Season 7 Team Profile: Copenhagen Tridents


GM: Martin Sayle (2nd GM in team’s history)

Coach: Dave Cameron (Replaced Paul Maurice after Season 4) (Maurice replaced Brent Sutter after Season 3)

Last season: 23rd overall, out of the playoffs

Ins and Outs (Season 5 to Season 6)

Out:  Lee Stempniak (free agent), Josh Holden (trade), David Clarkson (free agent), Jonathan Blum (buyout)

In: Alexander Steen (free agent), Ian White (free agent), Auston Matthews (draft), Jaccob Slavin (draft), Michael McLeod (draft), Jake McCabe (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 6)

Johnny Gaudreau, LW; Dougie Hamilton, D; Devn Setoguchi, RW; Slava Voynov, D; Alexander Steen, LW 3qs   

Three Questions

1. Can we expect a bounce back up the standings? If you looked at the prestige list on Websim’s  “Standings” page late last season, you will have noticed Copenhagen was ranked second, behind only Paris. In the league’s first three years, Denmark was the place to be if you were a player. Or a fan. The Tridents won a lot of games in those days. But the plan to lift the EURO Cup narrowly missed the mark and before things got a little worse each season, GM Dylan Callow decided to make it a lot worse for a season while the Trident management retooled in hopes of returning them to glory sooner than they would through attrition and natural growth. But that “worse” year got even worse in Season 6. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton was out a month with an injury and the heralded return of glory days goalie Roberto Luongo was a bust (.872 save percentage). The team slipped downhill early and couldn’t climb the steep standings. The only team below them in the standings, Oslo, has shown signs of shifting into second gear so Copenhagen fans who are used to success may have to sit through another long, losing season. Callow then left the league, and Martin Sayle (fitting that a team called the Tridents would have a sail – Sayle in this case.) has taken over.  With the four first-round draft picks he had, Sayle brought in a potential franchise player in Auston Matthews with the third overall pick. He also drafted two good young blueliners in Jaccob Slavin and Jake McCabe. Then, he signed free agents Alex Steen and Ian White. Callow had bequeathed Sayle Johnny Gaudreau and Hamilton as the shiniest stars in Copenhagen’s future and they will have a rock-solid supporting cast. It had to have been hard for Callow and the fans to trade Shea Weber, Alexander Ovechkin, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Goligoski, Brian Elliott and others, but the rewards will come later. The Tridents roster includes 13 players who are 25 or younger with PO ratings of 80 or higher and that doesn’t include Matthews.

2. What’s the situation in goal? If Copenhagen is in win-now mode, this position might be a concern. Roberto Luongo is 38 now and has shown significant signs of slowing down. The goalies of the future are Andres De La Garma and Petr Mrazek. If the Danes break out of the gates in a sprint and are near the top of the conference, it might be a different story, but the Tridents can probably afford to get their young goalies some experience points.

3. Who will the spotlight shine on most? Copenhagen is pretty balanced all up and down its lineup. The problem might be that it doesn’t have a knockout top line. On defense, Dougie Hamilton and Slava Voynov will be a very capable and dangerous pairing. But they will need the forward lines to motor the puck up ice and keep pressure in the opposing end. Devin Setoguchi might be the pivotal guy this season for the Tridents. Johnny Gaudreau will be looking for friendly stick blades to send the puck to and Setoguchi is currently the right wing on the line with Gaudreau and Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky will do the digging and hitting, Gaudreau will get zone entries and set up plays, so it will be Setoguchi’s job to finish. After five seasons with the London Dons, Setoguchi got more ice time in Copenhagen in Season 6 and responded with 185 shots on goal and 26 tallies. Coach Dave Cameron will be hoping for even more from the 30-year-old. The coach would also love the second line of Alex Steen, Stephen Weiss and Marko Dano to present another legitimate threat to opponents.


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

Season 6            23             55            16.9       77.6    28.29     31.46     2.60      3.95    8.02

Season 5            20             63            12.7       80.5    29.33      29.51    2.80      3.76   9.88

Season 4            12              90           21.0       85.2     33.11       27.41   3.30      3.00     10.23

Season 3              2              111           22.4      83.3    32.24       28.66   3.95    2.99    9.90

Season 2              1              114           18.2      86.3      33.13       27.65    3.72    2.59   8.89

Season 1              4              108         19.9      86.3    32.10       29.05    3.66    2.76    9.57

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Roberto Luongo, G, current age 38. Games played: 354; Save Pct. 90.1

Season 2: Kevin Dallman, D, age 30. GP 398, Pts 194, +12

Season 3: Nikita Zadorov, D, age 21. GP 163, Pts 62, -24

Season 4: Nick Holden, D, age 29. GP 239, Points 76, -24

Season 5: Simon Hjalmarsson, C, age 24. GP 140, Pts 44, -6

Season 6: Johnny Gaudreau, LW, age 22. GP 82, Points 61, -57

Season 7: Auston Matthews, C, age 18.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Jimmy Howard) to Oslo for Round 5 pick (used to draft Andrew Ladd) and Round 7 pick (Alex Goligoski)

