Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big Nik in the ATL

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Nik Antropov to a 4 year, $16 Million deal.

Desperate to find somebody that can play with sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, the Thrashers went for a big playmaking centre with soft hands. Coming off a career season of 28 Goals and 59 Points, Big Nik has been able to shake the injuries that haunted him early in his career. At 6'6, 230, Nik can control the puck down low like few in the game and is an underrated playmaker. He seems like a great fit to play with Kovalchuk on the top line.

Fantasy Outlook: Expect Big Nik to find instant chemistry with Kovalchuk as Antropov is more of a passer then a shooter and will have no problem dishing it to a sniper of Ilya's rank. Look for both players to have productive fantasy seasons. I see Antropov setting career bests in assists and points as he logs a ton of icetime in Hotlanta. Look to steal him in the mid-rounds of your draft and enjoy the ride.

Fearless Forecast: 76GP, 28G, 41A, 69P


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