Thrashers prospect assignments

By Holly Gunning

This is the time of year when GM Don Waddell calls up prospects to the big show and tries to determine the extent of their development by looking at them against other NHLers. He is making “back of the envelope” guesses at what his roster might look like next fall and where the prospects are best suited to play. We at Hockey’s Future can do the same. Below is an accounting of where each prospect played this year, and a “back of the envelope” guess at where they might be in 2002-03. As speculation, it is designed to encourage discussion. Pro players are listed in rough order of where they stand on the depth chart.

Notation: When two levels are listed for a player, the one listed first is where the player spent most of his time. The plusses and minuses indicate brief call-ups or send-downs. For instance, Ben Simon played most of the year in the AHL, but was called up to the NHL briefly, therefore his level was AHL+ for the year.

PlayerPosition2001-02
level
2002-03
level
PothierDAHL/NHLNHL
HartiganCcollege/NHLNHL-
VigierFAHL+NHL/AHL
SafronovDAHL+AHL/NHL
WeaverDAHL/NHLAHL/NHL
LessardDAHL+AHL+
PirosCAHL+AHL+
ExelbyDAHLAHL+
TapperFAHL/NHLAHL+
SimonFAHL+AHL+
MacKenzieFAHLAHL+
SnyderFAHL+
AHL+
DiPentaDAHLAHL
UstrnulDjuniors/AHLAHL
NikulinDEuropeEurope/AHL
SantalaFEuropeEurope/AHL
ZainullinFEuropeAHL
FosterDjuniors/AHLAHL
DessnerDAHL-AHL
FankhouserGAHL-AHL
GamacheFECHL/AHLAHL
SellarsDAHL/ECHLAHL
BlatnyFAHL/ECHLAHL
KaczowkaFECHL/AHLAHL/ECHL
RobsonCjuniorsjuniors
Bowen *FWCHL? maybe none
MalletteCjuniorsjuniors
GarnettGjuniorsjuniors
SudermanDjuniorsjuniors
SmidGEuropeEurope
DobryshkinFEuropeEurope
IsosaloFEuropeEurope
CartelliDEuropeEurope
BabyFcollegecollege
DiLauro*DcollegeAHL
GajicCcollegecollege
DwyerDcollegecollege
McRae
(2)
C
and D
collegecollege
NielsenDcollegecollege
SipotzDcollegecollege
StuartCcollegecollege
FitzrandolphCcollegecollege