NHL 2010 Outlook: Atlanta Thrashers

August 9th, 2010 by Tyler Hobbs Leave a reply »
The Atlanta Thrashers have had one of the most important offseasons in their history this summer.  

After seeing their former captain, Ilya Kovalchuk, traded to the New Jersey Devils for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and New Jersey's first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Thrashers faithful are hoping that their team can perform much better and make the playoffs for the second time in their history. 

However, with no proven NHL scorer with 30 goals or more from last season on the team, their style of play must change and they must be a more defensive-minded club in order to become a playoff contender.

The Thrashers went in the right direction in their trades with Chicago before the draft: they traded the Devils first-round pick to Chicago along with a second-round pick, two forwards and an Atlanta prospect for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and a Chicago prospect; they acquired Andrew Ladd in a separate deal.  

Those moves are what they need in order to get the right pieces to make a playoff run, even though Byfuglien's role will be to& ...

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