Based in the Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team. Atlanta Thrashers are a member of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the team's beginning, their home games are played at Philips Arena in the downtown Atlanta. They have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs once in their nine seasons in the National Hockey League, during the 2006–07 seasons.
The recently formed Thrashers selected Patrik Štefan with the 1st overall selection and Luke Sellars with their thirtieth overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Moreover, the entire 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a major disappointment for the Atlanta Thrashers, as only one of their eleven draft picks (Garnet Exelby, selected in the 8th round, 217th overall) kept on to play in the NHL as of 2009. Atlanta Thrashers’ first two picks Stefan and Sellars were called two of the greatest disappointments in outline history; NHL.com listed Stefan as the worst overall pick of all-time and Sellars as the 30th worst overall pick in NHL history. This was a major surprise as not only Štefan was overvalued by the media to be a franchise player, but Thrashers General Manager Don Waddell was considered by the hockey experts as a man with outstanding scouting ability.