Season 7 Profile: Edinburgh Capitals

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GM: John Charles  (3rd GM in team’s history)

Coach: Bob Hartley (replaced Randy Carlyle before Season 6, who replaced Lindy Ruff)

 Last season: 20th overall, out of the playoffs


Ins and Outs (Season 6 to Season 7)

Out:  Brandon Dubinsky (trade), Mike Cammalleri (free agent), Grant Clitsome (free agent), Fedor Tyutin (bought out)

In: David Savard (waivers), Jesse Puljujarvi (draft), Jake Bean (draft), Brett Pesce (draft), Andreas Athansiou (draft), Brandon Davidson (draft)


In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)

Sidney Crosby, C; Jakub Kovar, G; Gurkan Cetinkaya, D; Sam Reinhart, RW; Mike Hoffman, LW


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Three Questions

1. How is the Caps’ goaltending? Young. But capable. Jakub Kovar and Luka Gracnar are both 23 years old and have bright futures ahead of them. Edinburgh fans might have to show a little patience for the youngsters who put together respectable save percentages between 89.3 and 90 last season. Coach Bob Hartley actually has a hard decision to make every pre-game because while Kovar is seen as the better puckstopper with more potential, Gracnar had a winning record last season. Kovar did not. The biggest question regarding the two is will they both grow up together in the Capitals’s system or will one be traded away? The team’s won-loss record will be the key to that answer because it will affect the fans’ and general manager’s patience.

2. How far can Benn and Crosby carry Edinburgh? The Scottish team boasts two of the best natural point scorers in hockey in Jamie Benn, 28, and Sidney Crosby, 30. Smooth youngster Sam Reinhart and 31-year-old Rickard Wallin are the two right wings with the most offensive skill and they seem like the best bets to start alongside Crosby and Benn this season.  Benn has been the model of consistency in the goal-scoring department with 26, 27, 28 or 29 in all of his six seasons. He definitely wants more assists this season to bounce back from a sub-par 59-point season. Crosby, meanwhile, saw his stats improve after he jumped over to the next island from Belfast. He had 84 points last season and played a good two-game. Finding chemistry early on the top line would really help Edinburgh this season. They definitely need to improve their performance on the powerplay because the Caps were the worst team in the league last season with the man advantage.

3. Will their defense improve? Last season, only two teams allowed more shots on goal than did Edinburgh and that fact was a big reason they weren’t able to reach the playoffs. Scooping up David Savard off the waiver wire was an astute move by GM John Charles because Savard will firm up the third pair on the blue line. He is slow, but strong in front of the net and very capable of supporting the forwards once they get into the opponents’ end. The first two pairs are pretty solid with Gurkan Cetinkaya, Luke Schenn, Jason Demers and Adam Larsson there. Last season, Larsson was a horse back there for the Caps, leading the squad’s defensemen in minutes played, scoring, shot blocking, takeaways and hits. Unfortunately, he also had the worst plus-minus rating of the group. The rugged Schenn might be asking Coach Hartley for more ice time, given the fact he had the best plus-minus among Edinburgh defensemen.


History

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

Season 6               20           71            11.3        84.3    27.73       32.60     2.78    3.40    8.95

Season 5                14           85           19.2       83.1     29.62       31.85       3.23     3.40   8.79

Season 4               5             107          20.3       82.4       32.22      29.05    3.77     3.02    9.98

Season 3              13             83           15.7       81.3       30.16      28.44     3.44    3.51    10.66

Season 2              12             93           17.8        82.3      30.05     27.26    3.51    3.43    12.13

Season 1              12             90           15.2       80.8        29.84    29.06     3.11    3.13    9.11


Top Draft picks

Season 1: Henrik Lundqvist, G, current age 35. Games played: 401; save pct. 91.2

Season 2: Gurkan Cetinkaya, D, age 25. GP 296, Pts 97,  -11

Season 3: Casey Cizikas, C, age 25.   GP 98, Points 24, -6

Season 4: Sam Reinhart, C/RW, age 21. GP 41, Points 26, -24

Season 5: Alexander Kerfoot, RW, age 24. GP 126, Points 34, +3

Season 6: Mike Hoffman, LW, age 26. GP 82, Points 38, -3

Season 7: Jess Puljujarvi, RW, Age 18.


Trade History

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

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Daniel Sedin) and Round 5 pick (Ray Whitney) to Bern for Round 2 pick (Derek Stepan)

Traded Round 15 pick (Evgeny Kuznetsov) to Bern for Dan Winnick

Traded Nick Bjugstad to Minsk for Matt Hunwick, for Round 25 pick (Daniel Paille) and another Round 25 pick (Alexei Emelin)

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

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

Traded Artem Anisimov, Blake Wheeler and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic to St. Petersburg for James Neal, Andrei Kostitsyn and Karl Alzner

Traded Henrik Lundqvist to Helsinki for John Tavares, Ilya Bryzgalov, 2013 Round 2 pick (Jakub Kovar) and $5 million

Traded David Steckel and 2013 Round 3 pick (Jamie Oleksiak) to St. Petersburg for Kyle Wellwood

Season 2 – None

Season 3 – None

Traded James Neal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson to Belfast for Tony Martensson, Olivier Roland, Ondrej Pavelec and Adam Larsson

Traded Ondrej Pavelec, 2016 Round 1 pick (Simon Hjalmarsson), 2017 Round 2 pick to Geneva for Kari Lehtonen

Traded Derek Stepan, Dan Winnick, Chris Stewart and Francois Beauchemin to Madrid for Rick Nash, Braydon Coburn, Fedor Tyutin and Patrick O’Sullivan

Season 4

Traded John Tavares to Lisbon for Claude Giroux

Traded 2017 Round 3 pick (Niklas Svedberg) to Berlin for 2016 Round 2 pick (Marc Peninou (named changed to Alexander Kerfoot))

Traded Tony Martensson to Berlin for Matt Read

Traded 2018 Round 2 pick (Radek Faksa) to Copenhagen for Martin Thornberg

Moves After Season 5 started

  • Claimed Bryan Bickell (waivers)
  • Signed Alexander Sulzer (free agent)
  • Signed Mike Cammalleri (free agent)
  • Claimed Nino Niedereitter (waivers)
  • Signed Grant Clitsome (free agent)
  • Signed Andy Sertich (free agent)

Season 6

After Season 6 started: Traded Claude Giroux to Belfast for Sidney Crosby, Mikko Rantanen, 2018 Round 1 pick (Jake Bean) and 2018 Round 2 pick (Andreas Athanasiou)

Traded Olivier Roland and 2018 Round 3 pick to Minsk for Kevin Hayes, 2018 Round 2 pick and 2019 Round 2 pick (Brandon Davidson)

Season 7

Traded Brandon Dubinsky to Copenhagen for Josh Holden and 2018 Round 2 pick (Brett Pesce)

Claimed David Savard (waivers)

After season started: Signed Thomas Vanek (free agent)

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