Thrashers Prospect Assignments: 2002-03 and 2003-04

By Holly Gunning



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Thrashers Prospect Assignments: 2002-03 and 2003-04

This is the time of year when GM Don Waddell calls up prospects to the big
show, tries to determine the extent of their development and makes “back of
the envelope” guesses at who can compete for a roster spot next fall and where
each prospect is 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 will likely be in 2003-04. Players are listed
in groups, first pro, then juniors, European, and college players. Pro players
are listed in rough order of how much time they saw with the big club this year.

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

PlayerPosition
Age
2002-03
level
2003-04
level
Exelby
D
21
AHL+NHL
Safronov
D
22
AHL/NHLNHL/AHL
Hartigan
C
25
AHL+NHL/AHL
Blatny
F
22
AHL+AHL+
Foster
D
21
AHL+AHL+
Gamache
F
22
AHL+AHL+
MacKenzie
F
21
AHLAHL+
Aquino
RW
20
juniors/AHLAHL+
Ustrnul
D
21
AHLAHL
Sellars
D
21
AHL-AHL+
Kaczowka
F
21
ECHL+AHL/ECHL
Flache
D
21
ECHLECHL/AHL
Garnett
G
20
ECHL+AHL/ECHL
Stewart
LW
19
juniorsAHL
Suderman
D
20
juniorsAHL/ECHL?
Schell
C
18
juniorsjuniors
Boldt
D
19
juniorsjuniors
Manson
D
19
juniorsjuniors
Lehtonen
G
19
EuropeAHL+
Santala
F
23
EuropeAHL+
Nikulin
D
21
EuropeAHL
Dobryshkin
F
23
EuropeEurope/AHL?
Smid
G
23
EuropeEurope
Isosalo
F
21
EuropeEurope
Cartelli
D
23
EuropeEurope
Baby
F

senior
collegeAHL
Nielsen
D
senior
college/AHLreleased
McRae,
Mark
D
senior
collegeAHL
McRae,
Matt
C
senior
collegereleased?
Stuart
LW
junior
collegecollege
Dwyer,
Jeff
D
junior
collegecollege
Slater
C
sophomore
collegecollege
Gajic
C
sophomore
collegecollege
Dwyer,
Pat
RW
sophomore
collegecollege
Sipotz
D
sophomore
collegecollege
Fitzrandolph
C
sophomore
collegecollege
Fretter
RW/C
freshman
collegecollege
Oystrick
D
freshman
collegecollege

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