Puck, meet net. Repeat.
The Thrashers' defense is pretty solid, but grabbing a goal scorer would be huge
Plugging Holes -- Atlanta Thrashers
The Hole: More goal scorers
Steve Yzerman's hire in Tampa Bay garnered all the press clippings during the playoffs, but the Thrashers' hire of Rick Dudley should not be underestimated. Many people aren't aware that Dudley was one of the men in charge of rebuilding the now-dominant Chicago Blackhawks.
His hire in Atlanta should lead to greater things.
The Thrashers exhibited a run-and-gun style under former coach John Anderson, so the fact the team was 25th in the NHL in goals against per game was not a huge surprise. Conversely, the Thrashers probably scored more goals (12th in NHL in goals for) due to their style of play and defensive indifference than sheer top-end talent. The defense is actually quite solid with Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian, Johnny Oduya and Tobias Enstrom as the top four. As a result, expect the Thrashers to add some offense this offseason.
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