Atlanta Thrashers Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Atlanta Thrashers were an expansion team in 2000, about two decades after the Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary. The Thrashers have not been extremely competitive, with just two winning seasons as I write this in 2010 with one playoff appearance. But as with most franchises, they have put some talented players on the ice. Here is a short list of the Thrashers’ leading scorers to date:
Ilya Kovalchuk (328)—Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk began his career in Atlanta and played for the Thrashers from 2001 to 2010. Kovalchuk leads the Thrashers all-time by a mile in scoring, with 328 goals. He scored over 40 goals five times and over 50 goals twice. Kovalchuk’s best season in Atlanta was 2005-06, when he tied a career high with 52 goals, and added 46 assists for 98 total points (also a career best).
Vyacheslov Kozlov (145)—Left wing Vyacheslov Kozlov has played for the Thrashers since 2002, and is still with them in 2010. Kozlov ranks second in franchise history with 145 goals, and while his career high in goals came with Detroit in 1995-96 (36), Kozlov’s best overall season was with Atlanta in 2006-07. That year, Kozlov scored 28 goals, and added career highs in assists (52) and total points (80).
Marian Hossa (108)—Right wing Marian Hossa only played in Atlanta a few seasons, from 2005 to 2008, but in that short time racked up 108 goals, ranking him third in team history. Hossa’s career high of 45 goals came with Ottawa, but his best overall season was with Atlanta in 2006-07. That year, Hossa scored 43 goals, and added career best numbers in assists (57) and total points (100).
Dany Heatley (80)—Left wing Dany Heatley began his career in Atlanta, and played for the Thrashers from 2001 to 2004. Heatley ranks fourth in franchise history with 80 goals, and though he went on to have two 50-goal seasons in Ottawa, Heatley’s best season in Atlanta was not too shabby. That was in 2002-03, when he scored 41 goals with 48 assists for 89 total points.
Marc Savard (63)—Center Marc Savard played for the Thrashers from 2003 to 2006, and ranks fifth in the team’s history with 63 total goals. Savard had his best season in Atlanta, in 2005-06. That year, he had career highs in goals (28) and total points (97) with 69 assists.