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2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers · NHL
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
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)
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 GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-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
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

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

     = Member of the Atlantic Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Southeast Division
     = Member of the Central Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Pacific Division

PlayoffsEdit

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

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk 79 43 48 91 -12 50
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov 82 26 50 76 -14 44
White, ToddTodd White 82 22 51 73 -9 24
Little, BryanBryan Little 79 31 20 51 -5 24
Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong 82 22 18 40 +5 75
Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey 81 6 33 39 -16 32
Peverley, RichRich Peverley 39 13 22 35 +16 18
Enstrom, TobiasTobias Enstrom 82 5 27 32 +14 52
Reasoner, MartyMarty Reasoner 79 14 16 30 +11 36
Perrin, EricEric Perrin 78 7 16 23 -2 36
Christensen, ErikErik Christensen 47 5 14 19 -7 14
Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian 47 9 10 19 +11 47
Williams, JasonJason Williams 41 7 11 18 -9 8
Slater, JimJim Slater 60 8 10 18 0 52
Havelid, NiclasNiclas Havelid 63 2 13 15 +4 42
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider 44 4 11 15 -10 50
Thorburn, ChrisChris Thorburn 82 7 8 15 -10 104
Boulton, EricEric Boulton 76 3 10 13 -3 176
Oystrick, NathanNathan Oystrick 53 4 8 12 -2 50
Crabb, JosephJoseph Crabb 29 4 5 9 -2 28
Stuart, ColinColin Stuart 33 5 3 8 +3 18
Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby 59 0 7 7 -2 120
Valabik, BorisBoris Valabik 50 0 5 5 -14 132
Salmela, AnssiAnssi Salmela 9 1 2 3 0 2
Motzko, JoeJoe Motzko 6 1 0 1 +1 0
Sterling, BrettBrett Sterling 6 1 0 1 -3 2
Lehman, ScottScott Lehman 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson, ClayClay Wilson 2 0 0 0 -1 0
LaVallee, JordanJordan LaVallee 2 0 0 0 -1 0
Lewis, GrantGrant Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Machacek, SpencerSpencer Machacek 2 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Lehtonen, KariKari Lehtonen 46 2624 19 22 3 134 3.06 1498 1364 .911 3
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 33 1716 13 12 3 100 3.49 875 775 .886 0
Pavelec, OndrejOndrej 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

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

Updated April 1, 2009.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
20 Flag of Canada.svg Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong

 (A)

RW R 34 2008 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
4 Flag of the United States Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian

D R 26 2008 Massena, New York
36 Flag of Canada.svg Boulton, EricEric Boulton

LW L 40 2005 Halifax, Nova Scotia
39 Flag of Sweden Enstrom, TobiasTobias Enstrom

D L 32 2003 Nordingrå, Sweden
2 Flag of Canada.svg Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby

D L 35 1999 Ste. Anne, Manitoba
6 Flag of the United States Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey

D L 35 2008 Bolton, Connecticut
1 Flag of Sweden Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg

G L 43 2006 Leksand, Sweden
17 Flag of Russia Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk

 (C)

LW R 33 2001 Tver, U.S.S.R.
13 Flag of Russia Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov

 (A)

LW L 44 2002 Voskresensk, U.S.S.R.
32 Flag of Finland Lehtonen, KariKari Lehtonen

G L 33 2002 Helsinki, Finland
38 Flag of the United States Lewis, GrantGrant Lewis

D R 31 2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Flag of Canada.svg Little, BryanBryan Little

C R 29 2006 Edmonton, Alberta
7 Flag of Canada.svg Oystrick, NathanNathan Oystrick

D L 33 2002 Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Flag of Canada.svg Perrin, EricEric Perrin

C L 41 2007 Laval, Quebec
47 Flag of Canada.svg Peverley, RichRich Peverley

C R 34 2008 Guelph, Ontario
19 Flag of the United States Reasoner, MartyMarty Reasoner

C L 39 2008 Honeoye Falls, New York
23 Flag of the United States Slater, JimJim Slater

 Injury icon

C L 33 2002 Petoskey, Michigan
49 Flag of the United States Stuart, ColinColin Stuart

LW L 34 2001 Rochester, Minnesota
30 Flag of Canada.svg Turple, DanDan Turple

G L 31 2004 Oakville, Ontario
27 Flag of Canada.svg Thorburn, ChrisChris Thorburn

C R 33 2007 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
49 Flag of Slovakia Valabik, BorisBoris Valabik

D L 30 2004 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
12 Flag of Canada.svg White, ToddTodd White

C L 41 2007 Kanata, Ontario

Draft picksEdit

Atlanta's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in OttawaOntario.

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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