:34 pm

RL,
The only justification for not naming one right away is there was so much turnover I can actually see giving it the 1st 10 games to see if there is a consensus. Anything more and I agree it is just silliness. Set it, keep it, and get everyone going together behind 1 Captain.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:36 pm

Thrashers27: Well, well, well…I guess Todd White couldn’t cut in on Broadway either. Rangers put him on waivers. Seriously? How does a guy go from scoring 70-odd points to sucking wind?

Well, “father time” catches up with us all. This is why I always say, “I don’t want contracts that pay a guy past 35-years of age. They tend to become very susceptible to injury, plus they slow down and lose a step. All while you overpay for them, since their contracts are of the UFA variety.” That’s in the Brendan manual, Chapter III-ish.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Red Light, Billy Joel sang, “Captain Jack will getcha high tonight.” Now, all we need is a guy named Jack, and we’re all set.

Red Light, Cliff Fletcher’s son, Chuck, is the architest of the Minnesota Wild. So, I’m not surprised they’re compiling a team, slowly and intelligently, that’s build to win, down the road. I hope the Wild do make the playoffs.

Which reminds me … Rawhide, have you picked your two (2) adopted Western Conference teams to support this year? I’m going with Phoenix and Los Angeles. Gotta back the Yotes after their tremendous season, last year, in hopes that it continues. And Los Angeles will be a fun team to watch, for an insomniac like me, on Center Ice. I might be able to check out some later starting Minnesota Wild games, too.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Red Light, Colorado might be a team to watch this year. Last season, they BURSTED out of the gate like gangbusters, leading the entire NHL for weeks. But then, they fizzled to the point where they almost missed the playoffs. I’m sure they don’t want to take a step backwards. Do you think the Avs still have what it takes to be a playoff team in the Western Conference this year?

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Architect, even.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

OK kids…it’s once again time to consult with the Magic-8 Ball to see what it has to say about the Thrashers fotunes this season.

R. Stroz

October 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Rawhide

October 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

R. Stroz – Nope