The Falconer of Birdwatchers Anonymous was at the draft this weekend, interviewing Thrashers management, coaches, and draft picks -- he will be having a player by player review of the newest Baby Birds leading up to the Thrashers' prospect camp this July. Of course, his first look is at Alexander Burmistrov, the Thrashers' first-round selection at eighth overall. Further coverage of the player who could eventually become the franchise center that the Thrashers have searched for since the team's inception can, of course, be found at the official Thrashers site and from Ben Wright at the Blueland Blog.
I would like to do here for convenience's sake is to give readers a list of the other later-round picks that the Thrashers made -- four defensemen, four forwards and a surprise Swedish goalie who is set to lead his team in the U-18 World Championships. The Thrashers did not have any second round picks, and Dudley pulled of a few deals, sending out fifth round picks for two sixth-round selections, because, as The Falconer points out in his overall draft evaluation, players from the third through final round tend to have the same chance of making the NHL, so the more players you select the higher the chance is that the law of averages will work out in your favor.
- 87th overall- Julian Melchiori, D, Newmarket (CCHL), 6′ 3″, 186 lbs; ranked 45th overall in domestic skaters by CSS
- 101st overall- Ivan Telegin, LW, Saginaw (OHL), 6′ 2″, 194 lbs ; ranked 33rd overall in domestic skaters by CSS
- 128th overall- Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel (stats from EuroHockey.net), G, Almtuna (Sweden-2), 6′ 1″, 169 lbs; ranked second overall in international goalies by CSS
- 150th overall- Yasin Cisse, RW, Des Moines (USHL), 6′ 3″, 210 lbs; ranked 107th overall in domestic skaters by CSS
- 155th overall- Kendall McFaull, D, Moosejaw (WHL), 6′ 2″, 187 lbs; ranked 71st overall in domestic skaters by CSS
- 160th overall- Tanner Lane, F, Detroit Lakes (MN High School), 6′ 2″, 172 lbs; unranked by CSS
- 169th overall- Sebastian Owuya (stats from EliteProspects.com), 6′ 3″, 194 lbs; unranked by CSS
- 199th overall- Peter Stoykewych, D, Winnipeg South (MJHL), 6′ 2″, 188 lbs; ranked 98th overall in domestic skaters by CSS