According to the Blueland Blog, the Atlanta Thrashers have recalled Jason Krog from the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Krog has 1 goal and 6 assists in 8 games this year for the struggling Wolves; his 7 points are 2nd on the team behind Spencer Machacek's 8. At +3, Krog is tied with forwards Tim Stapleton and Andrew Kozek for 2nd in Plus-Minus, behind only defenseman and freak-of-nature Chris Chelios.
The new Thrashers lines in practice are currently (but perhaps not expected to stay as):
Evander Kane - Rich Peverley - Colby Armstrong
Slava Kozlov - Todd White - Maxim Afinogenov
Jim Slater - Marty Reasoner - Bryan Little
Eric Boulton - Jason Krog - Chris Thorburn
Don't worry, Nik Antropov is okay: he was given a day to rest a nagging groin injury. He isn't likely to miss any time.
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To me, the big question is who keeps a spot when Nik Antropov returns? Krog or Slater? By most accounts, Jason Krog is more of a scorer than Slater, though he's never shown the ability to net goals in the NHL. He has 22 goals in 202 NHL games, mostly with the Ducks over two seasons before the lockout. Slater, on the other hand, has 31 goals in 275 NHL games, a rate slightly better than Krog's.
Honestly, I don't know who will end up playing. If I had to guess today, here's what I think our lines might look like come Thursday:
Evander Kane - Nik Antropov - Maxim Afinogenov
Slava Kozlov - Todd White - Bryan Little
Rich Peverley - Marty Reasoner - Colby Armstrong
Eric Boulton - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
I think Jason Krog will be here for depth and may see time if, unexpectedly, Nik Antropov can't play. He could just as easily play in the 4th line center spot, though, and since that's where he's currently practicing, don't count him out for Thursday. Discuss below!