Atlanta Thrashers training camp got underway
today, with 50 players taking part. Defenseman Braydon Coburn couldn’t
wait to get started throwing checks, and was probably the most physical player
on the ice. Karl Stewart performed very well ‘climbing the
mountain,’ a full leg ahead of others in his group. Alex
Bourret, a 2005 draft pick, learned very quickly that there were no cutting
corners at a Bob Hartley training camp. He failed to touch a line and had
to redo a drill. Bourret was the only player to practice with two
groups, A and C, on Tuesday.
Below are the practice groups and lines.
Only four goaltenders are taking part in camp, and are
rotating between the groups: Kari Lehtonen, Mike Dunham, Michael
Garnett and Adam Berkhoel.
Boris Valabik suffered a pulled hamstring
at the Traverse City Rookie Tournament and will begin skating probably late this
week. Jordan LaVallee is skating with the group, but is hampered by
a slight back injury.
Pat Dwyer and Tim Wedderburn, both
under contract with Chicago, were late adds to the roster.
Coach Hartley indicated that the first cuts would
come after the team returned from this weekend’s preseason games in London,
Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. This would put the cuts on Sept. 19th, and
bring the roster down to about 28 or 29. “The kids” will get a
chance to play in those first two preseason games, but there will be “No
freebies” according to Hartley. “They will have to earn those
GM Don Waddell said that the team anticipates carrying 21-22
players on the active roster.
Traverse City Tournament
Brad Schell, Alex Bourret, Adam Smyth and Juraj
Gracik each had three points apiece for the Thrashers squad at the prospect
evaluation tournament held Sept. 6-10 in Traverse City, Mich. The team
finished with a 1-3-0 record, playing against prospects from the Columbus Blue
Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning.
* Indicates free agent invitees.
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