Yes, they also cut Kulda, Rissmiller, and Zubarev, but Pettersson's the one that surprises me most. I'll be previewing the new season every day this week leading up to the puck drop of the season opener on Friday, and today's installment at SBNation Atlanta is regarding the roster shaping up, and some guys shipping out.
Here's a taste:
The forwards cut are a mixed bag. Patrick Rissmiller, acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers in which the Thrashers sent them Todd White, will have to clear waivers to go to Chicago. He was not terrible during the pre-season, but also failed to impress in his bid to make it back into the NHL. Fredrik Pettersson, however, was considered by many a lock to make the team. The small, scrappy forward clicked with Bryan Little, but was not used regularly with him during the pre-season.
As Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog points out, the twenty five players on the roster right now can all start the season together if Jim Slater and Andrew Kozek begin the season on injured reserve. That means that new arrivals Nigel Dawes and Freddy Modin will be on the roster opening night, as will rookies Anthony Stewart and first round pick Alex Burmistrov.