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Old 01-17-2004, 06:56 AM   #1
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The time is getting closer and closer as Dany Heatley looks to get back on the ice and play his first NHL game since that horrible accident. You look at Atlanta though and the way this team has played for the most part without Heatley, this team will only get better when he comes back. As part of the wacky seedings the NHL uses, if the Trashers can win the Southeast Division they'd finish third place overall. I think this team can do a lot of potential damage in the playoffs regardless of who they play.

Kovalchuk, Savard, McEachern & Kozlov have been pretty outstanding and once you throw Heatley in that mix this team all of a sudden looks legit to me. What does everybody else think?
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Old 01-17-2004, 09:56 AM   #2
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I competely agree. Atlanta has been a strong team without Heatley all season in the very weak south division and with him returning to the ice this team can suddenly become very dangerous. With 2 of the best young players in the game Atlanta will be a tough out in the play offs.
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Old 01-17-2004, 10:31 AM   #3
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they may win the first round this year, but not much more 'till Nurminen gets some experience
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Old 01-17-2004, 11:47 AM   #4
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I doubt that the thrashers would make much of an imprint in the playoffs. Without depth on Offense and Defense and suspect goaltending and a total lack of experience in the playoffs you have to wonder if they'll even get past the first round.

But it is nice to see them on the other end of the standings instead of being in last place..
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I like what the Thrashers have... same as I like the Panthers. These teams have the potential (if they can keep their players) to do some damage.

Oh... if they're still in the ATL in two years
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Without depth on Offense and Defense and suspect goaltending and a total lack of experience in the playoffs you have to wonder if they'll even get past the first round.
Are you sure about that lack of offensive depth? Atlanta leads the Eastern Confrence in team goals with 134 and are third overall in the NHL. As soon as Heatley returns those numbers will go sky high. The biggest concern will be goaltending, but so far Pasi Nurminen has proven to be an average starter while Byron Dafoe has been getting some starts lately.
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