SEASON 6 PROFILE: PARIS ROUGE EIFFELS

city Paris

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

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

Last season: 4th overall, (defeated Zurich and Lisbon and then lost to Berlin in conference finals)

Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)

Out: Mikko Koivu (trade), Nathan Gerbe (waivers), Jared McCann (trade),  Craig Paquette (trade), Jordan Caron (trade),  Colton Gillies (traded away, but then reclaimed off waivers, then lost on waivers), Justin Williams (retired), Dale Weise (free agent), Zach Boychuk (free agent), Nick Palmieri (free agent)

In: Mike Richards (trade), Dave Bolland (trade), Benoit Pouliot (trade), Martin Erat (trade), Lauri Korpikoski (free agent), Ivan Provorov (draft),  Ilya Samsonov (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)

Alex Pietrangelo, D; Kris Letang, D; Travis Hamonic, D; Evgeny Malkin, C; David Perron, RW; 3qs

 
Three Questions

1. Are they still strong and young? Yes and no. The team that won the Cup in Season 2 and has threatened to win again each year since now has 11 forwards who are 30 years old or older. They only have two defensemen who are 30 or older and their great goalie, Tuukka Rask, is 29 with several good seasons left in him. The core of the team is made of players at that perfect age of near 30. Evegeny Malkin, 30, and Corey Perry, 31, who are the main drivers of the offense and defensemen Kris Letang, 29, and still youthful Alex Pietrangelo, 26, should theoretically be at the top of their games and that’s a scary thought for the other teams in the league, especially when you consider the talent that surrounds them. Salaries are a problem, however, for GM Ralph Booth. It looks like something has to give in a lineup that currently totals $69 million. Expect either a trade or the waiving of some players who might not make it to the Paris farm club without being claimed by another team.

2. Where is their weakness? Paris is strong in all areas. In the EURO league’s history, only three teams have averaged more than 4 goals per game. They were the Paris Rouge Eiffels of Season 3, the Paris Rouge Eiffels of Season 4, and the Paris Rouge Eiffels of Season 5. They had the fifth best defensive team last season and have been in the top 9 in that area for the last three seasons. Their powerplay and penalty killing units were in the top 5 in the league last season. Rask’s save percentage was 90.2 last season and 90.3 the year before. Oh weakness …. come out, come out wherever you are. As far as we can tell, their lone weakness will only show up if defensemen or Rask get injured. They have no backups back there to fill in and maintain any semblance of Paris quality. Sergei Zinovjev and Mike Ribeiro will do nicely to replace injured forwards, but Steve Oleksy and Mattias Backman are considerable downgrades as fill-ins for Ken Kuusk or Jason Krog or the other Rouge Eiffel defensemen.

3. How good is the leadership group in Paris? As hockey players, they are as good as you will find in the league. But we shall see if the people skills of Evgeny Malkin, Alex Pietrangelo, and Kris Letang come anywhere near their fabulous puck skills. Coach Michel Therrien will be relying on those three to pull Paris out of slumps and to keep the momentum rolling throughout the season. The captain, Malkin, and his assistants are all very well respected and well liked, but there is some doubt as to whether any of them can be forceful enough with their words to push players in the right direction. Teammates should heed their words. All three were there when Paris won it all in Season 2 and they’ve been there through the close calls since.

History

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

Season 5              4         111           21.3       85.6      34.59     27.26    4.10    2.88             10.93

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 26. Games played: 402; points: 295; +97

Season 2: Ken Kuusk, D, age 22. GP 275, Pts 109, +51

Season 3: Viktor Fasth, G, age 33. GP 48, Save Pct. 88.6

Season 4: Philipp Grubauer, G, age 24.  GP 28,  Save Pct. 87.1

Season 5: Brandon Halverson, G, age 19.

Season 6: Ivan Provorov, D, 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)

Traded Andre Burakovsky to Copenhagen for Nathan Gerbe and 2017 Round 2 pick (Madrid’s) (Ilya Samsonov)

Season 6

Traded Jared McCann to Copenhagen for 2017 Round 1 pick (Athens’) (Ivan Provorov)

Traded Mikko Koivu, 2017 Round 2 pick (Mirco Mueller) and 2017 Round 3 pick (Vladislav Namestnikov) to Stockholm for Mike Richards

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

After Season 6 started:

Signed Sergei Zinovjev (free agent), Lauri Korpikoski (free agent), Ryan Clowe (free agent), Michael Ryder (free agent), Alex Tanguay (free agent); claimed Steve Olesky (waivers); claimed Colton Gillies (waivers) then lost Gillies (waivers); lost Nathan Gerbe (waivers)

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