The Atlanta Thrashers finished the draft with nine picks:
Alexander Burmistrov (round one; eighth overall)
Julian Melchiori (round three; 87th overall)
Ivan Telegin (round four; 101st overall)
Fredrik Petersson-Wentzel (round five; 128th overall)
Yasin Cisse (round five; 150th overall)
Kendall McFaull (round six; 155th overall)
Tanner Lane (round six; 160th overall)
Sebastian Owuya (round six; 169th overall)
Peter Stoykewych (round seven; 199th overall)
Atlanta must love European players. But fortunately, it spreads the love to the rest of the world.
Atlanta has certainly had its struggles the last few years, and this year, they pretty much cleaned house and started looking towards a brighter future.
The Thrashers were in need of help at center and got two in Alexander Burmistrov and Tanner Lane.
Burmistrov has already been compared to former Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk and superstar Alex Ovechkin. He seems very self aware, readily admits one of his weaknesses (not shooting the puck enough), and is eager to help the team.
Lane is only 17 years old, but he had 90 points in 26 games and also had 64 penalty minutes. He is a high-scoring forward with a bit of a physical edge.
Petersson-Wentzel is a great goalie for the Thrashers. This season, he had a 1.85 goals against average with six shutouts in 37 games. He was the second ranked goaltender in the draft among European goalies.
With Johan Hedberg and Ondrej Pavelec a solid goaltending duo in Atlanta, the Thrashers get better at this position by adding Petersson-Wentzel to the system.
Burmistrov and Lane both appear to be exciting, high scoring forwards when their time comes to join the NHL.
Overall, the Thrashers took some nice-sized players, but some still need time to get stronger. Burmistrov looks like he could start in the NHL right away, and with the comparisons to such talented players before he even plays a shift, the pressure is on.