Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Thrashers Look Ready

The Thrashers made their last few cuts on Monday afternoon, leaving the team with their 23-man roster. At first glance, this team could be a bit of an offensive powerhouse, trying to plainly outscore their opponents. Up front, Ilya Kovalchuk is going to continue to be a force, with help from Slava Kozlov. On the blueline, they have a bundle of talent that can move the puck, but their defensive play is a tad questionable. Rookie Zach Bogosian has made the team and will likely see limited ice-time to start the season, but he will likely earn more time as the season wears on.

Ilya KovalchukMathieu SchneiderKari Lehtonen
Slava KozlovTobias EnstromJohan Hedberg
Todd WhiteRon Hainsey
Jason WilliamsNiclas Havelid
Colby ArmstrongGarnet Exelby
Chris ThorburnZach Bogosian
Brian LittleNathan Oystrick
Jim Slater
Eric Boulton
Eric Perrin
Marty Reasoner
Erik Christensen
Brett Sterling
Mike Hoffman

The Thrashers don't have anything to worry about when it comes to the salary cap. Atlanta has a very low cap hit of $44.6 million and could be an active team at the trade deadline, if their offense can keep them in the division race, down in the Southeast. A move for a defensive veteran defenseman will likely be their target come February.

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