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2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers
Division 4th Southeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2008–09 record 35-41-6
Home record 18-21-2
Road record 17-20-4
Goals for 257
Goals against 280
Team information
General Manager Don Waddell
Coach John Anderson
Captain Vacant (Oct-Jan)Ilya Kovalchuk (Jan- )
Alternate captains Colby Armstrong

Niclas Havelid (Oct-Mar) Ilya Kovalchuk (Oct-Jan) Vyacheslav Kozlov Mathieu Schneider (Oct-Feb)

Arena Philips Arena
Average attendance Average: 14,535

Capacity: 78.4% Total: 276,166

Team leaders
Goals Ilya Kovalchuk (41)
Assists Todd White (49)
Points Ilya Kovalchuk (89)
Penalties in minutes Eric Boulton (163)
Plus/minus Rich Peverley (+14)
Wins Kari Lehtonen (18)
Goals against average Kari Lehtonen (3.09)

The 2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers season is the 9th season of the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Thrashers will attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2006–07 season.

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
2 6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
3 9 Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
4 13 Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
5 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Boston Bruins 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61

bold - qualified for playoffs, y - division winner


Game logEdit

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2008–09 Game Log

Record vs. OpponentsEdit

Team Points Record
New Jersey* 106 1–3–0
NY Islanders 61 3–1–0
NY Rangers 95 2–1–1
Philadelphia 99 0–4–0
Pittsburgh 99 0–4–0
Boston* 116 0–4–0
Buffalo 91 4–0–0
Montreal 93 2–2–0
Ottawa 83 2–2–0
Toronto 81 2–1–1
Carolina 97 3–3–0
Florida 93 2–3–1
Tampa Bay 66 4–1–1
Washington* 108 2–4–0
Chicago 104 0–1–0
Columbus 92 0–1–0
Detroit* 112 0–2–0
Nashville 88 1–0–1
St. Louis 92 0–1–0
Calgary 98 1–0–0
Colorado 69 2–0–0
Edmonton 85 1–0–0
Minnesota 89 0–1–0
Vancouver* 100 1–0–0
Anaheim 91 1–0–0
Dallas 83 0–1–0
Los Angeles 79 1–0–0
Phoenix 79 0–0–1
San Jose* 117 0–1–0

Notes: * denotes division winner; teams in bold are in the Southeast Division; teams in italics qualified for the playoffs; points refer to the points achieved by the team whom the Thrashers played against

PlayoffsEdit

The Atlanta Thrashers failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL Playoffs.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ilya Kovalchuk 79 43 48 91 -12 50
Vyacheslav Kozlov 82 26 50 76 -14 44
Todd White 82 22 51 73 -9 24
Bryan Little 79 31 20 51 -5 24
Colby Armstrong 82 22 18 40 +5 75
Ron Hainsey 81 6 33 39 -16 32
Rich Peverley 39 13 22 35 +16 18
Tobias Enstrom 82 5 27 32 +14 52
Marty Reasoner 79 14 16 30 +11 36
Eric Perrin 78 7 16 23 -2 36
Erik Christensen 47 5 14 19 -7 14
Zach Bogosian 47 9 10 19 +11 47
Jason Williams 41 7 11 18 -9 8
Jim Slater 60 8 10 18 0 52
Niclas Havelid 63 2 13 15 +4 42
Mathieu Schneider 44 4 11 15 -10 50
Chris Thorburn 82 7 8 15 -10 104
Eric Boulton 76 3 10 13 -3 176
Nathan Oystrick 53 4 8 12 -2 50
Joseph Crabb 29 4 5 9 -2 28
Colin Stuart 33 5 3 8 +3 18
Garnet Exelby 59 0 7 7 -2 120
Boris Valabik 50 0 5 5 -14 132
Anssi Salmela 9 1 2 3 0 2
Joe Motzko 6 1 0 1 +1 0
Brett Sterling 6 1 0 1 -3 2
Scott Lehman 1 0 0 0 0 0
Clay Wilson 2 0 0 0 -1 0
Jordan LaVallee 2 0 0 0 -1 0
Grant Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Spencer Machacek 2 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Kari Lehtonen 46 2624 19 22 3 134 3.06 1498 1364 .911 3
Johan Hedberg 33 1716 13 12 3 100 3.49 875 775 .886 0
Ondrej Pavelec 12 599 3 7 0 36 3.60 301 265 .880 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Thrashers. Stats reflect season totals. Traded mid-season underline/italics denotes franchise record

