GM: Mike Felter (6th GM in team’s history)
Coach: Craig Berube
Last season: 21st overall, out of the playoffs
Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)
Out: Braydon Coburn (trade); Patrik Elias (retired), Dany Heatley (free agent), Charlie Coyle (trade), Aleksey Morozov (waivers), Michael Sauer (free agent), Matt Cooke (retired), Damien Brunner (free agent), Francois Beauchemin (free agent)
In: Patrick Marleau (trade), Sean Monahan (trade), Craig Smith (trade), Jindrich Barak (trade), Cody Ceci (trade), John Moore (waivers), Derek Dorsett (free agent), Jordan Caron (waivers), Max Talbot (free agent), Travis Dermott (draft), Calle Jarnkrok (draft)
In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)
Cory Schneider, G; Talgat Zhailauov, C; Fyodor Malykhin, LW; Filip Forsberg, LW, Nikita Zadorov, D
1. Can fans expect Patrick Marleau to carry the team to the playoffs? Look closely at the front of Marleau’s jersey. It’s a Dire Wolf logo, not a red “S.” He would indeed have to be Superman to carry the young, rebuilding team into the playoffs. General Manager Mike Felter inherited a long-term project and he and the fans are going to have to be patient. Marleau came in a trade for a third round pick and Braydon Coburn, who Felter did not intend to resign anyway. So why go after Marleau? The 37-year-old will be an excellent influence in the dressing room for the young Dire Wolf players and he’ll pop in a dozen goals and a bunch of assists to give his linemates a little more confidence than they would get otherwise. He should also improve the league’s second-worst power play. At very least, he’ll make an attractive trade deadline piece that could bring the team more young assets. Felter also has a nearly $10 million cap cushion this season and could afford to take a bad salary off some team’s hands as part of a deal.
2. What’s the brightest part of Munich’s future? Munich will have a dynamic offensive presence three or four seasons from now with Flip Forsberg, Jack Eichel and Fyodor Malykhin in the system along with whoever else Felter acquires in the meantime. Fans will get used to seeing Eichel and Forsberg’s names near the top of the league scoring leaders list in a few years. T.J. Brodie. Radko Gudas and Nikita Zadorov look to be the pillars on defense a few seasons from now and Bavarian fans hope 30-year-old Cory Schneider, who has a 90.6 lifetime save percentage, can maintain his good technique and talent – and agree to stay in Munich – past the remaining three years of his contract. (Editor’s note: Eichel was traded before the start of Season 6 to Stockholm in a multi-player deal).
3. Where can opposing coaches exploit the Dire Wolf ? Munich has pretty good depth, balance and versatility among its forward lines. Coach Craig Berube can make line matching very difficult. But the defense corps isn’t strong. The team gave up 3.57 goals per game last season and allowed nearly 34 shots per game on Schneider and backup Robert Kristan. Brodie should be the team’s most valuable blueliner but there is some vulnerability and inexperience back there.
Season Place PTS PP % PK % SPG SAPG GPG GAPG PIM
Season 5 21 60 12.50 78.2 26.55 33.70 2.48 3.57 9.67
Season 4 21 70 17.0 83.0 26.46 34.98 2.96 3.51 12.99
Season 3 5 103 18.4 85.6 30.66 31.72 3.40 2.74 12.24
Season 2 4 104 21.4 82.9 29.95 30.85 3.22 2.63 11.82
Season 1 5 104 19.0 84.0 32.62 28.73 3.50 2.88 9.41
Top Draft picks
Season 1: Jonathan Quick, G, current age 30. Games played: 330; Save Pct 91.5
Season 2: Talgat Zhailauov, C, age 26. GP 302, Pts 152, +44
Season 3: Andrew Shaw, RW, age 24. GP 178, Pts 45, +10
Season 4: Radko Gudas, G, age 25. GP 116, Pts 27, +1
Season 5: Fyodor Malykhin, LW, age 22. GP 51; Pts 16; -3
Season 6: Jack Eichel, C, 19.
Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)
Traded Round 8 pick (used to draft Tomas Fleischmann), Round 10 pick (James Wisniewski), and Round 16 pick (Nikita Nikitin) to Dublin for Round 9 pick (used to draft Joe Corvo), Round 11 pick (Milan Hejduk) Round 13 pick (Josh Bailey) and $10,000
Traded Tomas Zaborsky and Brooks Laich to Copenhagen for Dany Heatley and David Bolland
Traded Anton Babchuk to Stockholm for Magnus Johansson
Traded 2015 Round 3 pick (David Pastrnak) to Berlin for Ryan Wilson
Traded Dion Phaneuf to Copenhagen for Mark Giordano, Nikita Zadorov and Charlie Coyle
Traded Jonathan Quick to Belfast for Cory Schneider and Filip Forsberg
Traded Mark Giordano to Minsk for two 2017 Round 3 picks
Transactions after the start of Season 5:
Lost Steve Downey (waivers)
Signed Francois Beauchemin (free agent)
Signed Denis Gribko (free agent)
Traded David Bolland and 2017 Round 2 pick (Petr Mrazek) to Copenhagen for T.J. Brodie and Gareth Roberts
Traded Braydon Coburn and 2017 Round 3 pick (Oliver Kylington) to Gothenburg for Patrick Marleau
Traded Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle and 2018 Round 2 pick to Stockholm for Sean Monahan, Craig Smith, Jindrich Barak, Cody Ceci and 2018 Round 1 pick
After Season 6 started: Claimed Mike Indrasis on waivers.