Team Profile: Madrid Royals

GM: Roland Lavoie (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Dan Bylsma








Last season: 8th overall

Ins and Outs (Season 3 to Season 4)

Out: Tomas Vokoun (trade), Sergei Gonchar (retired), Radek Dvorak (retired)

In:  Jonas Hiller (trade), Olli Jokinen (free agent, St. Petersburg), Haydn Fleury (draft), Jake Virtanen (draft), Darcy Kuemper (draft), Eddie Lack (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 4)royals




Gabriel Landeskog, LW; Rick Nash, RW; Jordan Staal, C; Robin Lehner, G




Three Questions

1. Is Rick Nash crying? Yes, we believe Rick Nash is crying. There are probably lots of grown men crying today in Madrid when it was learned star Joe Pavelski did not resign with the team and instead chose to become an unrestricted free agent. Pavelski tied for the league lead in assists last season with 76. Nash finished 5th in the league in goal scoring last season and if his statistics can be believed, he would have done better this year. When Nash came to Spain in a blockbuster deal, he picked up the pace noticeably. He scored 47 goals all year, but 38 of them came in 55 games with the Royals and new linemates Pavelski and Gabriel Landeskog. His shooting percentage went from 15 percent in Stockholm to almost 17 percent in Madrid. With a good center, the 30-year-old Nash seems ready to reach 50 goals for the first time in his career. Jordan Staal is an excellent passer and signed to a long-term contract, and great options exist among free agents like Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin, so Nash isn’t done just yet and he still could end up as the league’s leading goal scorer.  Fans of Nash’s former teams – Belfast and Stockholm – be like “Oh no you di-int just say that.”

2. Which Karlsson will we see? Madrid may do one of those odd year/even year things, which would be bad news for the Spaniards in Season 4. In Seasons 1 and 3, Madrid tallied 95 and 94 points, respectively, and were dangerous to all their opponents. In Season 2, they only managed 83 points and they somehow missed the playoffs. Looking at the stats of some of the key players on the team, Erik Karlsson’s have mirrored the team’s.  The slick Swedish defenseman scored 64 and 66 points in the odd years and only 39 in Season 2. He’s a risk-taker and will probably always record more giveaways than takeaways, but he was an atrocious minus 31 in plus/minus during Season 2. He improved to his normal form in Season 3 and the Royals need him to prevent a regression from happening.

3. Who will start in goal? GM Roland Lavoie traded with Athens in Season 1 to get Tomas Vokoun to guard the Madrid net, but he wasn’t the answer the Royals were looking for. Young Swede Robin Lehner played well enough last season (89.3 save percentage in 31 games) to convince Madrid management to part with Vokoun. He was dealt during the off season to Stockholm along with a second-round pick for Jonas Hiller, a 32-year-old from Switzerland who has played as a backup in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Hiller has the stamina to start regularly, but he will have to audition better than Lehner to finally get the lion’s share of minutes.


Season                 Place        PTS        PP %      PK %      SPG        SAPG     GPG     GAPG    PIM

Season 3              8               94          18.7        78.0        33.35     28.30        3.51         3.28       9.45

Season 2              17            83         17.4         83.9        31.72      28.74        3.15          3.33       9.76

Season 1              9              95          22.6        80.3        30.85       29.05        3.68        3.29        9.01

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Erik Karlsson, D, current age 24. Games played: 244; points: 169; -29

Season 2: Erik Ersberg, G, age 26. GP 36, Save Pct. 87.5

Season 3: Marko Dano, C, age 19

Season 4: Haydn Fleury, D, age 18

Trade History

Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)

Traded Max Pacioretty to Frankfurt for Round 7 pick (used to draft Slava Voynov),   Round 10 pick (later traded) (Trevor Daley) and 2013 Round 2 pick (Erik Ersberg)

Traded Dustin Brown, Round 10 pick (Trevor Daley) and Round 11 pick (Chris Kreider) to Milan for Gabriel Landeskog

Traded Sammi Pahlsson to Bern for Round 20 pick (Brandon Prust) and Round 22 pick (Mark Visentin)

Traded Michal Neuvirth, Nick Johnson and 2013 Round 1 pick (Martin Ruzicka) to Athens for Tomas Vokoun

Traded Henrik Sedin to Milan for Jordan Stall, Chris Kreider and 2013 Round 2 pick (Jonas Brodin)

Traded 2013 Round 2 pick (Eliezer Sherbatov) to Milan for Biran Rolston

Season 2

Traded Slava Voynov, 2014 Round 2 pick (traded later) (Robert Hagg), Round 1 pick (traded later) (Sean Monhan) to Berlin for R. J. Umberger, Brayden Coburn, Mikhail Grigorenko and a second-round pick (traded later) (Josh Morrissey?)

Traded Erik Ersberg to Berlin for Brian Campbell and 2014 Round 3 pick (Marko Dano)

Traded Saku Koivu to Prague for Chad Larose and 2015 Round 2 pick (Jake Virtanen)

* seem to be missing one trade that probably occurred in here somewhere

Season 3

Traded Jeff Carter, Ryan Johansen and 2015 Round 1 pick (Nikita Kucherov) to Stockholm for Rick Nash and 2015 Round 2 pick (Haydn Fleury)

Season 4

Traded Tomas Vokoun and 2015 Round 2 pick (Nikita Scherbak) to Stockholm for Jonas Hiller











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