by Dan Perrault
Atlanta was selecting very high in the first round. In 1999, they
obtained Patrik Stefan, who jumped into the NHL pretty quickly, and
last year, in the 2000 entry draft, Atlanta picked second and selected Dany
Heatley. This year, the Thrashers have the top pick in the draft. What
will they do? Trade it for some immediate help to the team? Or keep it
and select someone who could be helpful in the future. Let’s take a look
at some of the rumors that are going around on what the Thrashers will
do in the next week or so.
Scenario 1: The Thrashers trade their first overall draft pick to the
2001 entry draft for a young goalie, which they need badly. The Montreal Canadiens are very interested in trading
young goalie Jose Theodore for the first pick. The Canadiens have veteran
goalie Jeff Hackett and promising goalie, Mathieu Garon. This could be
the best possible scenario for the Thrashers who have a lot of young
talent, but need a goalie.
Scenario 2: Mike Peca. Big trade talks in the last few days between
Buffalo and Atlanta. Peca who hasn’t been getting along with the
Buffalo organization, after many disputes over contract negotiations,
could possibly make his way to the Thrashers, who are weak at center.
Peca is a great defensive forward who plays with a lot of intensity in
Scenario 3: The Thrashers keep the draft pick.
These three players are probably players the Thrashers are really looking
1) Ilya Kovalchuk – a big and fast 17-year-old with excellent hockey sense. Amazing puck control.
2) Jason Spezza
3) Pascal Leclaire – could be a smart pick since they need a goalie.
are willing to give up a lot for Spezza or Kovalchuk. The Thrashers
already have excellent young talent.
Simon Gamache was the top scorer of the QMJHL this year and Dany
Heatley who was selected second overall last year.