Thrashers Get Modest Return In Clarke MacArthur

The Thrashers didn't make a big splash in the trade market on Wednesday, but they did make as minor move by swapping a few draft picks with Buffalo for forward Clarke MacArthur.

Here's what SBN's Bird Watchers Anonymous had to say about the deal:

The overall statistical profile suggests that expectations for Clarke MacArthur should be modest. His career suggests that he has 3rd line scoring talent and that is the way he was used in Buffalo. Thrashers Assistant Coach Randy Cunneyworth has worked with MacArthur and perhaps he probably expects to get more out of him than they did in Buffalo. In my opinion there is the chance that he might show more scoring with a change of scenery, but I'm not optimistic that he will suddenly bust out. The price that was paid (3rd and 4th round picks) was also modest. The success rate of picks in that area of the draft are simply not that great. So I don't think the Thrashers overpaid for this player, but I also don't expect him to become a difference maker.

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