Kovalchuk won't be only star in Atlanta
One-man show could finally end if projections hold true
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, checking in Sunday with the Thrashers.
Summer Skate -- Atlanta Thrashers
After a difficult 2008-09 season, the Thrashers have added some talent through free agency (Nikolai Antropov), trade (Pavel Kubina) and the Entry Draft (Evander Kane). However, even with that added skill and depth, the key to the Thrashers' success may still hinge on the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, the progression of Zach Bogosian and the play of the talented Kari Lehtonen. So who will sizzle in Hotlanta?
To see which player could soar, which could sink and which could be a potential impact prospect, you must be an ESPN Insider.
2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
Note: For definitions of GVT and VUKOTA, click here.