Let's take a look at the current Atlanta Thrashers roster and hand out some first-quarter report cards.
The Thrashers currently sit eight in the Eastern Conference, which means they are on pace to make the playoffs.
The Thrashers are now a four-line cooperative, hard-working, high-energy team by committee, with plenty of offense coming from all lines, even more so from the defense, which leads to many opportunities the other direction.
Now with a slightly better defense and maybe stronger goaltending, they could surprise and be a team to reckon with, which I believe they will.
We'll first look at the forwards, then the defense and finally the goaltending.