Historical Review of Draft Results
Years 2004 - 2008
Please reserve comment for a future post wherein I will request commentary on the review as a whole.
Valabik was chosen at a time where every team had to have their very own version of Zdeno Chara. Valabik has just started getting in some games with the Thrashers and it remains to be seen if he will have any lasting, positive effect on the roster. Lewis remains a work in progress as well. It is a little early to write everyone else off but, by the same token, it is a little late to have to be finding something worthwhile to write about.
That Pavelec may be the goalie of the future, even while Lehtonen is the current #1 tender, is a little disconcerting given Pavelec was only drafted 3 years after Lehtonen. Bourret is on his last chances while LaVallee sounds like he may actually start getting chances. Truth is, there are a lot of borderline-but-not-quite-there prospects in the Thrashers system, so I gave LaVallee the nod given he is one of the best of that group.
Little has a lot riding on his shoulders this year. A good young player he will be called upon to a) support Kovalchuk's 1st line play, b) solidify the 2nd line or c) anchor the 3rd line - no pressure. Holzpfel, like LaVallee before him, got the nod as the best of an average lot. There may be some surprises coming out of the rest of this group but I won't hold my breath.
Atlanta paid a, phenomenally, high price for a run at the play-offs. Those costs are reflected here (and in Philadelphia). If that price had been paid for a solid run at the Stanley Cup maybe I would be understanding of it. But that is not the case. These kind of drafts kill the future performance of teams with as few NHL quality players as Atlanta has. They might have found a keeper in Machacek but if not - this will hurt.
Bogosian is the real deal by all accounts and maybe, having had their run in the play-offs, Thrashers management will actually keep Cobu… errr… Bogosian for the long term. Leveille is an interesting prospect but he doesn't approach the 'probable' threshold that would make him a 'solid' prospect and everyone else still has that new baby smell so no other comments can be reasonably made.
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Introduction
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results Summation
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 1999 to 2003
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 2004 to 2008
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Year
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Round
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Pick
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Age
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Position
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By League
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Country of Birth
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Player Grading System
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Graded Players Summary
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