Some photos from the first Thrashers preseason game in Nashville. They won 4-2.
Boris Valabik. He got a 10-minute misconduct for gratuitous cross-checking around the net. He was partnered with Hainsey and those two were very effective. The improvement in Valabik's skating is noticeable and he said he's gotten good comments on it. In talking to him, he seems a bit more relaxed than he did when he was up with the team last year.
Ondrej Pavelec, now wearing #31. Everyone should get to pick out their number eventually. He's not a rookie this year so he piped up and got the number he wanted. Pavelec played very well tonight, even though he said he wasn't quite himself to start the game. He didn't fully see the two goals he gave up.
Here's how full the arena was. Not very.
Anything I didn't catch in this game I'm blaming on Spencer Machacek and his faux hawk a row below me.
It looked like Grant Lewis would love to have Exelby as his partner every game. Lewis had some turnovers, but he brought something to the table with his offense. He moved the puck well on the power play and took the puck in deep a couple times.
Angelo Esposito puts on his thoughtful face.
Oystrick really needed to play a great game, after what happened last year. But, he really didn't. It was an odd mix of letting Rivers do too much, and also running around out of position.
This one of Crabb and Oystrick seems to need a caption.