Relocation?: Why The Atlanta Thrashers Are Not Saying

December 23rd, 2010 by Stefan Kubus Leave a reply »
It is fair to say that over the course of their young existence, the Atlanta Thrashers have flown under the radar of the hockey world. With only one playoff appearance under their belts coming in 2006-07, the year in which they captured the Southeast Division title as well, the Thrashers have been a struggling franchise from day one in all departments, with few bright spots to speak of.

There's two things that comes to mind when you hear the name Patrik Stefan: Atlanta's first ever first overall draft choice in 1999, and how he didn't do much of anything and fell off the face of the planet since.

Okay I was kidding. There's three things. How could you forget the now-YouTube-famous incident where he bungled an empty net opportunity against Edmonton on January 4th, 2007, and had Ales Hemsky come back down the other way and tie the game up with 2.1 seconds left? voted Stefan the worst first overall draft choice of all-time and, frankly, he deserves it—although, Alexandre Daigle can't be too far behind. Stefan's drafting was quite the sign of the struggles the Thrashers would face on the ice.

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