Traded Round 5 pick (Paul Stastny) and Round 12 pick (Marc Staal) to Helsinki for Round 4 pick (Stephen Weiss)

Traded Alexandre Burrows to Oslo for Round 8 pick (Andrej Meszaros) and Round 12 pick (Boyd Gordon)

Season 2

Traded Jonas Hiller and Darrell Powe to Stockholm for Mark Giordano and Matthieu Garon

Traded Andrew Ladd, Brandon Sutter and Kevin Dallman to Moscow for Alexander Ovechkin and Dave Bolland

Traded 2014 Round 1 pick (Jake Allen) to Dublin for Tomas Fleischmann

Season 3

Traded Dave Bolland and Dany Heatley to Munich for Brooks Laich and Tomas Zaborsky

Traded 2015 Round 2 pick (Julius Honka) to Minsk for Andres De La Garma

Traded Kevin Shattenkirk, Teddy Purcell and Carl Gunnarsson to London for Shea Weber

Season 4

Traded Roberto Luongo to Zurich for Brian Elliott

Traded Colin Greening to Stockholm for T.J. Brodie

Traded Mark Giodano, Nikita Zadorov, Charlie Coyle and 2016 Round 1 pick to Munich for Dion Phaneuf

Season 5

Traded 2016 Round 2 pick (Reto Suri) to Madrid for Andrew Cogliano

Traded 2016 Round 3 pick (Michael Keranen) to Zurich for Martin Thornberg

Traded Shea Weber to Lisbon for Dougie Hamilton, Gareth Roberts and 2016 Round 1 pick (Morten Madsen)

Traded Andrej Meszaros to Madrid for Marko Dano and 2017 Round 2 pick (Ilya Samsonov)

Traded Dion Phaneuf to Berlin for Slava Voynov, Martin Erat and 2017 Round 3 pick (Linden Vey)

Traded Alexander Ovechkin to Belfast for Joe Pavelski, Jonathan Drouin and 2016 Round 1 pick (Ville Vahalahti)

Traded Martin Thornberg to Edinburgh for 2018 Round 2 pick (later traded to Paris- Radek Faksa)

Traded Matt Frattin and 2016 Round 1 pick (Morten Madsen) to Bratislava for 2017 Round 1 pick (Simon Hjalmarsson)

Traded Alex Goligoski to Athens for Brooks Orpik, Bryan Bickel and 2017 Round 1 pick (Ivan Provorov)

Traded Brian Elliott to Dublin for Tim Thomas and 2017 Round 1 pick  (Noah Hanifin)

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

After the start of Season 5       

Traded Brooks Laich, Andrew Cogliano and Nick Holden to Madrid for Brian Campbell and 2017 Round 1 pick (Jean-Gabriel Pageau)

Traded Thomas Greiss to Bern for 2018 Round 3 pick (later traded to Lisbon – Max Jones)

Lost Bryan Bickell (waivers)

Traded Brian Campbell and 2018 Round 3 pick (Phil Di Giuseppe) to Milan for Jonathan Blum

Claimed Benoit Pouliot (waivers)

Claimed Clarke MacArthur (waivers)

Traded Angelo Nigro (formerly Chris Legge) to Gothenburg for 2019 Round 3 pick

Claimed Chris Kunitz (waivers)

Claimed Steve Ott (waivers)

Traded Nathan Gerbe and 2017 Round 2 pick (Ilya Samsonov) to Paris for Andre Burakovsky

Traded T.J. Brodie and Gareth Roberts to Munich for David Bolland and 2017 Round 2 pick (Petr Mrazek)

Traded Clarke MacArthur to Lisbon for Jacob De La Rose

Season 6

Traded 2017 Round 1 pick (Ivan Provorov) to Paris for Jared McCann

Traded Joe Pavelski and 2018 Round 3 pick (Bern’s originally – Max Jones) to Lisbon for Kyle Brodziak and 2018 Round 1 pick (Jaccob Slavin)

Traded Steve Chalmers, 2017 Round 2 pick (Daniel Sprong) and 2017 Round 3 pick (Linden Vey) to Stockholm for Jeff Carter

Traded Dave Bolland, Martin Erat, Benoit Pouliot and 2018 Round 2 pick (originally Edinburgh’s – Radek Faksa) to Paris for 2018 Round 1 pick (Jake McCabe), Craig Paquette, Jordan Caron and Colton Gillies.

Traded Dennis Rasmussen to Belfast for Mathieu Perreault

After Season 6 started: Traded Nathan Gerbe and Colin Greening to Madrid for Jonas Hiller, Lee Stempniak, Daniel Winnik and 2018 Madrid Round 1 pick (Michael McLeod).

Bought out Chris Kunitz and Daniel Winnik.

Lost Ben Smith (waivers)

Signed Damien Brunner (free agent)

Season 7

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

After season started: traded Ilya Nikulin and Lars Eller to Stockholm for Dalton Prout and Tomas Jurco; lost Damien Brunner (waivers)


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