List of Atlanta Thrashers draft picks

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The Thrashers selected Ilya Kovalchuk first overall in 2001.

The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey franchise based in Atlanta, Georgia. They played in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The franchise was founded in 1999 and existed for 12 years before relocating to Winnipeg, Manitoba to become the Jets in 2011.[2] During their existence the Thrashers drafted 107 players with the 2010 draft being their twelfth and final.[3]

The NHL Entry Draft is held each June, allowing teams to select players who have turned 18 years old by September 15 in the year the draft is held. The draft order is determined by the previous season's order of finish, with non-playoff teams drafting first, followed by the teams that made the playoffs, with the specific order determined by the number of points earned by each team.[4] The NHL holds a weighted lottery for the 14 non-playoff teams, allowing the winner to move up a maximum of four positions in the entry draft.[5] The team with the fewest points has the best chance of winning the lottery, with each successive team given a lower chance of moving up in the draft.[4]

Atlanta's first draft pick was Patrik Stefan, taken first overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He played seven seasons in the NHL, but has been called one of the biggest draft busts in league history.[6][7] Two years after drafting Stefan, Atlanta again had the first overall pick and selected Ilya Kovalchuk. He became the Thrashers all-time leader in 10 statistical categories. He is the leader in goals, assists, points, shots on goal, overtime goals, power play goals, game-winning goals, and games played.[8]

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The Thrashers selected Garnet Exelby 217th overall in 1999.
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Dany Heatley was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in 2000.
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The Thrashers selected Michael Garnett 80th overall in 2001.
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The Thrashers selected Kari Lehtonen 2nd overall in 2002.
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The Thrashers selected Boris Valabik 10th overall in 2004.
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Ondrej Pavelec, shown here with the Winnipeg Jets, was taken in the 2nd round, 41st overall, in 2005.
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The Thrashers selected Bryan Little 12th overall in 2006.
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Zach Bogosian, shown here with the Winnipeg Jets, was taken 3rd overall, in 2008.
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The Thrashers selected Evander Kane with the 4th overall pick in 2009.
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Alexander Burmistrov was the Thrashers' final first round pick, selected 8th overall in 2010.

Statistics are complete as of the 2014–15 NHL season and show each player's career regular season totals in the NHL. Wins, losses, ties, overtime losses and goals against average apply to goaltenders and are used only for players at that position. A player listed with a dash under the games played column has not played in the NHL.