Note:

Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Zach Bogosian 1st NHL Game October 10, 2008
Colby Armstrong 200th NHL Game October 10, 2008
Garnet Exelby 300th NHL Game October 11, 2008
Nathan Oystrick 1st NHL Game October 14, 2008
Mathieu Schneider 1,200th NHL Game October 14, 2008
Jason Williams 300th NHL Game October 16, 2008
Todd White 500th NHL Game November 2, 2008
Bryan Little 1st NHL Hat Trick December 26, 2008
Kari Lehtonen 200th NHL Game March 16, 2009
Eric Perrin 100 NHL Point March 24, 2009

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

Date Details
September 26, 2008 To Anaheim Ducks----

Ken Klee Brad Larsen Chad Painchaud

To Atlanta Thrashers----

Mathieu Schneider

January 13, 2008 To New York Islanders----

Junior Lessard

To Atlanta Thrashers----

Brett Skinner

January 14, 2008 To Columbus Blue Jackets----

Jason Williams

To Atlanta Thrashers----

Clay Wilson 2009 6th round draft pick

February 16, 2008 To Montreal Canadiens----

Mathieu Schneider 2009 conditional draft pick

To Atlanta Thrashers----

2009 2nd round draft pick 2010 3rd round draft pick

March 2, 2008 To New Jersey Devils----

Niclas Havelid Myles Stoesz

To Atlanta Thrashers----

Anssi Salmela

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Player New team
Bobby Holik New Jersey Devils
Mark Recchi[1] Tampa Bay Lightning
Jason Krog Vancouver Canucks

Claimed from waiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Rich Peverley Nashville Predators January 10, 2009

RosterEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
20 Canada Colby Armstrong (A) RW R 27 2008 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
4 United States Zach Bogosian D R 20 2008 Massena, New York
36 Canada Eric Boulton LW L 34 2005 Halifax, Nova Scotia
39 Sweden Tobias Enstrom D L 25 2003 Nordingrå, Sweden
2 Canada Garnet Exelby D L 29 1999 Ste. Anne, Manitoba
6 United States Ron Hainsey D L 29 2008 Bolton, Connecticut
1 Sweden Johan Hedberg G L 37 2006 Leksand, Sweden
17 Russia Ilya Kovalchuk (C) LW R 27 2001 Tver, U.S.S.R.
13 Russia Vyacheslav Kozlov (A) LW L 38 2002 Voskresensk, U.S.S.R.
32 Finland Kari Lehtonen G L 26 2002 Helsinki, Finland
38 United States Grant Lewis D R 25 2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 USA Brian Little C R 22 2006 Edmonton, Alberta
7 Canada Nathan Oystrick D L 27 2002 Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Canada Eric Perrin C L 34 2007 Laval, Quebec
47 Canada Rich Peverley C R 28 2008 Guelph, Ontario
19 United States Marty Reasoner C L 33 2008 Honeoye Falls, New York
23 United States Jim Slater C L 27 2002 Petoskey, Michigan
49 United States Colin Stuart LW L 28 2001 Rochester, Minnesota
30 Canada Dan Turple G L 25 2004 Oakville, Ontario
27 Canada Chris Thorburn C R 27 2007 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
49 Slovakia Boris Valabik D L 24 2004 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
12 Canada Todd White C L 35 2007 Kanata, Ontario

Draft picksEdit

Atlanta's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa • Ontario.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 3 Zach Bogosian (D) United States Peterborough Petes (OHL)
1 29 (from Pittsburgh) Daultan Leveille (C) Canada St. Catharines Falcons (GOJHL)
3 64 Danick Hudon-Paquette (RW) Canada Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
4 94 Vinny Saponari (RW) United States US National Team Development Program U-18
5 124 Nicklas Lasu (LW) Sweden Frölunda HC (Sweden Jr.)
6 154 Christopher Carrozzi (G) Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
7 184 Zach Redmond (D) United States Ferris State University (CCHA)

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