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04-27-2011, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr. View Post
Or are the Thrashers just ridiculously unlucky?

If only it was as easy as drafting early, then putting your feet up and letting the Cups start rolling in.
1999 1* Patrik Štefan Center Czech Republic Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL)
2000 2 Dany Heatley Left wing Canada University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
2001 1* Ilya Kovalchuk Left wing Russia Moscow Spartak (RSL)
2002 2 Kari Lehtonen Goaltender Finland Jokerit Helsinki (SM-liiga)
2002 30 Jim Slater Center United States Michigan State University (CCHA)
2003 8 Braydon Coburn Defense Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
2004 10 Boris Valábik Defense Slovakia Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2005 16 Alex Bourret≠ Right wing Canada Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
2006 12 Bryan Little Center Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)
2007 No Pick
2008 3 Zach Bogosian Defense United States Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2008 29 Daultan Leveille≠ Center Canada St. Catharines Falcons (GHJHL)
2009 4 Evander Kane Center Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
2010 8 Alexander Burmistrov Center Russia Barrie Colts (OHL)

they haven't done too bad for themselves.

It all comes down to this. If the Thrashers still had Heatley and Kovalchuk, they'd be a HELL of a lot better than they are today. If those 2 had developed together, grown together, and the Thrashers had developed a winning tradition with those 2 franchise players, things would have been very different today. Unfortunately Heatley got into a car accident, killed his best friend, and needed to get away from Atlanta. then it was Kovalchuk and Hossa, and Hossa wasn't going to stay here, he had no loyalty to the city of Atlanta as a high draft pick and coming through the organization.

Thrashers haven't been great drafting, but they haven't been all that awful either

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