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The 1999-2000 Atlanta Thrashers season was the inaugural season of the franchise.

The Thrashers managed only 14 wins during their first season in the National Hockey League (NHL)

It was the worst season in the history of the franchise as the Thrashers finished in 15th place in the Eastern Conference and 5th place in the Southeast Division with a record of 14-57-7-4.

As of 2017, it stands as the lowest point total for any team since the beginning of the "three point" NHL standings system in 1999–2000.

Team InformationEdit

Team LeadersEdit

Season SummaryEdit

The newly formed Atlanta Thrashers selected Patrik Stefan with the first overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. They played their first game on October 2, 1999, losing 4–1 to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the New Jersey Devils. Captain Kelly Buchberger scored the franchise's first goal in the loss.

The Thrashers would not get their first win until two weeks later. Damian Rhodes blanked the New York Islanders 2–0 on the road.

The Thrashers would not get their first victory in Atlanta until October 23 when they beat the Calgary Flames in their return to Atlanta 2–1.

Andrew Brunette led the team in scoring with 50 points as the Thrashers finished last in the Southeast Division with a NHL worst record of 14–57–7–4.

In addition to being shut out a league-high 12 times, the Thrashers struggled offensively and defensively, scoring the fewest goals (170) and allowing the most goals (313) out of all 28 teams. They also tied the Chicago Blackhawks for most short-handed goals allowed, with 13.

NHL Entry DraftEdit

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 1 Patrik Stefan Centre Template:CZE Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL)
2 30 Luke Sellars Defence Template:CAN Ottawa 67's (OHL)

Expansion DraftEdit

These results are numbered 1–26 for aesthetic purposes, but the players were not necessarily chosen in this order. As the Thrashers were the only team participating in the draft, the order is inconsequential.

# Player Drafted from
1. Trevor Kidd (G) Carolina Hurricanes
2. Norm Maracle (G) Detroit Red Wings
3. Corey Schwab (G) Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Petr Buzek (D) Dallas Stars
5. Brett Clark (D) Montreal Canadiens
6. Kevin Dean (D) New Jersey Devils
7. Maxim Galanov (D) Pittsburgh Penguins
8. David Harlock (D) New York Islanders
9. Jamie Pushor (D) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
10. Darryl Shannon (D) Buffalo Sabres
11. Chris Tamer (D) New York Rangers
12. Mark Tinordi (D) Washington Capitals
13. Yannick Tremblay (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Kelly Buchberger (RW) Edmonton Oilers
15. Sylvain Cloutier (C) Chicago Blackhawks
16. Phil Crowe (RW) Ottawa Senators
17. Peter Ferraro (RW) Boston Bruins
18. Johan Garpenlov (LW) Florida Panthers
19. Jody Hull (RW) Philadelphia Flyers
20. Matt Johnson (LW) Los Angeles Kings
21. Tomi Kallio (LW) Colorado Avalanche
22. Steve Staios (RW/D) Vancouver Canucks
23. Mike Stapleton (C) Phoenix Coyotes
24. Ed Ward (RW) Calgary Flames
25. Terry Yake (C) St. Louis Blues
26. Alexei Yegorov (RW) San Jose Sharks

