GM: Randy Rock (5th GM in team’s history)
Coach: Mike Babcock
Last season: 22nd overall, out of playoffs
Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)
Out: Brent Seabrook (free agent), Andy McDonald (retired), Ron Hainsey (retired), Derek Dorsett (free agent), Marcel Goc (free agent), Jack Skille (free agent), Fredrik Norrena (free agent)
In: Brooks Laich (free agent), Brian Flynn (trade), Matt D’Agostini (free agent), Jan Laco (free agent), Nicklas Grossmann (free agent), Miha Verlic (free agent), Olli Malmavaara (free agent), Mark Stone (draft), Lawson Crouse (draft), Sebastian Aho (draft), Raphael Diaz (free agent)
In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)
Mika Zibanejad, C; Mark Stone, RW; Henrik Zetterberg, C; Radim Vrbata, RW; Andrei Kostitsyn, LW
1. Can Bern rebound? The Bears went from 94 points to 59 points and from 10th to 22nd place from Season 4 to Season 5. They need a jolt. Especially on an offense that was in the bottom 4 in the league in power play percentage, shots on goal, and goal scoring. They got lucky in winning the draft lottery to add Mark Stone to the lineup, and he might score a decent number of points for Bern. Brooks Laich and Matt D’Agostini, two smart players, were added through free agency. Overall, the forwards are better this year, and while they might not score too much more than they did in Season 5, they have a better all-around unit. For any rebound, Bern is relying heavily on older players like Joe Thornton, Henrik Zetterberg and Radim Vrbata in particular.
2. Seabrook is gone. What!? Brent Seabrook, a three-time all-star who is 6th all-time in defenseman scoring, and second all-time in both blocked shots and hits, left for Milan in free agency after five excellent seasons with the Bears. It sounds dramatic, but you really can’t replace a player like Seabrook. Real Bern fans have to be heart-broken that he left, even though he only moved 350 kilometers to the south. Another great Bern defenseman, Tobias Enstrom, will have Dennis Seidenberg as his new partner and the German has the stamina to play on the top pairing, even at age 35. Seabrook’s departure is Seidenberg’s big chance to really shine. This season marks the 6th in a Bears uniform for both Enstrom and Seidenberg. Johnny Boychuk and Matt Hunwick will make up the second duo and both are strong defensive players. In fact, all of Bern’s defensemen have good defense ratings, so look for coach Mike Babcock to be playing for a lot of 1-0 or 2-1 games.
3. Who is their goaltender? Bern General Manager Randy Rock has three goalies right now who could all be considered starters. Mike Smith, 34, is the reigning number one in Bern, but his numbers went down last year. Thomas Greiss, 30, did so well as a backup last season that Babcock has him penciled in as the opening day starter. And Jan Laco, 30, came over from Lisbon in a trade and he can compete with both of them. Right now at least, Rock has the cap space to carry all three goalies if he wants.
Season Place PTS PP % PK % SPG SAPG GPG GAPG PIM
Season 5 22 59 13.20 81.30 26.00 32.29 2.45 3.46 10.66
Season 4 10 94 17.6 82.1 30.71 30.34 3.24 3.12 11.48
Season 3 14 86 18.0 82.6 29.88 30.78 3.2 3.37 11.43
Season 2 11 93 17.9 83.3 30.96 29.66 3.32 3.04 10.09
Season 1 2 119 25.2 83.1 31.87 28.82 3.88 2.73 7.52
Top Draft picks
Season 1: Claude Giroux, RW, currently age 28. GP 401, Pts 485, -48
Season 2: Scott Glennie, C, age 25.
Season 3: Dalton Prout, D, age 25. GP 87, Pts 18, -3
Season 4: Cam Talbot, G, age 28. GP 45, Save pct. 89.9
Season 5: Kjetil Martinsen, RW, age 22.
Season 6: Mark Stone, RW, age 22.
Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)
Traded Round 8 pick (used to draft Martin Erat) 2013 Round 1 (Weiyang Zhang) and 2013 Round 2 pick (Leonardo Genoni) to Bratislava for Round 5 pick (used to draft Kimo Timonen)
Traded Claude Giroux to Frankfurt for Rd 3 pick (Brent Seabrook) and Rd 4 pick (Jason Spezza)
Traded Rd 2 pick (Derek Stepan) to Edinburgh for Rd 3 pick (Daniel Sedin) and Rd 5 pick (Ray Whitney)
Traded Daniel Sedin and Rd 12 pick (Max Talbot) to Oslo for Rd 4 pick (Radim Vrbata) and Rd 6 pick (Johan Franzen)
Traded Rd 10 pick (Devan Dubnyk) to Belfast for Rd 12 pick (Sami Salo)and Rd 24 pick (Douglas Murray)
Traded Rd 14 pick (Matt Cullen), Rd 25 pick (Daniel Paille) and 2013 Rd 3 pick (Nathan Beaulieu) to Minsk for Rd 12 pick (Dan Winnick)
Traded Rd 13 pick (Dmitri Orlov), Rd 19 pick (Carlo Colaiacovo) and 2014 Rd 1 pick (Jake Muzzin) to Paris for Adrian Aucoin
Traded Dan Winnick to Edinburgh for Rd 15 pick (Evgeny Kuznetsov)
Traded Rd 20 pick (Brandon Prust) and Rd 22 pick (Mark Visentin) to Madrid for Sammi Pahlsson
Traded Nicklas Backstrom (goalie) to Geneva for 2013 Rd 3 pick (Scott Glennie), 2014 Rd 3 pick (Tommy Wingels) and $1.5 million
Season 2 – None
Season 3 – None
Traded 2017 Round ? pick to Minsk for Jon Merrill
Traded Dalton Prout and Mike Cammalleri to Stockholm for Shane Doan, Anton Babchuk and Corey Potter
Traded Cam Talbot to Belfast for 2017 Round 1 pick
After the start of Season 5
Signed Fredrik Norrena (free agent)
Traded Evgeny Kuznetsov and Mats Rosselli Olsen to Lisbon for Joe Thornton
Signed Matt Halischuk (free agent)
Traded 2018 Round 3 pick to to Copenhagen for Thomas Greiss
Traded 2018 Round 2 pick to Berlin for 2018 Round 2 pick and Brian Flynn