Year Round Pick Player Nationality Pos GP G A Pts PIM W L T OT GAA
1999 1 1 Stefan, PatrikPatrik Stefan  Czech Republic C 455 64 124 188 158 &
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1999 2 30 Sellars, LukeLuke Sellars  Canada D 1 0 0 0 2 &
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1999 3 68 Blatny, ZdenekZdenek Blatny  Czech Republic LW 25 3 0 3 8 &
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1999 4 98 David Kaczowka  Canada LW &
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1999 4 99 Zepp, RobRob Zepp  Canada G 10 0 0 0 0 5 2 &
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1999 5 128 MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie  Canada C 389 36 46 82 220 &
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1999 6 159 Dobryshkin, YuriYuri Dobryshkin  Russia RW &
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1999 7 188 Baby, StephenStephen Baby  United States RW &
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1999 8 217 Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby  Canada D 408 7 43 50 584 &
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1999 9 245 Santala, TommiTommi Santala  Finland C 63 2 7 9 46 &
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1999 9 246 DiLauro, RayRay DiLauro  United States D &
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2000 1 2 Heatley, DanyDany Heatley  Canada LW 869 372 419 791 620 &
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2000 2 31 Nikulin, IlyaIlya Nikulin  Russia D &
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2000 2 42 Ustrnul, LiborLibor Ustrnul  Czech Republic D &
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2000 4 107 Carl Mallette  Canada C &
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2000 4 108 Blake Robson  Canada LW &
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2000 5 147 Matthew McRae  Canada F &
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2000 6 168 Smid, ZdenekZdenek Smid  Czech Republic G &
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2000 6 178 Jeff Dwyer  United States D &
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2000 6 108 Hordichuk, DarcyDarcy Hordichuk  Canada LW 542 20 21 41 1,140 &
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2000 8 230 Isosalo, SamuSamu Isosalo  Finland C &
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2000 8 242 Evan Nielsen  United States D &
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2000 8 244 Eric Bowen  United States RW &
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2000 9 288 Mark McRae  Canada D &
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2000 9 290 Gamache, SimonSimon Gamache  Canada LW 48 6 7 13 18 &
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2001 1 1 Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk  Russia LW 816 417 399 816 516 &
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2001 3 80 Garnett, MichaelMichael Garnett  Canada G 24 0 2 2 0 10 7 &
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2001 4 100 Sipotz, BrianBrian Sipotz  United States D &
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2001 4 112 Gajic, MilanMilan Gajic  Canada C &
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2001 5 135 Stuart, ColinColin Stuart  United States LW 56 8 5 13 26 &
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2001 6 189 Nurminen, PasiPasi Nurminen  Finland G 125 0 5 5 39 48 54 12 &
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2001 7 199 Matt Suderman  Canada D &
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2001 7 201 Colin FitzRandolph  United States F &
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2001 9 262 Cartelli, MarioMario Cartelli  Czech Republic D &
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2002 1 2 Lehtonen, KariKari Lehtonen  Finland G 510 0 24 24 32 248 184 0 55 2.70
2002 1 30 Slater, JimJim Slater  United States C 584 67 71 138 407 &
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2002 4 116 Dwyer, PatrickPatrick Dwyer  United States RW 416 42 51 93 77 &
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2002 4 124 Lane Manson  Canada D &
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2002 5 144 Paul Flache  Canada D &
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2002 6 167 Schell, BradBrad Schell  Canada C &
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2002 7 198 Oystrick, NathanNathan Oystrick  Canada D 65 5 10 15 61 &
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2002 8 230 Fretter, ColtonColton Fretter  Canada F &
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2002 8 236 Tyler Boldt  Canada D &
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2002 8 257 Levokari, PauliPauli Levokari  Finland D &
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2003 1 8 Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn  Canada D 618 37 131 168 513 &
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2003 4 110 Sharrow, JimJim Sharrow  United States D &
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2003 4 116 Desbiens, GuillaumeGuillaume Desbiens  Canada RW 23 0 0 0 37 &
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2003 4 136 Mike Vannelli  United States D &
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2003 5 145 Sterling, BrettBrett Sterling  United States LW 30 5 4 9 32 &
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2003 6 175 Mike Hamilton  Canada F &
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2003 7 203 Loginov, DenisDenis Loginov  Russia C &
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2003 8 239 Enstrom, TobiasTobias Enstrom  Sweden D 544 50 222 272 316 &
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2003 9 269 Kaip, RylanRylan Kaip  Canada C &
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2004 1 10 Valabik, BorisBoris Valabik  Slovakia D 80 0 7 7 210 &
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2004 2 40 Lewis, GrantGrant Lewis  United States D 1 0 0 0 0 &
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2004 3 76 Lehman, ScottScott Lehman  Canada D 1 0 0 0 0 &
