Sometime in mid-November I made a prediction to some colleagues that Patrice Cormier would be on the Thrashers roster to ring in the new year. Well, unless his stay here is incredibly short it looks like I’m right. Cormier is in Pittsburgh now and later today it will be announced that he has officially been called up from the Chicago Wolves where he has two goals and three assists along with an outstanding +8 rating in 11 games. Where he fits in the lineup or if he’s playing tonight remain to be seen, but it looks like a roster spot will be opened up by sending Tim Stapleton to the AHL since he already cleared waivers back on Dec. 4.
Rick Dudley has been very high on Cormier since the day he was acquired and all it took for me to see why was having one conversation with the kid. He’s confident, oozes leadership, and competes as hard as anyone, as shown by the foot he broke blocking a shot in the final minutes of a losing effort in a meaningless scrimmage on the last day of rookie camp.
Don’t expect big point production from Cormier. Do expect to see a guy that finishes his checks and hustles every shift in all three zones.
It’s also worth mentioning that Cormier and Burmistrov became very good friends over the summer as they shared adjoining hotel rooms in Duluth and worked out together daily. Burmistrov is pointless in eight games and has looked a little bit lost lately, so having his best friend in the organization around could give him the boost he needs.