Season 8 profile: Stockholm Eagles

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Farm Club: Stockhom Sun Towers

GM: Michael Sauer (third GM in team’s history)

Coach: Mike Johnston (replaced Bob Hartley after Season 4)(Hartley replaced Claude Noel after Season 3)

Last season: 14th overall, In playoffs, lost to Belfast

Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8)

Out: David Krejci (free agent), Ilya Nikulin (trade), Lars Eller (free agent), Luke Adam (free agent), Charlie Coyle (free agent)

In: Joe Pavelski (free agent), Joakim Hillding (trade), Brady Skjei (draft), Aleksi Heponiemi (draft), Carter Hart (draft)

In Place

(Key players signed past Season 8)

Jack Eichel, C; Ryan Johansen, RW; Braden Holtby, G; Zach Bogosian, D; Olli Maatta, D

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Three Questions

1. Stockholm dipped in the standings; did their team stats also fall? If you look at the team statistics and compare them to Stockholm’s Season 6 statistics, you will think you are seeing double. They were almost identical in goals and goals against, shot and shots against, and special teams. Actually, if you look closer, the Eagles actually improved a fraction in every single category. Still, the 14th overall finish was a five-place drop from the previous season. It must be that the competition around the Eagles in the standings was just a little better last season than it was the year before. The only significant difference in team stats was in penalty minutes, where the team took roughly one less penalty per game than it did the previous season. Could that somehow impact the team’s success? It bears observation. Perhaps the team needs to get grittier. Zach Bogosian has been shouldering much of the hitting and enforcement load for Stockholm and Brendan Gallagher does a great job of distracting opponents, but the team might need to dish out a little more physicality to give their puckhandlers more time and space.

2. What does Stockholm have going for them? The Eagles have many good parts, including a few players that will be dominant skaters in the future, but the Stockholm goalie is elite and the defense corps is superb. Braden Holtby has had five seasons with save percentages of 90.3 or higher and that important statistic has been trending upward. The 28-year-old Holtby was the first overall draft pick in Season 3 and Stockholm has him until he’s age 30. Between now and then, and afterward if they can re-sign him as a Type 3 player, Holtby will have some very good help in front of him. Zach Bogosian has the tools to be one of the best defensemen in the league. For you Websim fans, note that his worst individual attribute is 81 in Finesse. That’s his worst. Why Bogosian was a minus 26 last season is one of the great mysteries of Sweden, along with “The Mind’s Eye” by Håkan Nesser. Bogosian is good for 90 blocked shots and 210 hits per season. Veteran Keith Yandle, Cam Fowler, Olli Maatta and young Swede John Klingberg all have superior offensive skills and they can really skate, so that gives Stockholm five top-notch defensemen. The sixth spot came down to a coin flip between two unproven Americans – Brady Skjei and Ryan Gunderson. Of the two, Skjei is more physical, while Gunderson skates much faster. Because Klingberg and Yandle aren’t very good at the grittier part of the game, Skjei was the best chioce. Initial reports out of Sweden have Skjei paired with Maatta, who is also penciled in as an assistant captain on the team. If Coach Mike Johnston can find the optimal playing style for the defense corps, look for goals against to go down and wins to go up.

3. How strong are the forwards? The addition of Joe Pavelski as free agent is what everyone in Stockholm will be pointing to as the key to improvement. With the right linemates, Pavelski could lift the team at the right times. But Pavelski is 34 now and those hoping he will return to the form he had when he played in Madrid will probably be disappointed. He was younger than 30 when he played for the Royals. But in Stockholm, Pavelski could be asked to play top line minutes and those close to him say that’s the chance he has been hoping for since being relegated to second-line duty in stops with Belfast and Lisbon. He remains in top shape, and he should have no trouble skating 24 minutes per game. Bobby Ryan and Mats Zuccarello both have the playmaking ability to play the left wing and give Pavelski scoring chances. On the right side, Coach Mike Johnston will pick either Brendan Gallagher, the speedy pest who can dig for pucks and distract goalies, or steady and relentless Bryan Little. Either way, the Eagles have the makings of a dangerous line. Eric Staal is penciled in as the center on a line with whoever doesn’t gel with Pavelski, to form a line that will surely be packed with finesse and puck-moving skill. The future marquee player on the team, Jack Eichel, scored 48 points last season and he seems destined to double that total at some point in his career. For the time being, Stockholm will rely on him to play the role of the responsible third-line center. The team will have a decent checking line featuring Curtis Lazar centering either Adam Lowry or Michael Bournival on one wing, and either Ryan Johansen or Joakim Hillding on the other.

History

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

Season 7               14            86           17.8     82.5       29.89        31.24      3.10       3.00     8.73

Season 6               8              93            17.6    81.8       29.88        31.88      3.04       3.09     10.46

Season 5              19               74          15.0     75.6       28.6          32.28     2.82       3.59     10.27

Season 4              15              82           16.9     79.1       26.33         32.91     3.04        3.26    10.00

Season 3              24              57           14.5      77.8      25.77         32.01     2.65         3.76    11.02

Season 2              24              49           12.7      80.0      25.37         34.78     2.33        3.93    11.18

Season 1              11              93           21.5      80.4      32.61         30.01     3.48        3.28     9.01

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Cam Ward, G, current age 34. Games played: 446; Save Pct: 89.5

Season 2: Mattias Sjogren, LW, age 25. GP 407, Pts. 96, -12

Season 3: Brendan Gallagher, RW, age 25. GP 395, Pts. 259, -75

Season 4: Olli Maatta, D, age 23. GP 313, Pts. 96, +30

Season 5: Jindrich Barak, D, age 22.

