Team Profile: Geneva Generals

GM: Andy Rolling  (4th GM in team’s history)

Coach Joel Quenneville






Last season: 17th overall

Ins and Outs (Season 3 to Season 4)

Out: Michael Del Zotto (trade)

In: Valeri Nichushkin (trade), Sergei Kostitsyn (trade), Ilya Nikulin (trade), Frederik Andersen (draft), Riley Sheahan (draft), Dylan Larkin (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 4)generals




Kari Lehtonen, G; Marian Gaborik, RW; Valeri Nichushkin, RW; Dennis Wideman, D; Ilya Nikulin, D




Three Questions

1. Aren’t they kind of old? General Manager Andy Rolling inherited an old team. The Generals were built to challenge for the Cup in Season 1 and they actually won it. But Nicklas Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne are long gone and the experienced supporting cast is – almost in unison – turning 35 years old this season. As a group, they know what it takes to win a cup. It just seems they aren’t willing to do whatever that is. As expected, the Generals went downhill after  Lidstrom and Selanne retired. The problem is they haven’t stopped (pardon the pun) rolling yet. They dropped from 1st to 10th to 17th in their three seasons. The roster features nine forwards over 30 and just 2 forwards who are 26 or younger, not including a prospect. On defense, there are five 30-and-overs and one U26, while 31-year-old Kari Lehtonen has two young backups. Many of the veterans have two-year contracts.  Joel Quenneville has the tools to work with, especially in goal with Lehtonen, but Rolling and Geneva’s fan base will want the coach to get more out of the veterans very soon.

2. How does the Del Zotto trade help?  Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was shipped off to Minsk in exchange for 3 players. The 24-year-old Del Zotto will join Ryan McDonough, Maxim Chudinov and Nick Leddy – assuming they can all be signed -to some day form one of the best top 4 defense corps the sport has ever seen. Minsk gave up a lot to get him. Overall, Geneva lowered its average age by trading. Ilya Nikulin, 26, will assume Del Zotto’s place in the lineup and he brings skating speed and puck skills that only two-time all-star Dennis Wideman can match among Geneva players. Nikulin will play a point on the power play for Quenneville and he won’t take many penalties. The other two pieces in the trade prop up the future of the right wing. Sergei Kostitsyn is 27, but that’s young by Geneva standards and the 20-goal scorer will provide a transition when Marian Gaborik and Thomas Vanek leave the team. By the way, Vanek’s departure could come as soon as Friday because he’s an unrestricted free agent. If Vanek departs, then 19-year-old Valeri Nichushkin, the last part of the Del Zotto trade, might get more ice time than he expected. Nichushkin has great hockey sense and size and scouts believe he has more potential than Del Zotto does.

3. Will Rolling go shopping this week? Depth is not really too big of a concern for the Generals, especially at center, where the depth chart lists Patrick Marleau, Mike Fisher, David Desharnais and Darren Helm. But if Rolling can sign a couple of good free agents this week, Geneva will have no discernible holes. They could probably use another defenseman and a left wing and if they make Greg Zanon and Sergei Bobrovsky expendible  – drafting goalie Frederik Andersen might have made that a possibility –  then they would have more than $10 million in shopping money.


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

Season 3              17             82             17.1         83.8       29.01    30.28    3.15    3.38     8.83

Season 2              10            96              18.9         82.8       31.94    29.30   3.39    2.99    10.68

Season 1              1               123              21.4        83.6        32.16    27.72    3.99    2.77    8.85

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Kari Lehtonen, G, current age 31. Games played: 198; Save Pct. 90.3

Season 2: none

Season 3: none

Season 4: Frederik Andersen, G, age 24

Trade History

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

Traded Round 15 pick (used to draft Ryan Ellis) , Round 25 pick  (Ben Lovejoy) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Jason Krog) to Paris for Dennis Wideman

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

Traded Round 17 pick (Tomas Kopecky) and 2014 Round 1 pick (Michael Stone) to Bratislava for Round 8 pick (David Desharnais) and Round 19 pick (Greg Zanon)

Traded Round 13 pick (Marcus Kruger) and Round 14 pick (Mark Scheifele) to Athens for Round 9 pick (Nick Foligno)

Traded Alex Chiasson to Minsk for Vernon Fiddler and $1 million

Traded Brian Dumoulin to Minsk for Round 21 pick (Raffi Torres)

Traded Matt D’Agostino, 2014 Round 2 pick (Andrei Loktionov) and $250,000 to Oslo for Justin Williams

Traded 2013 Round 3 pick (Scott Glennie), 2014 Round 3 pick (Tommy Wingels) and $1.5 million to Bern for Nicklas Backstrom (goalie)

Season 2 

Traded Justin Williams, Ryan Malone and Jeff Woywitka to Prague for Thomas Vanek and Mike Weaver

* seem to missing one trade in this period

Season 4

Traded Michael Del Zotto to Minsk for Valeri Nichushkin, Ilya Nikulin and Sergei Kostitsyn













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