Player StatisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Brunette, AndrewAndrew Brunette LW 81 23 27 50 30-32902
Ferraro, RayRay Ferraro C 81 19 25 44 88-331003
Emerson, NelsonNelson Emerson RW 58 14 19 33 47-24400
Tremblay, YannickYannick Tremblay D 75 10 21 31 22-42412
Sylvester, DeanDean Sylvester RW 52 16 10 26 24-14102
Stefan, PatrikPatrik Stefan C 72 5 20 25 30-20100
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 62 10 12 22 30-29401
Buzek, PetrPetr Buzek D 63 5 14 19 41-22300
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 49 5 13 18 65-14101
Buchberger, KellyKelly Buchberger RW 68 5 12 17 139-34000
Garpenlov, JohanJohan Garpenlov LW 73 2 14 16 31-30000
Domenichelli, HnatHnat Domenichelli LW 27 6 9 15 4-21000
Karlsson, AndreasAndreas Karlsson C 51 5 9 14 14-17100
Guolla, SteveSteve Guolla C 20 4 9 13 4-13200
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 14 7 4 11 12-4011
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 73 5 6 11 219-17200
Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW 33 4 7 11 18-13101
Murphy, GordGord Murphy D 58 1 10 11 38-26000
Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D 69 2 8 10 91-32000
Galanov, MaximMaxim Galanov D 40 4 3 7 20-12000
Svartvadet, PerPer Svartvadet C 38 3 4 7 6-8000
Johnson, MattMatt Johnson LW 64 2 5 7 144-11000
Kaberle, FrantisekFrantisek Kaberle D 14 1 6 7 6-13010
Ward, EdEd Ward RW 44 5 1 6 44-5020
Harlock, DavidDavid Harlock D 44 0 6 6 36-8000
Staios, SteveSteve Staios D 27 2 3 5 66-5000
Botterill, JasonJason Botterill LW 25 1 4 5 17-7001
Vyshedkevich, SergeiSergei Vyshedkevich D 7 1 3 4 2-3100
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 23 1 0 1 14-5010
Ndur, RumunRumun Ndur D 27 1 0 1 71-17000
Vasiljevs, HerbertHerbert Vasiljevs RW 7 1 0 1 4-3000
Clark, BrettBrett Clark D 14 0 1 1 4-12000
Prochazka, MartinMartin Prochazka RW 3 0 1 1 0-1000
Adams, BryanBryan Adams C 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Bertrand, EricEric Bertrand LW 8 0 0 0 4-5000
Fankhouser, ScottScott Fankhouser G 16 0 0 0 40000
Kinnear, GeordieGeordie Kinnear D 4 0 0 0 13-1000
Langkow, ScottScott Langkow G 15 0 0 0 00000
Maracle, NormNorm Maracle G 32 0 0 0 00000
McAlpine, ChrisChris McAlpine D 3 0 0 0 2-4000
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 28 0 0 0 20000
Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci G 1 0 0 0 00000
Vujtek, VladimirVladimir Vujtek LW 3 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 1561 28 5 19 3 101 3.88 1803702.874
Maracle, NormNorm Maracle 1618 32 4 19 2 94 3.49 1852758.890
Langkow, ScottScott Langkow 765 15 3 11 0 55 4.31 0395340.861
Fankhouser, ScottScott Fankhouser 920 16 2 11 2 49 3.20 0451402.891
Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci 59 1 0 1 0 4 4.07 03228.875
Team: 4923 82 14 61 7 303 3.69 225332230.880

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

Date Traded Acquired Acquired From
June 18 future considerations Damian Rhodes Ottawa Senators
June 21 2000 conditional pick Andrew Brunette Nashville Predators
June 25 Peter Ferraro Randy Robitaille Boston Bruins
June 25 1999 4th & 9th round picks future considerations Vancouver Canucks
June 25 1999 1st round pick & 2000 conditional 3rd round pick 1999 first round pick Vancouver Canucks
June 25 future considerations Scott Langkow Phoenix Coyotes
June 25 future considerations Sergei Vyshedkevich New Jersey Devils
June 25 future considerations Andreas Karlsson Calgary Flames
June 25 Trevor Kidd Gord Murphy, Daniel Tjarnqvist, Herbert Vasiljevs, 1999 6th round pick Phoenix Coyotes
June 25 future considerations Ulf Samuelsson Detroit Red Wings
June 25 future considerations Dean Sylvester Buffalo Sabres
June 26 Phil Crowe future considerations Nashville Predators
June 26 1999 6th round pick Per Svartvadet Dallas Stars
July 15 2001 6th round pick Martin Prochazka Toronto Maple Leafs
July 15 Jamie Pushor Jason Botterill Dallas Stars
Aug 16 rights to Randy Robitaille Denny Lambert Nashville Predators
Sep 27 Ladislav Kohn 2000 8th round pick Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Oct 15 Jody Hull future considerations Philadelphia Flyers
Oct 29 Corey Schwab 2000 conditional pick Vancouver Canucks
Dec 8 Rick Tabaracci Shean Donovan Colorado Avalanche
Dec 15 Kevin Dean future considerations Dallas Stars
Jan 25 future considerations Bill Huard Los Angeles Kings
Feb 11 Jason Botterill & Darryl Shannon Hnat Domenichelli and rights to Dmitri Vlasenkov Calgary Flames
Mar 11 Kelly Buchberger & Nelson Emerson Donald Audette & Frantisek Kaberle Los Angeles Kings
Mar 13 Kirby Law 2000 6th round pick & 2001 6th round pick Philadelphia Flyers

Free agentsEdit

The Atlanta Thrashers signed the following free agents in the 1999-2000 season. Unrestricted free agents chosen in the expansion draft later signed by the Thrashers are included in the list.

Nelson Emerson (July 20), Dean Sylvester (July 21), Chris Tamer (July 21), Steve Staios (July 22), Sergei Vyshedkevich (July 28), Ray Ferraro (Aug 2), Herbert Vasilyev (Sept 9)

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