Season 8 profile: Geneva Generals

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Farm Club: Luxembourg Castles Luxembourg

GM: Andy Rolling  (4th GM in team’s history)

Coach: Brent Sutter (replaced Guy Boucher after Season 6, who replaced Darryl Sutter before Season 6, who replaced Joel Quenneville after Season 3)

Last season: 19th overall, out of the playoffs

Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8)

Out: Dustin Byfuglien (free agent), Sergei Kostitsyn (free agent), Marian Gaborik (free agent), David Desharnais (free agent), Darren Helm (free agent), James Reimer (free agent), Carl Gunnarsson (free agent), Lee Stempniak (free agent), Andrej Sekera (free agent), Karel Rachunek (free agent)

In: David Perron (free agent), Dan Girardi (free agent), Drew Stafford (free agent), Patrick Wiercioch (free agent), Janne Niskala, (free agent), Alexei Kalyuzhny (free agent),  Connor Brown (draft), Troy Stecher (draft), Tyler Pitlick (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 8)

Frederik Andersen, G; Nazem Kadri, C: David Perron, RW; Colton Parayko, D; Dylan Larkin, LW

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Three Questions

1. Will fans need a program to ID the players? Yes, fans will need to spend $1 for a program until they get used to the new Geneva Generals. Maybe they can make up that money in a 50-50 raffle. Whether it was the cap/economic crisis in the league or just a general (pardon the pun) makeover of the team, Geneva fans saw 10 men leave last year’s squad as free agents and all 10 played a lot of games in the red, black and gold in Season 7. James Reimer was the backup goalie and Karel Rachunek the seventh defensemen, but the other 8 were regulars. Through free agency and the draft, all their spots are occupied by new faces this seasons. Those new players are all established EURO veterans except for Connor Brown, who was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, and that means the team will have a new feel and identity to it. Coach Brent Sutter will do his best to find chemistry among players sooner rather than later. Geneva has a good balance of young and old throughout the roster.

2. What will the defense corps look like? It’s unusual to see five-sixths of team’s defense corps leave to free agency in one season, but that is what Geneva faced once Season 7 ended. They were able to coax Dennis Wideman and Jason Garrison back to the team later in free agency, but for a while, only Colton Parayko was back from last year’s defense corps. The Generals have five good young defensemen in the organization in Parayko, Branden Carlo, Ben Hutton, Troy Stecher and Christian Marti, but the latter four aren’t ripe yet, so they will spend the near-future in Luxembourg with the Castles. The defense corps looks much different this season. Patrick Wiercioch, Dan Girardi and Janne Niska came to Switzerland from Bratislava, Gothenberg and Minsk and they join Colton Parayko in the top 4 to give the team a defense-first, very mobile crew who will be good at getting to rebounds that come off of goalies Frederik Andersen and new backup Michael Hutchinson. Every blueliner will score between 20 and 40, maybe 50, points this season with Wiercioch and Wideman getting extra powerplay time. But Wiercioch will miss some minutes most games … by design. He and Nick Foligno will do the policeman job in Geneva this year, pushing back when opposing thugs try to take liberties with the Generals, who by and large play by the book and stay out of the penalty box.

3. Where could they use help most? Coach Sutter must not have spent too much of his practice time on special teams because both his powerplay and shorthanded units experienced noticeable drops in efficiency last season. Some of the new blood might change that. Expect David Perron to be a target man on the first PP unit with Wiercioch firing a powerful point shot when he gets the chance. It will fall upon Nazem Kadri to do the dishing of passes on that first unit. Newcomer Drew Stafford, who put together a nice career with the Zurich Lions, will be a key member of the second PP unit. The more defense-focused defensemen on the team now should help the penalty killing and newcomer Alexei Kalyuzhny will bring his experience and faceoff-taking prowess to help both the PP and penalty killing efforts. He is also assistant captain this year, with Stafford, while Girardi wears the C.

History

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

Season 7               19           70           15.6           78.3      27.17     31.44      2.90    3.61   8.06

Season 6               17            77           17.5          83.8       27.05     32.67     2.61   3.02    6.61

Season 5               18             80           15.0          85.1        27.22     32.49    2.85   3.28    6.67

Season 4              18             80            15.5          83.4       26.29    32.51   2.72     3.28     9.46

Season 3              17             82             17.1         83.8       29.01    30.28    3.15    3.38     8.83

Season 2              10            96              18.9         82.8       31.94    29.30   3.39    2.99    10.68

Season 1              1               123              21.4        83.6        32.16    27.72    3.99    2.77    8.85

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Kari Lehtonen, G, current age 35. Games played: 392; Save Pct. 89.7

Season 2: none

Season 3: none

Season 4: Frederik Andersen, G, age 28. GP: 217; save pct. 90.7

Season 5: Sergei Mozyakin, C, age 25. GP 237; Pts 143; +35

Season 6: Victor Rask, C, age 23. GP 14; Pts 10; +7

Season 7: Colton Parayko, D, age 23. GP 82, Pts 19, -7

Season 8: Connor Brown, RW, age 22.

Trade History

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

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

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

Traded Round 17 pick (Tomas Kopecky) and 2014 Round 1 pick (Michael Stone) to Bratislava for Round 8 pick (David Desharnais) and Round 19 pick (Greg Zanon)

Traded Round 13 pick (Marcus Kruger) and Round 14 pick (Mark Scheifele) to Athens for Round 9 pick (Nick Foligno)

Traded Alex Chiasson to Minsk for Vernon Fiddler and $1 million

Traded Brian Dumoulin to Minsk for Round 21 pick (Raffi Torres)

Traded Matt D’Agostino, 2014 Round 2 pick (Andrei Loktionov) and $250,000 to Oslo for Justin Williams

Traded 2013 Round 3 pick (Scott Glennie), 2014 Round 3 pick (Tommy Wingels) and $1.5 million to Bern for Nicklas Backstrom (goalie)

Season 2 

Traded Justin Williams, Ryan Malone and Jeff Woywitka to Prague for Thomas Vanek and Mike Weaver

* seem to missing one trade in this period

Season 3

Traded Michael Del Zotto to Minsk for Valeri Nichushkin, Ilya Nikulin and Sergei Kostitsyn

Season 4

Traded Kari Lehtonen to Edinburgh for Ondrej Pavelec, 2016 Round 1 pick (later traded to Bratislava – Morten Madsen) and 2017 Round 2 pick (Michael Hutchinson)

Season 5

Traded Chris Kunitz and 2016 Round 1 pick (Morten Madsen) to Bratislava for 2016 Round 1 pick (Bud Holloway)

Season 6

After Season 6 started: Traded Sergei Mozyakin to Belfast for Nazem Kadri, Vladislav Kamenev and 2020 Round 1 pick

Signed Chris Butler (free agent)

Season 7

After season started: signed James Reimer (free agent), Andrej Sekera (free agent)

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