The Edmonton Oilers have an opportunity for three wins in a row, after a pair of 4-1 wins over the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. Their opponent this afternoon is the Atlanta Thrashers, a franchise that made one of the biggest moves in a trade-filled Friday.
Given the lateness of this post, I’ll just be putting together a few quick notes on the Thrashers.
Like the Edmonton Oilers of the last few years, the Thrashers are shallow down the middle. They sent away Rich Peverley yesterday, their top centre, and behind him there are a lot of question marks and not much certainty. Bryan Little, rookie Alexander Burmistrov, Nik Antropov and Jim Slater have all spent time at centre this season. It’s not an overwhelming group.
Still, most eyes today aren’t going to be on the centre-ice position. In Atlanta, most fans will be focused on the new additions to the team. Here in Edmonton, however, fans will probably be watching Zach Bogosian. He’s been rumoured to be on the trading block for the last few weeks and he would fit in beautifully on the Oilers blue-line. If the Thrashers are selling, though, it’s tough to see why they would move him.
Enjoy the game.
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