By John Down
Talk about perseverance or flying under the radar and you could talk about Rich Peverley.
Four years of U.S. college hockey, stints in the East Coast Hockey League, the American Hockey League and, as a walk-on, finally landing a fragile job in the National Hockey League.
Undrafted and then unwanted, the 27-year-old from Guelph, Ont., now is a prominent member of the Atlanta Thrashers.
“He had a tremendous amount of upside and we needed some help,” smiled Thrashers head coach John Anderson, following Tuesday’s brief practice at the Stampede Corral. “We were a team that had an opportunity for him because we were floundering.
“We brought him in, put him on our second line with (Ilya) Kovalchuk and he was flying and has been ever since.”