Thrashers Organizational Strengths and Weaknesses

By Holly Gunning

As the 2003 Entry Draft approaches, it’s a good time to take stock of the organization, and see where the Thrashers’ strengths and weaknesses are in certain areas. Below are the categories that Thrasher prospects fall into as far as the types of players they are. If they are currently ranked in the Thrashers Top 20 Prospects on the team page, their rank is given beside their name.

Offensive Defensemen
Kurtis Foster #3
Luke Sellars
Jeff Dwyer
Mark McRae

Two-way defensemen
Kirill Safronov #6
Paul Flache
Nathan Oystrick
Tyler Boldt
Evan Nielsen
Mario Cartelli

Defensive defensemen
Garnet Exelby #2
Ilja Nikulin #4
Libor Ustrnul #10
Joe DiPenta
Matt Suderman
Brian Sipotz
Lane Manson

Offensive Forwards (1st and 2nd liners)
Tommi Santala #8
Anthony Aquino #12
Mark Hartigan #14
Yuri Dobryshkin #18
Stephen Baby #19
Simon Gamache #20
Jeff Farkas

Tweeners (2nd or 3rd line talent)
Jim Slater #5
Karl Stewart #9
Colton Fretter #13
Pat Dwyer #15
Colin Stuart #16
Zdenek Blatny #17
Milan Gajic
Brad Schell

Defensive Forwards (3rd or 4th liners)
Derek MacKenzie #11
Brian Maloney
Matt McRae
David Kaczowka
Colin Fitzrandolph
Samu Isosalo

Kari Lehtonen #1
Michael Garnett #7
Zdenek Smid

Comments and questions are welcomed on the Thrashers HFBoards.