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2004 4 106 Painchaud, ChadChad Painchaud  Canada RW &
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2004 5 142 Gracik, JurajJuraj Gracik  Slovakia RW &
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2004 6 186 Turple, DanDan Turple  Canada G &
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2004 7 204 Tuomainen, MiikkaMiikka Tuomainen  Finland LW &
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2004 8 237 Mitch Carefoot  Canada C &
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2004 9 270 Matt Siddall  Canada RW &
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2005 1 16 Bourret, AlexAlex Bourret  Canada RW &
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2005 2 41 Pavelec, OndrejOndrej Pavelec  Czech Republic G 338 0 6 6 10 135 141 &
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2005 2 49 Denny, ChadChad Denny  Canada D &
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2005 2 53 Kozek, AndrewAndrew Kozek  Canada F &
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2005 4 116 Smotherman, JordanJordan Smotherman  United States LW 4 1 1 2 0 &
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2005 5 135 Pospisil, TomasTomas Pospisil  Czech Republic LW &
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2005 6 186 Zubarev, AndreiAndrei Zubarev  Russia D 4 0 1 1 4 &
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2005 7 207 Stoesz, MylesMyles Stoesz  Canada LW &
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2006 1 12 Little, BryanBryan Little  Canada C 556 146 197 343 207 &
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2006 2 43 Holzapfel, RileyRiley Holzapfel  Canada C &
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2006 3 80 Forney, MichaelMichael Forney  United States LW &
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2006 5 135 Alex Kangas  United States G &
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2006 6 165 Enlund, JonasJonas Enlund  Finland C &
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2006 7 195 Jesse Martin  Canada C &
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2006 7 200 Kulda, ArtursArturs Kulda  Latvia D 15 0 2 2 8 &
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2006 7 210 O'Neill, WillWill O'Neill  United States D &
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2007 3 67 Machacek, SpencerSpencer Machacek  Canada RW 25 2 7 9 7 &
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2007 4 115 Lucenius, NiclasNiclas Lucenius  Finland C &
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2007 6 175 Albert, JohnJohn Albert  United States C 9 1 0 1 0 &
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2007 7 205 Postma, PaulPaul Postma  Canada D 100 7 11 18 30 &
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2008 1 3 Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian  United States D 414 40 94 134 363 &
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2008 1 29 Leveille, DaultanDaultan Leveille  Canada C &
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2008 3 64 Paquette, DanickDanick Paquette  Canada RW &
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2008 4 94 Vinny Saponari  United States RW &
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2008 5 124 Lasu, NicklasNicklas Lasu  Sweden LW &
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2008 6 154 Carrozzi, ChrisChris Carrozzi  Canada G &
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2008 7 184 Redmond, ZachZach Redmond  United States D 77 7 20 27 36 &
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2009 1 4 Kane, EvanderEvander Kane  Canada C 361 109 113 222 385 &
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2009 2 34 Klingberg, CarlCarl Klingberg  Sweden LW 12 1 0 1 4 &
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2009 2 45 Morin, JeremyJeremy Morin  United States LW 82 10 12 22 69 &
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2009 4 117 Pasquale, EdwardEdward Pasquale  Canada G &
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2009 4 120 Chiarot, BenBen Chiarot  Canada D 41 2 6 8 22 &
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2009 5 125 Cody Sol  Canada D &
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2009 6 155 Bubnick, JimmyJimmy Bubnick  Canada C &
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2009 7 185 Levko Koper  Canada LW &
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2009 7 203 Samuels-Thomas, JordanJordan Samuels-Thomas  United States LW &
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2010 1 8 Burmistrov, AlexanderAlexander Burmistrov  Russia C 194 23 35 58 83 &
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2010 3 87 Melchiori, JulianJulian Melchiori  Canada D 1 0 0 0 0 &
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2010 4 101 Telegin, IvanIvan Telegin  Russia LW &
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2010 5 128 Petterson-Wentzel, FredrikFredrik Petterson-Wentzel  Sweden G &
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2010 6 160 Tanner Lane  United States F &
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References[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ Potter, Brian and Tillotson, Rob, ed. (2008). 2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers Media Guide. Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Club. 
  2. ^ Bechtel, Mark (January 30, 2012). "Everybody Loves Winnipeg". Sports Illustrated. SI.com. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Atlanta Thrashers Draft History". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ a b "NHL FAQ – Hockey Operations Guidelines". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Lightning win NHL draft lottery". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Top 10: Biggest NHL draft busts". The Hockey News. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  7. ^ "The 25 worst draft busts in NHL history – with one Canuck on the list". Vancouver Sun. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Atlanta Thrashers Career Statistics". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 

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