SEASON 6 PROFILE: MILAN GUERRIERO HC

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GM: David Bell (2nd GM in team’s history)

Coach: Bruce Boudreau (replaced Randy Carlyle after season 3)

Last season: 23rd overall, out of the playoffs

Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)

Out: Trevor Daley (free agent), Brian Campbell (free agent), Sean Bergenheim (free agent)

In:  Brent Seabrook (free agent), Brett Connolly (waivers), Sam Godfrey (waivers), Andrew Hammond (draft),  Mikko Rantanen (draft),  Jakub Zboril (draft), Patrick Thoresen (free agent), Alex Killorn (waivers, later waived and lost)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)

Kyle Okposo, RW; Jaden Schwartz, C; Andrew Hammond, G, Tyler Johnson, C, Mathis Olimb, LW

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Three Questions

1. Is this the year Milan moves up? It should be. While not filled with superstars, the Guerriero lineup is solid with no slouches. The team’s weakest OV rating up front is 73 and the weakest defenseman has a 71 OV rating. The rest are average or above and that could spur a move up the standings. Milan fans should not expect a Belfast- or Minsk-type leap to the top, but they should move up the standings. And if you look a little further into the future, you see very promising days ahead because 8 forwards – that’s almost 3 full lines – have great potential and there are solid young players elsewhere in the lineup.

2. What made the biggest news in Italy during the off season? Milan General Manager David Bell acquired two players who should pay dividends immediately. One, all-star defenseman Brent Seabrook, was flat out purchased for $9 million as a free agent thanks to the huge cap cushion Bell had engineered. Seabrook is good in all areas of the game and he’ll be a great role model for the younger Guerriero. The second big acquisition, Andrew Hammond, came in the draft and he’ll step right in as the top goalie on the team. He’ll also have to change his nickname from The Hamburglar, which works in the English language, to Il Hamburgerscassinatore, which kind of works in Italian, but really doesn’t. And if he went with Il Hamborgo, that could sort of be construed as meaning hamburgertown, which is probably not what he is going for. He could go with just Andrew, which would be translated to Andrea, but Pirlo already has that name locked up in northern Italy … oh, the problems that come with taking the job as number one goalie! In any event, Seabrook and Hammond hope to make an impact on the team right away because both will be sitting at the negotiating table with Bell after the season.

3. What area needs to improve the most? Looking at where Milan ranked among teams in the EURO League last year in various statistical categories, it’s plain there is room for improvement everywhere but especially in goal scoring, where the team placed only ahead of Oslo. The Guerriero won’t be going anywhere soon if the can’t score more than 2.45 goals per game, like they did in Season 5. Veteran Kyle Okposo knows he plays a large role in the team’s improvement, and he has proven he is capable of posting 30 goals and 75 points in a season. Great pressure will be on young forwards to produce and that seems grossly unfair. A lot will be expected of youngsters Jaden Schwartz, Tomas Zaborsky, Niklas Danielsson and Tyler Johnson even though they have other things to learn at the same time, like defensive hockey, team play, and just plain getting along with teammates. The skating ability is there in spades among this forward group. They just might be able to skate some teams into submission. The puck skills are good and getting better. But until they can convert that natural ability and talent into goals, Milan will find the going tough.

History

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

Season 5              23          58         17.7       80.1        27.56      31.96     2.45        3.52               7.80

Season 4              22         65          15.3        78.0       27.98      34.23    2.72        3.88               9.82

Season 3              22          62          13.3        81.3       26.88     31.39     2.72        3.71                11.62

Season 2              16          86         15.7        84.1       32.62     28.82     3.33        3.32                12.68

Season 1              7          101          19.8        85.6        31.23     27.30    3.74        3.15                11.41

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Gabriel Landeskog, LW, current age 24. Games played: 408; points: 376; -101

Season 2: Gerhard Unterluggauer, D, age 32. GP 297, Pts 126, +26

Season 3: Ben Bishop, G, age 29. GP 139, Save Pct. 88.3

Season 4: Tyler Johnson, C, age 25.  GP 164, Pts  110, -139

Season 5: Par Arlbrandt, RW, age 22.  GP 75, Pts 32, -21

Season 6: Andrew Hammond, G, age 26.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 6 pick (used to draft David Perron), Round 21 pick (Mike Green) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Ossi Vaananen) to Paris for Round 3 pick (used to draft Dustin Byfuglien), Round 20 pick, and Round 26 pick (Jeff Woywitka)

Traded Gabriel Landeskog to Madrid for Dustin Brown, Round 10 pick (Trevor Daley) and Round pick (Chris Kreider)

Traded Round 20 pick (Jonathan Bernier) and Round 22 pick (Jakub Kindl) to St. Petersburg for Round 18 pick (Brandon Gormley)

Traded Round 20 pick (David Steckel) to Bratislava for 2013 Round 2 pick (later traded) (Olexander Podbyedonostsev)

Traded Andrew Cogliano to Edinburgh for 2013 Round 2 pick (Gerhard Unterluggauer)

Traded Zbynek Michalek and Jaroslav Spacek to Dublin for 2013 Round 2 pick (Niklas Danielsson) and $1.35 million

Traded Jordan Staal, Chris Kreider, 2013 Round 2 pick (Jonas Brodin) and $250,000 to Madrid for Henrik Sedin

Traded Brad Boyes to Athens for 2013 Round 3 pick (Magnus Johansson)

Traded Nik Antropov, 2013 Round 2 pick (Olexander Podbyedonostsev) and 2013 Round 3 pick (Matthew Dumba) to Helsinki for Jamie McGinn

Traded Viktor Stalberg, 2014 Round 1 pick (Cam Atkinson) and $1 million to St. Petersburg for Daniel Alfredsson

Traded Brian Rolston to Madrid for 2013 Round 2 pick (later traded) (Eliezer Sherbatov)

Traded Dustin Penner to Oslo for 2014 Round 3 (later traded) (Samuel Morin)

Season 2

* unknown. Might be as many as 5 trades

Season 3

Traded Dustin Brown and 2014 Round 2 pick (Marcus Foligno) to Stockholm for Kyle Okposo and 2014 Round 1 pick (Brendan Gallagher)

Details are sketchy but Milan made trades that sent Ryan Callahan to Berlin, Dustin Byfuglien toAthens and Mike Richards to Stockholm, receiving in return, Jaden Schwartz, Marcus Krieger, Matt Read, Joel Armia, a first-round pick and two second-round picks. David, if you have better records, we can correct it.

Traded Dimitrios Kalyvas to Athens for Johnny Boychuk

Traded Gerhard Unterluggauer and Matt Read to Berlin for Joakim Lindstrom and Mathis Olimb

Traded Magnus Johansson to Stockholm for Thomas Hickey

Traded Antti Niemi to Gothenburg for 2015 Round 1 and 2015 Round 3 picks

Season 4

Season 5

After the start of Season 5:

Signed Sean Bergenheim (free agent)

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

Season 6

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

After Season 6 started: Traded Mikko Rantanen to Belfast for Robby Fabbri and 2019 Round 3 pick (Zurich’s).

Claimed Alex Killorn on waivers and then lost him on waivers

Signed Patrick Thoresen (free agent)

Season 7

Traded Niklas Danielsson to Lisbon for Nick Bjugstad

 

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