Season 6: John Klingberg, D, 24.  GP 154, Points 73, +10

Season 7: Louis Domingue, G, age 24. GP 15, Save Pct. 88.5

Season 8: Brady Skjei, D, age 22.

Trade History

Seasons 2 and 3

Traded Keaton Ellerby to London for 2014 Round 3 pick (Curtis Lazar)

Traded Ryan Ellis to Gothenburg for Zach Boychuk

Traded Gothenburg’s 2015 Round 2 pick (David Savard?) to St. Petersburg for Kevin Bieksa

Traded Mikko Lehtonen and Gothenburg’s 2014 Round 1  pick (Jonathan Drouin) to Belfast for Rick Nash

Traded Jaden Schwartz to Milan for Mike Richards and 2015 Round 2 pick (later traded)

Traded Kyle Okposo and 2014 Round 1 pick (gotten back later in a trade) (used to pick Brendan Gallagher) to Milan for Dustin Brown and 2014 Round 2 pick (Marcus Foligno)

Traded Cam Ward to Athens for Miikka Kiprusoff and Michal Neuvirth

Traded Josef Vasicek to Paris for Derek Brassard, Ryan Ellis and T.J. Brodie

Traded Miko Koivu to Paris for Jaden Schwartz and Stockholm’s previously traded away 2014 Round 1 pick (Brendan Gallagher)

Traded Loui Eriksson to Berlin for Mikko Lehtonen and 2014 Round 1 pick (Madrid’s) (Sean Monahan)

Traded Mark Fayne and 2014 Round 3 pick (Guillaume Latendresse) to Oslo for Mark Giordano

Traded Ryan Clowe to Paris for 2014 Round 3 pick (Thomas Hickey)

Traded Mark Giordano and Matthieu Garon to Copenhagen for Jonas Hiller and Darroll Powe

Traded Eric Staal to Gothenburg for Sam Gagner, 2014 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Jonathan Drouin) and 2015 Round 2 pick (later traded, Josh Ho-Sang)

Traded Travis Hamonic to Paris for Dmitri Orlov and 2014 Round 1 pick (Bern’s) (Jake Muzzin)

Traded Thomas Hickey to Milan for Magnus Johansson

Traded Rick Nash and 2015 Round 2 pick (Milan’s) (Jake Virtanen) to Madrid  Jeff Carter, Ryan Johansen and 2015 Round 1 pick (later traded) (Tomas Hertl)

Traded Dustin Brown to Moscow for Marcus Johansson and James Van Riemsdyk

Traded Magnus Johansson to Munich for Anton Babchuk

Traded Sam Gagner, Michal Neuvirth and 2015 Round 1 pick (Madrid’s) (later traded) (Tomas Hertl) to London for Braden Holtby

Traded Jordan Caron to Paris for Mike Green

Not sure of the exact trades but traded away Kyle Okposo, Mikko Lehtonen, Jaden Schwartz and 3 draft picks and received Rick Nash, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and Kevin Bieksa in return.

Season 4

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

Traded Shane Doan, Anton Babchuk and Corey Potter to Bern for Mike Cammalleri and Dalton Prout

Traded 2017 Round 3 pick to Minsk for 2015 Round 2 pick (?)

Traded 2018 Round 3 pick to Paris for Viktor Fasth

Traded T.J. Brodie to Copenhagen for Colin Greening

Traded Jonas Hiller to Madrid for Tomas Vokoun and 2015 Round 2 pick (Nikita Scherbak)

Season 5

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

Traded Dmitri Orlov and Jake Muzzin to London for Zach Bogosian

Traded Nikita Scherbak to Helsinki for 2016 Round 2 pick (Connor Bleackley) and 2016 Round 3 pick (Oslo’s) (Ryan Gunderson).

Season 6

Traded Karl Alzner to Bratislava for Luke Adam

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

Traded Mike Richards to Paris for Mikko Koivu, 2017 Round 2 pick (Mirco Mueller) and 2017 Round 3 pick (Vladislav Namestnikov)

Traded 2019 Round 2 pick to Berlin for Erik Ersberg

Traded Pavel Datsyuk to Helsinki for 2017 Round 3 pick (Johan Larsson)

Traded Marcus Foligno to Lisbon for Adam Lowry

Traded Mikko Koivu to Gothenburg for Eric Staal

Traded Sean Monahan,  Craig Smith, Jindrich Barak, Cody Ceci and 2018 Round 1 pick (Alexander Nylander) to Munich for Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle and 2018 Round 2 pick (Sam Steel)

After Season 6 started:

Traded Marcus Johansson to Prague for Bryan Little

Traded Simon Despres to Bratislava for Mark Pysyk

Traded J.T. Miller and Connor Bleakley to Prague for Tomas Jurco

Season 7 

Traded Jeff Carter and 2020 Round 1 pick to Berlin for David Krejci and 2020 Round 2 pick

Traded Mattias Sjogren to St. Petersburg for Mats Zuccarello and 2018 Round 2 pick (Louis Domingue)

after season started: Traded Tomas Jurco and Dalton Prout to Copenhagen for Ilya Nikulin and Lars Eller; lost Riley Nash (waivers).

*I will try to fill in all the season 2 trades I lost track of before.

Season 8

Traded Ilya Nikulin to St. Petersburg for Joakim Hillding

Traded 2020 Round 3 pick to Milan for 2019 Round 3 pick (Carter Hart)

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