Imagine a day when all your hockey memories are zapped from your mind. Feel free to create the scenario: maybe Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith used a device to erase your thoughts. Perhaps you fell out of the top of a bunkbed and are suffering from amnesia (but you inherit sweet ass psychic powers).
Whatever the case, the conceit of hockey orphan is simple: using an equation that combines the objective with the wildly subjective, which teams would be the most and least appealing for a budding hockey fan? And so it begins (again).
Atlanta Thrashers (take: James O'Brien)
During the first attempt at Hockey Orphan in my first attempt at a personal hockey blog, the Thrashers earned a "C" grade largely based on the merits of Ilya Kovalchuk. Of course, the team did have a little more reason for postivity coming off their first ever (and epically ill-fated) playoff berth.
Things have only gone downhill since then. Atlanta traded Marian Hossa for a 1st round pick turned project (Angelo Esposito) and two borderliners (most notably Colby "Beef" Armstrong). Sadly, they also traded promising young D-man Braydon Coburn to the evil Flyers for Alexei "Careers Gone to" Zhitnik.
Not surprisingly, the Thrashers devolved from playoff patsy to cellar dweller. Reviews of their third jersey range from "not terrible" to, well, terrible. Honestly, there's not much to be positive about since the franchise will almost certainly lose it's last superstar in Kovalchuk.
Just an awful, awful team. I'd be curious to see if a Thrashers blogger can bring some sunshine to the equation because it's hard to find any.
Grade: D with Kovalchuk, F once he inevitably gets traded/leaves via free agency.