Season 7 Profile: Dublin Fighting Irish


GM: Gayle Rock  (Fourth GM in team’s history)

Coach: Paul MacLean (replaced Dave Tippett after Season 4) (Tippett replaced Alain Vigneault after Season 3)

Last season: 18th overall, (In playoffs, lost to Minsk)

Ins and Outs (Season 6 to Season 7)

Out: Alexander Ovechkin (trade), Ryan Kesler (trade), Zack Kassian (waivers), Mason Raymond (free agent), Tom Wandell (free agent)

In: Vladimir Sobotka (free agent); Cam Talbot (trade), Dylan Strome (trade), Teuvo Teravainen (trade), Leon Draisaitl (trade), Emerson Etem (trade), Magnus Paajarvi (trade), Matt Martin (trade, but then lost on waivers), Pierre-Luc Dubois (draft), Julien Gauthier (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 7)

Hampus Lindholm, D; Jakub Silfverburg, RW; Brian Elliott, G; James Van Riemsdyk, LW; Ryan Murray, D




Three Questions

1. What was that off-season like? General Manager Gayle Rock had an interesting off-season. It started in free agency, when Phil Kessel re-upped for another year at $6.5 million. Guess he didn’t mind having Ryan Kesler and Alex Ovechkin as his linemates. Oops, the GM shook things up in a big way, trading Kesler and Ovechkin for five young forwards and a first-round pick. Now Kessel is playing with Cody Hodgson and James Van Riemsdyk on the top line of a team that seems to be shifting gears from present to future. Kessel will be a key player in Dublin this season. He has scored 40 or more goals twice in his career, 90 or more points three times, with a best season of 107 points and he’s at his prime age of 30 years. He possesses world-class wheels and puck skills, but the defensive part of his game is almost completely absent.

2. What’s the goalie situation? Goalie Brian Elliott, Dublin’s starter for the last two seasons, was convinced by Rock to sign with the team for at least three more seasons at $4.4 million per season. The 32-year-old goalie who has a lifetime save percentage of 89 percent with three teams had been used to playing about 60 games per season, but last year, he saw his workload reduced to 47 games. Behind Elliott, it’s crowded. Experienced backup Jonathan Bernier, 29, Jake Allen, 26, and newly-acquired Cam Talbot, 29, are the other goalies on the roster. Dublin is nearly $2 million above the salary cap and Bernier, who makes less than Allen and Talbot, started the season on the pro team with Elliott.

3. How much will the trades of Kesler and Ovechkin deplete the team? Not that much really. Aside from leaving a leadership void, the Fighting Irish got enough back to stock the shelves for the future and still have a balanced, competent roster of players today. If you look at OV numbers, the defense has no one under 75 and all but one forward are above that threshold. Phil Kessel and Brian Elliott are the two biggest stars, but aside from them, everyone on the team is at about the same level. Almost all of the defensemen are excellent passers, which should boost the scoring numbers for the team, but keep an eye on James Wisniewski. He is relatively fragile and it is expected he will miss some games due to injury. Leadership could be an area of concern for the Irish with Kesler and Ovechkin gone. Alain Vigneault named Kessel captain and his assistants are Wisniewski and newly-acquired Emerson Etem.


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

Season 6              18             77              17.0      79.6       29.94     30.21      3.11    3.59    8.06

Season 5              13             85              16.8       84.9      28.37     32.17      3.07    3.12      8.13

Season 4             20             71              20.9       81.3      29.43     33.35      2.88     3.73     10.15

Season 3              7              99              17.4       84.6       29.83     31.34     3.66      3.18     9.35

Season 2              7              98              19.5        84.9       31.22    30.45     3.56     3.11      9.98

Season 1              13             90            17.9        81.3      31.07     30.33      3.39    3.30     8.95

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Alexander Ovechkin, LW, current age 32. Games played: 478; Points 449; -51

Season 2: Olexander Pobyedonostsev, D, age 31; GP 379; Pts 110; -89

Season 3: Jake Allen, G, age 26

Season 4: Brendan Perlini, LW, age 21

Season 5: Nardo Nagtzaam, C, age 23. GP 82; Points 2; -8

Season 6: Jori Lehtera, C, age 28. GP 44; Points 15; +2

Season 7: Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/W, age 18.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 7 pick (used to draft Chris Kunitz) , Round 22 pick  (Bryan Allen) and $250,000 to Geneva for Round 8 pick (Olli Jokinen), Round 10 pick (Petr Sykora) and 2013 Round 2 (Ryan Murray)

Traded Round 9 pick (Joe Corvo) and Round 11 pick (Milan Hejduk), Round 13 pick (Josh Bailey) and $10,000 to Munich for Round 8 pick (Tomas Fleischmann), Round 10 pick (James Wisniewski) and Round 16 pick (Nikita Nikitin)

Traded Alexander Ovechkin and 2014 Round 1 pick (Darrell Nurse) to Moscow for Phil Kessel and Bobby Ryan

Traded Scott Hartnell, Tim Gleason, 2013 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Nail Yakupov), 2015 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Matt Nieto) and $5 million to Athens for Evander Kane and Alexander Sulzer

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

Traded Boone Jenner to Helsinki for Jakub Silfverberg and 2013 Round 2 pick (Olexander Podbyedonostsev)

Season 2 

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

Season 4

Traded Bobby Ryan to Stockholm for Jakub Petruzalek and James Van Riemsdyk

Season 5

Traded 2017 Round 2 pick (Pavel Zacha) to Minsk for Renat Mamashev

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

Season 6

Traded Evander Kane and Nardo Nagtzaam to Belfast for Alexander Ovechkin and Cody Hodgson

After Season 6 started:  Traded 2018 Round 2 pick to Lisbon for Clarke MacArthur;

Claimed Colton Gillies (waivers), Mattias Tedenby (waivers)

Lost Jori Lehtera (waivers)

Claimed Brian Campbell on waiver and then lost him on waivers

Season 7

Traded 2019 Round 2 pick to Belfast for Cam Talbot

Traded Brendan Perlini to Lisbon for Matt Martin

Traded Alexander Ovechkin and a 2020 Round 3 pick to Bratislava for Dylan Strome, Teuvo Teravainen, Leon Draisaitl and a 2020 Round 1 pick

Traded Ryan Kesler to Lisbon for Magnus Paajarvi and Emerson Etem

After season started: Signed Troy Brouwer (free agent) but lost Brouwer (waivers), signed Carlo Colaiacovo (free agent)


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