The Thrashers will bring Maxim Afinogenov, who played in Buffalo last season, into training camp for a pro tryout. He is expected to arrive Thursday night.
Afinogenov was injured much of last season, but the 6-foot-1, 191-pound Russian forward led the Sabres in scoring in 2005-06 with 73 points.
“He’s a high-end guy, a skill guy,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. “It doesn’t hurt. We’ll see what happens.”
Afinogenov had 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) last season for the Sabres.
He was a third-round draft pick in 1997.
This should be a no brainer for the Thrashers. The reason Max was not successful with the Sabres was that he was the focus for their opponents. The Thrashers have Kovalchuk and he will take all the attention away from the speedy Afinogenov!