The addition of Todd White to the Thrasher line-up is probably the most significant. He offers the Thrashers a bit more flexibility in the centre role, quite possibly having the second-line centre duty. Brian Little is the only name in the forward list that should crack the team and if he does, will probably line-up in that second-line winger role, along with Todd White. That's about the only real change I can see happening, especially since Thorburn, Boulton and Haydar are more or less depth/role players in the fourth line area.
The defense is another place where a prospect can jump in, if they have a good camp. A name that has been circling the wires has been Tobias Enstrom. Enstrom has been pencilled in by some to make the jump to the team already and there are a few names on the list that he could possibly replace. Another name on the list that catches my eye is Boris Valabik. A 6'7" defender who was chosen in the '04 Draft in the 1st round may make a physical impact in camp and may find himself in good shape come October.
The goaltending pairing is pretty much set with Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg. Barring injury, the acquistion of Fred Brathwaite may have been a bit excessive, especially with the 2005 2nd rounder, Ondrej Pavelec, waiting in the wings for his opportunity. Pavelec won't likely see time, barring injury to the front two, but he seems to be a name worth watching in the future.
|Ilya Kovalchuk||Slava Kozlov||Marian Hossa|
|Pascal Dupuis||Todd White||Eric Perrin|
|Jim Slater||Bobby Holik||Brad Larsen|
|Chris Thorburn||Steve Rucchin||Eric Boulton|
|Alexei Zhitnik||Niclas Havelid|
|Ken Klee||Steve McCarthy|
|Garnet Exelby||Joel Kwiatkowski|
This 22-man roster is worth over $41 million and has some room to grow, if they are to make another run at a playoff spot in the Spring.
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