Rachel Campbell, Lead Writer at Thrasher Backer, gives us a terrific look at the Atlanta Thrashers. Her team finished 34-36-12 and sat 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. Not to mention, an ugly 6-1 loss to the Hurricanes on April 8th. Sorry to remind you Rachel!
I adore Rachel for her recent Rookie Willpower post as well. A fan of Skinny’s is a friend of mine!
1. Sum up your 2010-11 season in one word.
2. What was your favorite moment from this past season?
The 3rd period comeback Win against the Flyers. Down 0-3, we came back and with less than a minute remaining, Captain Ladd tied the game taking it into overtime. Then Ron Hainsey came and scored the game winner… That game was SICK!
3. What player(s) on your team should be feared next season and why?
Andrew Ladd – I look at him as the silent attacker. This year was a strong year for him and I believe, as long as we keep him, he will be improving even more next year.
Rob Schremp – again, as long as we keep him. I think this guy’s mad puck handling skills combined with some of our top scorers is going to make him a huge reason to fear his line
Jim Slater – he had to sit out much of the season this last season and is so eager to get back in the game. I think he is going to come back tougher and more bad ass them before.
Bogo/ Kane – the Atlanta Thrashers really put a lot into these two. This past season, in particular for Kane was not what everyone expected out of him. I think, between the two of them they will be given one more chance…and I think, being told this is it, are going to start showing what they are really made of. Bogosian was on his way towards doing that at the end of the season this last season and I do believe he is going to really be someone to be feared this season.
4. Going into 2011-12, what do you feel will be your team’s strengths / weaknesses?
Weaknesses? We NEED a solid forward. The salary we have to work with should be a strength to get us what we need. We have players that are really stepping up, fine tuning their talent, showing their skill and really enthusiastic about being a part of the Atlanta Thrashers. This is a huge strength! Weakness – We still have the ability to fall APART at the drop of a…well, puck, unfortunately. AND we still have members of our team that do not know what TEAM means. Pavelec, though he has really worked on his consistency, is still very inconsistent and Chris Mason is almost as equally inconsistent. We need the two of them to work on this or find a consistent goalie
5. What player/staffing changes have happened/forecasted for the upcoming year?
No question – new owners. We need ownership that really wants to OWN a NHL team and build a fan base. The fans are here, they really are, there is just no one inviting them to come on down. The current team went through so many ups and downs, well, mostly downs and they deserve better…