I hate to bump the excellent Ron Hainsey post below, but couldn't leave our readers without a report from today's practice.
Coach Ramsay emphasized offense on the after the Thrashers posted three goals in a losing effort to the visiting Nashville Predators.
After warming up, the team began with a drill intercepting passes coming out of the offensive zone then driving back in and getting off a quick shot from above the faceoff circles. That was followed by drills cycling the puck up high between a point man and winger, then two man breaks against the goalies, one on one drills, and finally three on two end to end drills.
Dustin Byfuglien did not skate and Chris Vivlamore attributed that to an ankle injury he is still nursing. Jimmy Slater once again skated but did not take part in drills.
Interesting line combinations today included Burmistrov skating with the bruisers between Thorburn and Eager, a Swedistan line with Antropov, Modin, and Petterson, and a speedy line of Peverly between Kane and Stewart.
With Slater and Cormier still on the sidelines, might we see Burmistrov get a little taste of the NHL, playing five or six minutes a night for the first few games before being sent back to Junior to gain muscle and experience?