Team Recap: 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers

The 37th-seeded '08-'09 Atlanta Thrashers

The 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers

  • Colby Armstrong (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Zach Bogosian (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Erik Christensen (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Toby Enstrom (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -7   1 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Garnet Exelby (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +4*   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Hainsey (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -7   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Niclas Havelid (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ilya Kovalchuk (LW)
    • 4 GP   3* G   1 A   4* P   -5   28* S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2* Stars
  • Vyacheslav Kozlov (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -3   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kari Lehtonen (G)
    • 4 GP   4 GS   0-4-0   4.00 GAA   .912 SV%   0 SO   1 Stars
  • Bryan Little (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   3 A   4* P   -5   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Motzko (RW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nathan Oystrick (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +4*   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Eric Perrin (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rich Peverley (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   4* A   4* P   -5   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marty Reasoner (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anssi Salmela (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mathieu Schneider (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Colin Stuart (LW)
    • 4 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2* Stars
  • Todd White (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jason Williams (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 20
  • Goals/Game: 2.50
  • Goals Allowed: 17
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.25
  • Shots: 130
  • Shots Allowed: 182
  • Shots/Game: 32.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 45.5
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 0 – 1 of 11 teams to not score a PPG in the tournament
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 4
  • PPGA: 0 – 1 of 5 teams to not allow a PPG in the tournament
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 8

The ’08-’09 Thrashers were the ninth edition of Atlanta’s second NHL franchise, but there would be only two more seasons of Thrashers hockey in Atlanta. The ’08-’09 Thrashers were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut, but did not have a very favorable matchup.

First Round:

Swept by 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks, 4-0

John Anderson was making his NHL head coaching debut during the ’08-’09 season for the Thrashers and his career would end following the next season. After finishing with 76 points the previous year, the Thrashers, once again, finished with 76 points in ’08-’09, both resulted in no postseason play. They posted a record of 35-41-6, which was good for 4th in the Southeast Division, ahead of only the Tampa Bay Lightning. Atlanta was a top 10 offense during the regular season with 257 goals, which was good for 3.13/game. However, that was canceled out with their poor defense that ranked 29th out of 30 teams. They allowed 280 goals, which is 3.42/game. Hockey Reference rated their strength of schedule as 20th-toughest in the league and their SRS rating was -0.30, which made them the 24th-ranked team in the league. That -0.30 SRS rating was the third-best in Thrashers history.

Atlanta was led offensively by their captain Ilya Kovalchuk, lol. He totaled 91 points while the 36-year-old Vyacheslav Kozlov was a far second with 76. Kovalchuk also was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 43 genos while 21-year-old Bryan Little posted a nice season with 31 goals. 33-year-old Todd White ended up as the team’s top playmaker with 51 assists while Slava was a close second with 50 and Kovy a close third with 48. Atlanta had a premier goon during the ’08-’09 season in Eric Boulton, who led them in penalties in minutes with 176. Goaltending was almost split between Kari Lehtonen and long-time veteran Johan Hedberg with Kari getting 45 starts and Hedberg getting 26. As the main starter, Lehtonen posted a 19-22-3 record with a 3.06 goals against average and a .911 save percentage with three shutouts. In terms of some more advanced stats, alternate captain Colby Armstrong posted the highest Corsi% at 50.4, slightly ahead of defenseman Nathan Oystrick, who played in 29 fewer games than Armstrong. Kovalchuk, obviously, posted the highest Point Share at 10.3 while Lehtonen was second at 9.3

Up next are the 36th-seeded ’13-’14 Columbus Blue Jackets!

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