Season 5 profile: Paris Rouge Eiffels

ProfileAd Paris GM: Ralph Booth (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Michel Therrien (replaced Randy Cunneyworth after Season 2)

Last season: 2nd overall

Ins and Outs (Season 4 to Season 5)

Out: Lee Stempniak (free agent), Mike Ribeiro (waivers) In: Justin Williams (free agent), Andre Burakovsky, Dale Weise (waivers), Brandon Halverson (draft), Jack Callow (draft), Mattias Backman (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 5)

Alex Pietrangelo, D; Evgeny Malkin, C; Corey Perry, RW; David Perron, LW; Kris Letang, D; Tukkaa Rask, G, Ken Kuusk, D 3qs    

Three Questions

1. Is the Eiffels’ time past? When Paris conquered the EURO League and won the Cup in Season 2, it appeared they were talented enough and young enough to hold onto it for the next several seasons. The D word (dynasty, for those of you who don’t speak single letters) was even thrown around. But then Moscow got really good, and then Belfast barged into the picture. And Berlin. And Athens. The Rouge Eiffels have finished in the top 3 in each of the last three seasons and if they would have gotten just one more little point in the standings – perhaps a shootout goal or save – they would have captured the President’s Trophy for the second straight year. Those great finishes mean they have gotten rotten drafting position lately, which therefore means their prime time is somewhat limited. But Paris’ star players aren’t old. They are all hanging around the 30-year mark or younger. General Manager Ralph Booth must feel the team is Cup-worthy because Paris made nary a sound in the off season, losing Lee Stempniak to free agency but picking up Justin Williams to replace him.

2. They are great on offense, granted, but what about when the other team has the puck? Paris led the league in scoring with a 4.16 goals per game average. That basically means that if goalie Tuukka Rask has a good day, then it’s a win. Evgeny Malkin and Corey Perry are as talented and powerful together as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are and they rank 3rd and 11th all-time in scoring. They have plenty of years – and points – left in them. But you don’t become a great team with just a high-powered offense and a topnotch goalie. The all-time plus-minus leader in EURO League history is wearing a Paris sweater again this season. Ossi Vaananen, 29, has played three seasons with the Eiffels and has approached 200 hits each year from his position on defense. His plus-minus ratings were +33, +52 and +43. He is a pretty valuable guy. Plus-minus ratings reflect the team’s success and three of Vaananen’s teammates – Mikko Koivu, Josef Vasicek and Travis Hamonic – are also in the top 10 all-time in that category. The team’s defense is incredible, with Vaananen and Ken Kuusk playing as the third set. Hamonic and Jason Krog are just ahead of them and Kris Letang and Alex Pietrangelo make up the top duo.

3. Is Pietrangelo Michelangelo with a stick? Alex Pietrangelo had a dream of a season last year, being named best Defenseman and Player of the Year. He had 60 assists and 81 points, which were tops for defensemen. He wasn’t all offense either, piling up 230 hits, 103 blocked shots and a +43 rating that tied him for the league lead with teammate Vaananen. He was (eh-hem) 24 years old. Pietrangelo showed tremendous offensive improvement from his year as a 23-year-old. He had twice before reached the 50-point mark in his career before making the jump to 81 last year. Anyone would be hard-pressed to repeat such an output, but he’s only 25 this season and no one would think his ceiling is close at hand. Pietrangelo and his defense partner Kris Letang – who is just as deadly and only 28 – are such important parts of the team now and in the future that Coach Michel Therrien named them assistant captains to Malkin.


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

Season 4              2          113         21.3       81.1       34.10      29.32    4.16     3.07             12.23

Season 3              1          116          18.0       84.5       33.88     27.52    4.09     2.93               13.85

Season 2              3 (Cup)104         20.6       81.5      31.40     31.22     3.67        3.34                12.57

Season 1              19         72         22.8        79.8        27.65     33.06    3.07        3.68                9.09

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Alex Pietrangelo, D, current age 25. Games played: 320; points: 230; +70

Season 2: Ken Kuusk, D, age 21. GP 193, Pts 76, +16

Season 3: Viktor Fasth, G, age 32. GP 34, Save Pct. 89.1

Season 4: Philipp Grubauer, G, age 23.  GP 13,  Save Pct. 86.9

Season 5: Brandon Halverson, G, age 18.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Dustin Byfuglien), Round 20 pick (Jonathan Bernier), and Round 26 pick (Jeff Woywitka)to Milan for Round 6 pick (used to draft David Perron), Round 21 pick (Mike Green) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Ossi Vaananen)

Traded Round 7 pick (Dennis Wideman) to Geneva for Round 15 pick (Ryan Ellis),  Round 25 pick (Ben Lovejoy) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Jason Krog)

Traded Adrian Aucoin to Bern for Round 13 pick (Dmitri Orlov), Round 19 pick (Carlo Colaiacovo) and 2014 Round 1 pick (traded later) (Jake Muzzin)

Season 2

Traded 2014 Round 3 pick (Thomas Hickey) to Stockholm for Ryan Clowe

Traded Dmitri Orlov and 2014 Round 1 pick (Jake Muzzin) to Stockholm for Travis Hamonic

Traded Derek Brassard, T.J. Brodie and Ryan Ellis to Stockholm for Josef Vasicek

Traded Jaden Schwartz and 2014 Round 1 pick (Peter Mueller) to Stockholm for Miko Koivu

Traded Philip Larsen to Bratislava for Lee Stempniak and 2014 Round 3 pick (Steve Oleksy)

Season 3

Traded Mike Green to Stockholm for Jordan Caron

Season 4

Traded Viktor Fasth to Stockholm for 2018 Round 3 pick

Season 5   

After start of Season 5

Claimed Mike Ribeiro (waivers)

Claimed Nick Palmieri (waivers)

Claimed Jordan Caron (waivers)


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