Hurtin' early: Thrashers place goalie Lehtonen on IR

Updated: October 6, 2005, 7:56 PM ET

ATLANTA -- Kari Lehtonen's first full NHL season has not gotten off to a promising start.

Kari Lehtonen

One day after Lehtonen injured his groin in the Atlanta Thrashers' season debut, the team on Thursday placed the promising goaltender on injured reserve.

The 21-year-old Lehtonen left the Thrashers' 2-0 setback at Florida on Wednesday after just one period.

The second overall pick in the 2002 draft, the native of Finland went 4-0 late in the 2003-04 season, posting a 1.25 goals-against average with one shutout. During the NHL lockout, he led the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves to the Calder Cup finals.

Also Thursday, the Thrashers assigned center Jim Slater to the Wolves. Slater, who made his NHL debut at Florida on Wednesday, had three goals and two assists in seven preseason games with Atlanta.