Team Profile: Dublin Fighting Irish

GM: Brad Denea  (third GM in team’s history)

Coach Alain Vigneault




Last season: 7th overall

Ins and Outs (Season 3 to Season 4)

Out: None

In: Brendan Pirlini (draft), Nikolai Goldobin (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 4)irish




Keith Yandle, D; James Wisniewski, D; Ryan Kesler, C, Phil Kessel, RW; Evander Kane, LW




Three Questions

1. What would happen if they had forward depth?  When you think of the Dublin Fighting Irish, you probably think of a scary offense powered by two dynamic defensemen and two forward lines that are as dangerous as they come. Indeed, the Irish were the fifth-highest scoring team in the league last year, but of the 252 goals scored by forwards, 207 were from 6 sources: Ryan Kesler (53), Phil Kessel (42), Bobby Ryan (36), Evander Kane (33), Tomas Plekanec (22) and Milan Michalek (21). The only other forward in double figures in goals was Jakub Silfverberg with 10. Teams know that if they can contain the Kesler and Plekanec lines, they can beat Dublin, but that’s a lot easier said than done. The Irish could really use some depth at forward, but they are tight to the cap and might not be able to make many moves.

2. What is Evander Kane’s role on the team? Kane will be the best player on the team in a little while. He’d probably like the chance to show that he might be already. At just 23, the speedy Canadian winger hit 71 points and 33 goals last season and he was smarter about taking penalties than he was the year before.  He has only played second-line minutes so far because the line of Kessel, Kesler and Ryan has been just about legendary. Kesler and Ryan both have trophies they earned by being the best goal scorer in a season (Kesler also has three different individual trophies) and Kessel has won a trophy as well. Neither Kane nor anyone else can get past those three on the depth chart. Kane might earn some trophies of his own some day and Coach Alain Vigneault has the good problem of having four star forwards. His real problem will be keeping all of them satisfied with ice time. He should probably look at playing a 1-4 formation with Keith Yandle as the lone defenseman.

3. How does the defense look? Despite being known for their offensive might, the Fighting Irish have obviously taken care to put a good defensive unit on the  ice. They only allowed an average of 3.18 goals per game last season, which placed them 8th best in the league. Tim Thomas is still the goalie. He is 40 years old now – that’s half way to Larry King and Shirley MacLaine – but his save percentage has actually improved in each of the last two years to 90.4 last season. The defense also has experience and is pretty solid. Offensively skilled Yandle and James Wisniewski have been a godsend to the hard skating forwards over the years, and last year, five other defensemen played very well for them. This year, however, look for rookie Hampus Lindholm to get major minutes and force an end to some veteran’s career with the club.


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

Season 3              7              99              17.4       84.6       29.83     31.34     3.66      3.18     9.35

Season 2              7              98              19.5        84.9       31.22    30.45     3.56     3.11      9.98

Season 1              13             90            17.9        81.3      31.07     30.33      3.39    3.30     8.95

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Alexander Ovechkin, LW, current age 29. Games played: 237; Pts 231; -12

Season 2: Olexander Podbyedonostsev, D, age 28; GP 136; Pts 40; -24

Season 3: Jake Allen, G, age 23

Season 4: Brendan Perlini, LW, age 18

Trade History

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

Traded Round 7 pick (used to draft Chris Kunitz) , Round 22 pick  (Bryan Allen) and $250,000 to Geneva for Round 8 pick (Olli Jokinen), Round 10 pick (Petr Sykora) and 2013 Round 2 (Ryan Murray)

Traded Round 9 pick (Joe Corvo) and Round 11 pick (Milan Hejduk), Round 13 pick (Josh Bailey) and $10,000 to Munich for Round 8 pick (Tomas Fleischmann), Round 10 pick (James Wisniewski) and Round 16 pick (Nikita Nikitin)

Traded Alexander Ovechkin and 2014 Round 1 pick (Darrell Nurse) to Moscow for Phil Kessel and Bobby Ryan

Traded Scott Hartnell, Tim Gleason, 2013 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Nail Yakupov), 2015 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Matt Nieto) and $5 million to Athens for Evander Kane and Alexander Sulzer

Traded 2013 Round 2 pick (Niclas Danielsson) and $1.35 million to Milan for Zbynek Michalek and Jaroslav Spacek

Traded Boone Jenner to Helsinki for Jakub Silfverberg and 2013 Round 2 pick (Olexander Podbyedonostsev)

Season 2 

Traded Tomas Fleischmann to Copenhagen for 2014 Round 1 pick (Jake Allen)














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