GM: Ron Lavallee (4th GM in team’s history)
Coach: Joel Quenneville (formerly Glen Gulutzan)
Last season: 5th overall (In the playoffs, defeated Helsinki; lost to Belfast)
Ins and Outs
(Season 6 to Season 7)
Out: Andrei Markov (free agent), Frans Nielsen (free agent), Brian Campbell (retired)
In: Derek Roy (waivers), Gerhard Unterluggauer (waivers), Olli Juolevi (draft), Logan Brown (draft), Trevor Van Riemsdyk (draft)
(Key players signed past Season 7)
David Backes, C; Ryan O’Reilly, C; Alexander Salak, G; Ryan Suter, D; Max Pacioretty, LW
1. Isn’t their average age a little high? More than half of Moscow’s lineup is 30 years old or older, which means those players should have dropped a little in the between-seasons attribute evolution and they could degrade further at mid season. Their added experience will offset some of the attribute declines and don’t overlook the fact that their older core players are still excellent. Dustin Brown, 33, had his best season ever last year with 85 points. David Backes, also 33, had 89 points and Ryan Suter, 32, has yet to know what fatigue feels like. Plus, the leadership that Backes and Brown provide in the dressing room and on the ice is as good as you can find anywhere. Dynamo’s success this season will largely depend on how well Brown, Backes and Suter can maintain their high level of play.
2. What young players are coming up? Ryan O’Reilly has been an important EURO League player for a long time, but he’s only 26. Assuming GM Ron Lavallee can keep him on the team, O’Reilly might be the player around whom this team revolves once Backes and Brown are gone. Known as a good defensive forward who doesn’t take penalties, O’Reilly is also a powerful offensive weapon, with more than 300 shots on goal in each of the last three seasons when he put up point totals of 83, 100 (both seasons with Athens) and 74 last season with Moscow. Another 26-year-old forward, Kyle Palmieri, should bust the 20-goal plateau this season and stay above it for years. But that’s pretty much the calvary at the moment: O’Reilly, Palmieri and promising prospect Mitch Marner, who’s off to a very quick start with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. Lavallee’s predecessors had winning now on their minds and have left the cupboards bare in the youth department.
3. How good is goalie Salak? To make a long paragraph short, any team in the league would love to have Alexander Salak as its goalie. Elevated to starter last season, he played 71 games and had a save percentage of over 90. Without counting a season in which he only played one game, Salak has never had a goals against average over 2.76 or a save percentage under 90.1. He was also on the Northern Conference’s all-star team last year. At age 26, Salak could have nearly a decade of quality goaltending in him and Moscow has him locked up for two more years and a player option at $4 million per season.
Season Place PTS PP % PK % SPG SAPG GPG GAPG PIM
Season 6 5 106 21.2 86.8 33.38 27.91 3.74 2.88 10.00
Season 5 6 107 20.9 86.9 32.50 27.45 3.67 2.76 9.67
Season 4 1 113 18.6 86.4 35.01 27.01 3.44 2.34 8.62
Season 3 4 (cup) 106 20.9 80.4 32.61 29.48 3.56 3.15 9.45
Season 2 5 101 18.4 83.4 32.62 28.21 3.38 2.8 11.21
Season 1 18 77 15.9 81.1 31.00 29.88 3.10 3.20 8.48
Top Draft picks
Season 1: Anze Kopitar, C, current age 30. Games played 468; Points 543,+14
Season 2: Alexander Salak, G, age 26. GP 121; Save Pct. 90.6
Season 3: Darnell Nurse, D, age 21. GP 9; Pts 2; -4
Season 4: Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, age 20. GP 1; Pts 1; Plus/minus 0
Season 5: Sam Godfrey, D, age 26. GP 38; Pts 10; -5
Season 6: Brock Boeser, RW, age 19.
Season 7: Olli Juolevi, D, age 18.
Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)
Traded Round Phil Kessel and Bobby Ryan to Dublin for Alxeander Ovechkin and 2014 Round 1 pick (used to draft Darnell Nurse)
Traded Alexander Ovechkin and Dave Bolland to Copenhagen for Andrew Ladd, Brandon Sutter and Kevin Dallman
*Three trades missing from this period. Tomas Kaberle seems to have been traded in one of them.
Traded James Van Riemsdyk and Marcus Johansson to Stockholm for Dustin Brown
Traded 2015 Round 1 pick to Berlin for Kris Versteeg
Traded Darnell Nurse, 2016 Round 1 pick (traded later to Copenhagen and then Bratislava – Morten Madsen) and 2017 Round 1 pick to Frankfurt for Max Pacioretty
Traded Nicolas Ehlers to Helsinki for 2016 Round 1 pick (later traded to Gothenberg)
Traded Kevin Dallman and 2016 Round 1 pick (formerly Helsinki’s – Olli Palola) to Gothenberg for Ryan Suter and Blake Wheeler
Traded Aleksey Morozov to Gothenburg for 2018 Round 3 pick
After Season 5 started
Signed Rich Peverley (free agent)
Traded Alexei Kalyuzhny to Lisbon for a 2017 Round 3 pick (Melker Karlsson)
Traded Andrew Ladd, Jaroslav Halak, Brandon Sutter and a 2018 Round 2 pick to Athens for David Backes, Kyle Palmeiri and a 2018 Round 1 pick
After Season 6 started:
Traded Anze Kopitar to Athens for Ryan O’Reilly
Traded Brock Boeser to Helsinki for Mitch Marner
Traded Blake Wheeler, Marc-Andre Bourdon and 2018 Round 3 pick to Madrid for Nick Leddy and Chris Stewart
Signed Mark Fayne and Brian Campbell (free agents)
Bought out Mike Brown
Claimed Derek Roy and Gerhard Unterluggauer (waivers)
After season started: Traded Travis Sanheim to St.Petersburg for Karl Alzner; bought out contracts of Vinny Lecavalier and John Mitchell; claimed Riley Nash (waivers)