SEASON 6 PROFILE: BRATISLAVA EAGLES

city bratislava

Team owner: Yurchik Dluhy, CEO, Cestné a Stavebné Mechanizmy Tisovec (a military equipment manufacturer in Detva, Slovakia.)

GM: Chuck Massaro (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Brent Sutter (replaced Bruce Boudreau after Season 3)

Last season: 9th overall (Defeated Athens in Round 1, lost to Berlin in Round 2)

Ins and Outs

(Season 5 to Season 6)

Out: Marian Hossa (free agent), Lauri Korpikoski (free agent), Luke Adam (trade), Frans Nielsen (free agent), Christian Ehrhoff (free agent), Barret Jackman (free agent)

In: Daniel Sedin (free agent), Karl Alzner (trade), Erik Cole (free agent), Dylan Strome (draft),  Brendan Guhle (draft)

In Place

(Key players signed past Season 6)

Jonathan Toews, C; Tyler Myers, D; Tyler Ennis, LW; Martin Hanzal, C; Tyler Toffoli, RW3qs

Three Questions

1. With Daniel Sedin replacing Hossa, will we see more scoring? Probably. Sedin came in as a free agent as Hossa went out as a free agent, and the Swede is better with the puck than the Slovak is. But Hossa played a determined defensive game that will be missed. The Eagles and Coach Brent Sutter now have a top line of Jonathan Toews centering Sedin and Tyler Ennis. They could be a force, but for that to happen, the fragile Sedin will have to stay healthy and Ennis will have to return to his Season 4 form when he scored 37 goals and 87 points. Toews, now 28, has been the best player in Bratislava since he was drafted in the first round of the initial draft, and on three separate occasions he came within a handful of points of hitting the 100-point plateau. Barring injuries to himself and his linemates, the captain should hit it this season.

2. Any big losses for the team  in the off season? On the surface, the loss of Lauri Korpikoski to free agency doesn’t seem big. He only played 107 games in a Bratislava uniform and he certainly didn’t light it up (55 points), but from the time he arrived as a waiver pickup from Edinburgh in Season 4, he had instant chemistry with center Milan Gulas and right wing Andreas Jamtin. Sutter thought the trio gave them a good third line option and all three players saw their plus-minus ratings go up significantly once they formed a line. Gulas is underrated and playing center in Bratislava, where he’ll never get past Toews on the depth chart. But Sutter plans to give Gulas a good look sometime on the second line this season with the Chinese Lucic (Wei Yang Zhang) and Troy Brouwer.

3. Overall, how will they be? The Eagles have been in the playoffs every year and owner Yurchik Dluhy thinks they should be there again this season. Overall, the team should drop in the standings. As mentioned, there is fear the loss of Korpikoski will hurt. Frans Nielsen was let go after his cheap contract expired and promoted Zemgus Girgensons will be a downgrade this season. Winger Luke Adam left in a trade for defenseman Karl Alzner, who takes Christian Ehrhoff’s place in the lineup, but veteran Erik Cole was signed recently to fill Adam’s spot. General Manager Chuck Massaro likes Cole’s experience and leadership qualities even if the 38-year-old doesn’t move like he used to. If Cole stays healthy and contributes, Bratislava makes it to the playoffs again.

History

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

Season 5                9         95         16.7         83.2        31.48     27.62     3.33        3.11              8.54

Season 4              11          93         17.3         77.1       33.94     27.01     3.71        3.50                11.93

Season 3              11          91          15.4        83.8        30.82     26.94     3.51        3.35                11.12

Season 2              6          101         18.3        82.7        31.43     26.76     3.57        3.28                11.67

Season 1              8          95          16.4        81.0        30.17     29.01     3.45        3.22                9.22

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Jonathan Toews, C, current age 28. Games played: 385; points: 465; +78

Season 2: Milan Gulas, C, age 28. GP 316, Pts 158, +64

Season 3: Michael Stone, D, age 25. GP 91, Pts 26, +7

Season 4: Zemgus Girgensens, C, age 21.  GP 7, Pts 0, -2

Season 5: Morten Madsen, C, age 23. GP 3, Pts 0, -4

Season 6: Dylan Strome, C, age 18.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 5 pick (used to draft Kimo Timonen) to Bern for Round 8 pick (Martin Erat) 2013 Round 1 (Weiyang Zhang) and 2013 Round 2 pick (Leonardo Genoni)

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

Traded 2013 Round 2 pick (Oleg Podyedonostsev) to Milan for Round 20 pick (David Steckel)

Traded David Steckel to Edinburgh for Round 21 pick (David Moss)

Season 2

Traded Lee Stempniak and 2014 Rd 3 (Steve Olesky) to Paris for Philip Larsen

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Traded 2016 Round 1 pick (Bud Holloway) to Geneva for Chris Kunitz and 2016 Round 1 pick (later traded to Copenhagen – Simon Hjalmarsson)

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

Traded 2017 Round 3 pick (Julius Nattinen) to Belfast for 2016 Round 3 pick (Evgeny Solomonov)

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

After Season 5 started

Signed Marek Daloga (free agent)

Season 6

Traded Luke Adam to Stockholm for Karl Alzner

Traded 2018 Round 3 pick to Milan for 2017 Round 3 Pick (Brendan Guhle)

After Season 6 started:

Traded Mark Pysyk to Stockholm for Simon Despres

Season 7

Traded Siim Liivik to Berlin for Leon Draisaitl

 

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