Season 8 profile: Paris Rouge Eiffels

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Owner: Sophia Rousseau, CEO, ELITE Models (Top Model agency in Paris)

Farm Club: Paris Francais Volants Paris Francais Volants

GM: Ralph Booth (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Michel Therrien (replaced Randy Cunneyworth after Season 2)

Last season: 5th overall  (In playoffs, lost to Athens)

Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8)

Out: David Perron (free agent), David Bolland (free agent), Benoit Pouliot (free agent), Ossi Vaananen (free agent), Damien Brunner (free agent), Lauir Korpikoski (free agent), Sergei Zinovjev (free agent),  Matt Frattin (free agent),

In: Erik Condra (waivers), Mark Arcobello (free agent), Brian Flynn  (free agent), Giulio Scandella (free agent), Brendan Gaunce (free agent), Aaron Dell (draft), Pavel Buchnevich (draft), Jonah Gadjovich (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 8)

Alex Pietrangelo, D; Kris Letang, D; Travis Hamonic, D; Evgeny Malkin, C; Corey Perry, RW;  Tuukka Rask, G3qs

 
Three Questions

1. Fifth place isn’t so bad, is it? For 99.9 percent of the population, fifth place overall in a 24-team league is something to boast about, but for Paris fans, it was reason to fire their souffles against the wall in anger. To say the team is used to the top of the standings is an understatement. Season 7 marked the sixth straight season the team placed in the top 5 of the league and once, they won the Cup. But out of those six super seasons, Season 7 was definitely the least satisfying. The Eiffels were in the top 4 in the five previous seasons and in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Coach Michel Therrien’s boys had a 3-2 series lead over Athens but dropped the next two games by a goal each and suddenly … poof! … the season was over. Andrew Ladd will forever be asked to leave whenever he visits Paris because he converted a nice Anze Kopitar pass into the game-winning goal late in Game 7 of the series, just as Paris fans were celebrating a Corey Perry goal that tied the contest. Can Paris scrape their way back to the top of the Southern Conference heap? Definitely. The main pieces of the roster are in place still, although there are a lot of players 30 or older now. Paris’ knowlegdeable fans will have to sneak glances at the game programs this season because  alot of familiar faces – 8 of them in fact – had to be let go due to cap finances. Left wing might be a concern for Therrien. Joffrey Lupul, 35, and Alexander Semin, 34, will have to reinvent their games a bit in order to keep producing the way they have been in Paris.

2. Is their defense weaker than it has been? Yes, a little, but General Manager Ralph Booth managed to keep four excellent blueliners on the team and they will be on the ice about 75 percent of the time, on average. Booth can’t afford to have Jason Krog and Ossi Vaananen as the fifth and sixth defensemen any more, so cheaper replacements will be there and goalie Tuukka Rask will have to sharpen his attention this year. But the top four are all in their prime and capable of dictating play together. Alex Pietrangelo won Best Defenseman trophy number 2 last season and he has scored over 60 points in each of the last four seasons while excelling in takeaways, hits and plus/minus rating. His D partner Kris Letang was third among EURO defensemen in scoring and first in assists last year. Ken Kuusk and Travis Hamonic couldn’t get past Pietrangelo and Letang on the depth chart, but they both managed more than 40 points and 80 blocked shots. Kuusk is only 24 and may wear the C on his sweater for some of the season. His shot from the point was good enough last year to find the back of the net 17 times. Rookie Ivan Provorov will be given a chance to play this season and management sees him as someone who can complement Kuusk and perpetuate the Eiffels’ tradition of having great defensemen.

3. Will that Damn Malkin continue to dominate? Paris does not have the frightening forward depth it once did. The salary cap has eroded the talent up front. Eiffels Coach Therrien will use a good checking line led by Mike Richards to neutralize other teams’ more offensive lines, and the top line of Evgeny Malkin, Corey Perry and Joffrey Lupul will again be one of the most productive lines in hockey. Malkin might be the best forward in the league at protecting the puck and then doing something creative and productive with it. His worst season ever in the league was 96 points and he has five 100-plus seasons. That 96-point year was last year, and he is 32 years old now, but another 100-point season is definitely attainable. About 25 to 30 of his points will be assists on Corey Perry goals. The veteran right wing is 33 and also coming off his lowest-scoring season, but Malkin, Perry and Lupul are proud and determined men who won’t admit their skills are waning, especially when they remember that Lupul was able to crank up his game at age 33 to produce 82 points and his best-ever year. The checking line will do its job and the Malkin line will score points. The key to the season might lie in the play of the other two lines. Kyle Turris and Alex Semin are still there and they will be teamed with newcomer Giulio Scandella to present opponents with a trio of solid two-way forwards. The other line looks to consist of Mark Arcobello, Jack Callow and Siim Liivik. They have never played with each other before, and Paris will need them to get their act together quickly and stay solid.

