SEASON 6 PROFILE: COPENHAGEN TRIDENTS

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GM: Dylan Callow (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Dave Cameron (Replaced Paul Maurice after Season 4) (Maurice replaced Brent Sutter after Season 3)

Last season: 20th overall, out of the playoffs

Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)

Out:  Tim Thomas (retired), Joe Pavelski (trade), Steve Chalmers (trade), Dave Bolland (trade), Martin Erat (trade), Benoit Pouliot (trade), Dennis Rasmussen (trade), Joni Pitkanen (free agent),  Jeff Carter (obtained rights in off-season trade but would not sign, lost as free agent)

In: Mathieu Perreault (trade), Ilya Nikulin (free agent), Roberto Luongo (free agent), Devin Setoguchi (free agent), Nathan Gerbe (waivers), Lars Eller (waivers), David Clarkson (free agent), Jared McCann (trade), Kyle Brodziak (trade), Craig Paquette (trade), Colin Greening (waivers), Jordan Caron (trade, but later waived and lost), Colton Gillies (trade then lost to waivers), Johnny Gaudreau (draft), Noah Hanifin (draft), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (draft), Petr Mrazek (draft), Vincent Trocheck (draft), Thomas Chabot (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)

Johnny Gaudreau, LW; Dougie Hamilton, D; Marko Dano, RW; Slava Voynov, D; Jonathan Drouin, LW 3qs   

 
Three Questions

1. Hi, are you my new teammate? Copenhagen’s roster changes more than the stock market does. After three fantastic seasons in the league’s first years, the Tridents started to tumble down the standings in Season 4 and GM Dylan Callow wasted no time springing into action, gutting the team and shuffling personnel like a blackjack dealer shuffles cards in a casino. Stephen Weiss has been a good soldier in Copenhagen and he has survived the madness … so far, at least. Weiss was drafted in the fourth round of the initial league draft and he has suited up for 383 games since, wearing no other team’s sweater. Ryan Murphy is the only other original draftee who has played for only Copenhagen. Of course, Murphy has been slow to develop and has only gotten into 3 games to date,  nonetheless, he hasn’t had to go to the Copenhagen post office to give them a forwarding address*. Roberto Luongo and Colin Greening are back in Trident red and white* after spending two seasons elsewhere. The prelude to Season 6 repeats the notes Callow played in the prelude to Season 5. Sixteen* new players have been added to the roster this season, while 8* players from last year’s roster are gone for various reasons, including Joe Pavelski, who was traded to Lisbon. The Tridents will look different from the Season 5 Tridents and nothing like the Season 4 team. It gets pretty confusing in the team’s front office building. Expect the men and women who print the game program to scratch GM Callow’s car or puncture his tires a few times this season.

*May no longer be true, depending on how soon you are reading this after it was published.

2. So with all the new faces, who will stand out? With the fourth pick in the draft, Callow snagged Johnny Gaudreau. As he does in Calgary these days, Gaudreau will attract the most fans and reporters. He can dangle and create offense, but he’s only 21. His best days – lots and lots of them – are ahead of him. In truth, the team does not have many stars right now to get fans into the arena. By Websim’s definition, Copenhagen has just two “superstars” with 80 OV ratings. Slava Voynov and Luongo will have company soon though. Dougie Hamilton scored 11 goals from his defense position last year and is quickly becoming one of the better players in the league. Two young goalies and 9 young forwards are also on the road to becoming superstars, but people who attend games in Denmark will have to sit through some discouraging contests until that crop of players matures.

3. Are there holes in the lineup? Next question. We’re not even going to trying to describe the Tridents’ line combinations and defense pairings until Jan. 29, the day after the trade deadline. We will go out on a limb, however, and predict that Weiss will see a lot of ice time. Coach Dave Cameron will do his best to find chemistry throughout the lineup and if he finds some, he should rush to Callow with the news. And if the GM has a phone up to his ear … definitely interrupt him. Cameron has a lot to fix with his new handymen. Last season, the Tridents had trouble scoring. They were fifth from the bottom in goals per game and third from the bottom in powerplays. They were fairly successful in generating shots, however, so more shooting drills might pay off. They also did well in limiting shots on goal, but their 3.76 goals against average was second worst in the EURO. Those stats point to goaltending and Callow hopes he upgraded the team there by hiring the 37-year-old Luongo to replace Tim Thomas, who retired after the season at age 42. Andres De La Garma and Petr Mrazek seem to have the inside track on succeeding Luongo in goal, but employment stability in Copenhagen is … how can we put this … terrifying.

