2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers season

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2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers
Division4th Southeast
Conference13th Eastern
2008–09 record35–41–6
Home record18–21–2
Road record17–20–4
Goals for257
Goals against280
Team information
General ManagerDon Waddell
CoachJohn Anderson
CaptainVacant (Oct.–Jan.)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Jan.–Apr.)
Alternate captainsColby Armstrong
Niclas Havelid (Oct.–Mar.)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Oct.–Jan.)
Vyacheslav Kozlov
Mathieu Schneider (Oct.–Feb.)
ArenaPhilips Arena
Average attendanceAverage: 14,535
Capacity: 78.4%
Total: 276,166
Team leaders
GoalsIlya Kovalchuk (43)
AssistsTodd White (49)
PointsIlya Kovalchuk (91)
Penalty minutesEric Boulton (163)
Plus/minusRich Peverley (+14)
WinsKari Lehtonen (18)
Goals against averageKari Lehtonen (3.09)

The 2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers season was the tenth season of the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Thrashers attempted to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2006–07 season, but failed.

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Southeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
2 Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
3 Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
4 Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Boston Bruins NE 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
2 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
3 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
6 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
7 New York Rangers AT 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
8.5
9 Florida Panthers SE 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
11 Ottawa Senators NE 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
13 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
15 New York Islanders AT 82 26 47 9 201 279 61

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)

AT – Atlantic Division, NE – Northeast Division, SE – Southeast Division


Schedule and results[edit]

  • 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. Opponents[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

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; GPI = 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 records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

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

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

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
6th-round pick in 2009 – David Pacan
February 16, 2008 To Montreal Canadiens
Mathieu Schneider
Conditional pick in 2009 (condition satisfied) – Joonas Nattinen
To Atlanta Thrashers
2nd-round pick in 2009 – Jeremy Morin
3rd-round pick in 2010 – Julian Melchiori
March 2, 2008 To New Jersey Devils
Niclas Havelid
Myles Stoesz
To Atlanta Thrashers
Anssi Salmela

Free agents[edit]

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 waivers[edit]

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

Draft picks[edit]

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 U.S. National Team Development Program (NAHL)
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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]