History

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

Season 7               5                 108         18.5       85.9        32.55       28.16      3.93     2.89     12.39

Season 6              2                  123         21.4       81.3       33.12        27.17      4.15     2.67       11.24

Season 5              4                  111           21.3       85.6      34.59     27.26    4.10    2.88             10.93

Season 4              2                  113         21.3       81.1       34.10      29.32    4.16     3.07             12.23

Season 3              1                   116          18.0       84.5       33.88     27.52    4.09     2.93               13.85

Season 2              3 (Cup)       104         20.6       81.5      31.40     31.22     3.67        3.34                12.57

Season 1              19                  72         22.8        79.8        27.65     33.06    3.07        3.68                9.09

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Alex Pietrangelo, D, current age 28. Games played: 563; points: 420; +196

Season 2: Ken Kuusk, D, age 24. GP 437, Pts 182, +104

Season 3: Viktor Fasth, G, age 35. GP 89, Save Pct. 88.8

Season 4: Philipp Grubauer, G, age 26.  GP 57,  Save Pct. 88.7

Season 5: Brandon Halverson, G, age 21.

Season 6: Ivan Provorov, D, age 20.

Season 7: Radek Faksa, LW, age 22. GP 78, Points 14, -8

Season 8: Aaron Dell, G, age 27.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Dustin Byfuglien), Round 20 pick (Jonathan Bernier), and Round 26 pick (Jeff Woywitka)to Milan for Round 6 pick (used to draft David Perron), Round 21 pick (Mike Green) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Ossi Vaananen)

Traded Round 7 pick (Dennis Wideman) to Geneva for Round 15 pick (Ryan Ellis),  Round 25 pick (Ben Lovejoy) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Jason Krog)

Traded Adrian Aucoin to Bern for Round 13 pick (Dmitri Orlov), Round 19 pick (Carlo Colaiacovo) and 2014 Round 1 pick (traded later) (Jake Muzzin)

Season 2

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

Traded Dmitri Orlov and 2014 Round 1 pick (Jake Muzzin) to Stockholm for Travis Hamonic

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

Traded Jaden Schwartz and 2014 Round 1 pick (Peter Mueller) to Stockholm for Miko Koivu

Traded Philip Larsen to Bratislava for Lee Stempniak and 2014 Round 3 pick (Steve Oleksy)

Season 3

Traded Mike Green to Stockholm for Jordan Caron

Season 4

Traded Viktor Fasth to Stockholm for 2018 Round 3 pick (Nick Merkley)

Season 5   

After start of Season 5

Claimed Mike Ribeiro (waivers)

Claimed Nick Palmieri (waivers)

Claimed Jordan Caron (waivers)

Traded Andre Burakovsky to Copenhagen for Nathan Gerbe and 2017 Round 2 pick (Madrid’s) (Ilya Samsonov)

Season 6

Traded Jared McCann to Copenhagen for 2017 Round 1 pick (Athens’) (Ivan Provorov)

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

Traded 2018 Round 1 pick (Jake McCabe), Craig Paquette, Jordan Caron and Colton Gillies to Copenhagen for Dave Bolland, Benoit Pouliot, Martin Erat and 2018 Round 2 pick (Radek Faksa)

After Season 6 started:

Signed Sergei Zinovjev (free agent), Lauri Korpikoski (free agent), Ryan Clowe (free agent), Michael Ryder (free agent), Alex Tanguay (free agent); claimed Steve Olesky (waivers); claimed Colton Gillies (waivers) then lost Gillies (waivers); lost Nathan Gerbe (waivers)

Season 7

After season started: Signed Tom Wandell (free agent), signed Matt Frattin (free agent), claimed Damien Brunner (waivers); lost Radek Faksa (waivers)

Season 8

 

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