History

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

Season 5            20             63            12.7       80.5    29.33      29.51    2.80      3.76   9.88

Season 4            12              90           21.0       85.2     33.11       27.41   3.30      3.00     10.23

Season 3              2              111           22.4      83.3    32.24       28.66   3.95    2.99    9.90

Season 2              1              114           18.2      86.3      33.13       27.65    3.72    2.59   8.89

Season 1              4              108         19.9      86.3    32.10       29.05    3.66    2.76    9.57

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Roberto Luongo, G, current age 37. Games played: 301; Save Pct. 90.6

Season 2: Kevin Dallman, D, age 29. GP 316, Pts 157, +22

Season 3: Nikita Zadorov, D, age 20. GP 81, Pts 28, -23

Season 4: Nick Holden, D, age 28. GP 158, Points 49, -22

Season 5: Simon Hjalmarsson, C, age 23. GP 66, Pts 15, -5

Season 6: Johnny Gaudreau, LW, age 21.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Jimmy Howard) to Oslo for Round 5 pick (used to draft Andrew Ladd) and Round 7 pick (Alex Goligoski)

Traded Round 5 pick (Paul Stastny) and Round 12 pick (Marc Staal) to Helsinki for Round 4 pick (Stephen Weiss)

Traded Alexandre Burrows to Oslo for Round 8 pick (Andrej Meszaros) and Round 12 pick (Boyd Gordon)

Season 2

Traded Jonas Hiller and Darrell Powe to Stockholm for Mark Giordano and Matthieu Garon

Traded Andrew Ladd, Brandon Sutter and Kevin Dallman to Moscow for Alexander Ovechkin and Dave Bolland

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

Season 3

Traded Dave Bolland and Dany Heatley to Munich for Brooks Laich and Tomas Zaborsky

Traded 2015 Round 2 pick (Julius Honka) to Minsk for Andres De La Garma

Traded Kevin Shattenkirk, Teddy Purcell and Carl Gunnarsson to London for Shea Weber

Season 4

Traded Roberto Luongo to Zurich for Brian Elliott

Traded Colin Greening to Stockholm for T.J. Brodie

Traded Mark Giodano, Nikita Zadorov, Charlie Coyle and 2016 Round 1 pick to Munich for Dion Phaneuf

Season 5

Traded 2016 Round 2 pick (Reto Suri) to Madrid for Andrew Cogliano

Traded 2016 Round 3 pick (Michael Keranen) to Zurich for Martin Thornberg

Traded Shea Weber to Lisbon for Dougie Hamilton, Gareth Roberts and 2016 Round 1 pick (Morten Madsen)

Traded Andrej Meszaros to Madrid for Marko Dano and 2017 Round 2 pick (Ilya Samsonov)

Traded Dion Phaneuf to Berlin for Slava Voynov, Martin Erat and 2017 Round 3 pick (Linden Vey)

Traded Alexander Ovechkin to Belfast for Joe Pavelski, Jonathan Drouin and 2016 Round 1 pick (Ville Vahalahti)

Traded Martin Thornberg to Edinburgh for 2018 Round 2 pick

Traded Matt Frattin and 2016 Round 1 pick (Morten Madsen) to Bratislava for 2017 Round 1 pick (Simon Hjalmarsson)

Traded Alex Goligoski to Athens for Brooks Orpik, Bryan Bickel and 2017 Round 1 pick (Ivan Provorov)

Traded Brian Elliott to Dublin for Tim Thomas and 2017 Round 1 pick  (Noah Hanifin)

Traded Troy Brouwer to Bratislava for a 2017 Round 2 pick (Daniel Sprong)


After the start of Season 5       

Traded Brooks Laich, Andrew Cogliano and Nick Holden to Madrid for Brian Campbell and 2017 Round 1 pick (Jean-Gabriel Pageau)

Traded Thomas Greiss to Bern for 2018 Round 3 pick

Lost Bryan Bickell (waivers)

Traded Brian Campbell and 2018 Round 3 pick to Milan for Jonathan Blum

Claimed Benoit Pouliot (waivers)

Claimed Clarke MacArthur (waivers)

Traded Angelo Nigro (formerly Chris Legge) to Gothenburg for 2019 Round 3 pick

Claimed Chris Kunitz (waivers)

Claimed Steve Ott (waivers)

Traded Nathan Gerbe and 2017 Round 2 pick (Ilya Samsonov) to Paris for Andre Burakovsky

Traded T.J. Brodie and Gareth Roberts to Munich for David Bolland and 2017 Round 2 pick (Petr Mrazek)

Traded Clarke MacArthur to Lisbon for Jacob De La Rose

Season 6

Traded 2017 Round 1 pick (Ivan Provorov) to Paris for Jared McCann

Traded Joe Pavelski and 2018 Round 3 pick (Bern’s originally) to Lisbon for Kyle Brodziak and 2018 Round 1 pick

Traded Steve Chalmers, 2017 Round 2 pick (Daniel Sprong) and 2017 Round 3 pick (Linden Vey) to Stockholm for Jeff Carter

Traded Dave Bolland, Martin Erat, Benoit Pouliot and 2018 Round 2 pick to Paris for 2018 Round 1 pick, Craig Paquette, Jordan Caron and Colton Gillies.

Traded Dennis Rasmussen to Belfast for Mathieu Perreault

After Season 6 started: Traded Nathan Gerbe and Colin Greening to Madrid for Jonas Hiller, Lee Stempniak, Daniel Winnik and 2018 Madrid Round 1 pick.

Bought out Chris Kunitz and Daniel Winnik.

Lost Ben Smith (waivers)

Signed Damien Brunner (free agent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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