Scouting Report – Eisbaeren Berlin vs Koelner Haie


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The contemporary powerhouse EISBAEREN BERLIN have won the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title the last two years in a row and, all told, have been crowned champion in the German top flight six of the past eight seasons. KOELNER HAIE, whose glory days coincided with a five-year stretch which saw the club capture four titles in the old West German Bundesliga during the mid-1980s, have not claimed a domestic championship since 2002 but will invade the O2 World Arena in Berlin as the current D.E.L. leaders this term. A battle of past and present titans, then, as the two clubs collide Friday in a contest that will mark the German debut of locked-out Philadelphia Flyers star players DANNY BRIERE and CLAUDE GIROUX.

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Despite being undrafted coming out of junior hockey, Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48) skated in 303 American Hockey League games (75 go, 173 pts) for the Providence Bruins, Peoria Rivermen and Lake Erie Monsters before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to sign with Eisbaeren Berlin in the summer of 2011; the 27-year-old left wing totaled 21 goals in all compeitions for Eisbaeren his first year in Germany.
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Eisbaeren Berlin surprisingly lost three of their first four games this 2012/13 D.E.L. season under veteran American trainer DON JACKSON, the former University of Notre Dame defenseman who won two Stanley Cups in the mid-1980s with Wayne Gretzky and the star-studded Edmonton Oilers. Since then, though, the capital city club have rebounded to win four of their last five contests, including the past three in a row. Eisbaeren have been missing several key injured players, last season’s leading scorer notwithstanding, it should be noted.

Perhaps most indicative of the absence of Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former high draft pick of the New York Rangers who led Eisbaeren Berlin with 30 goals in all competitions last term, is the fact that the leading goal-scorers for the capital city club this season so far in the European Trophy tournament as well as the Deutsche Eishockey League are both defensemen. American import JIMMY SHARROW has scored five goals in seven European Trophy contests this summer while Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER leads Jackson’s troops with four goals in nine D.E.L. games to start this campaign. The 27-year-old Hoerdler, a youth team product who has represented Deutschland at five major international tournaments in his career, currently has a three-game goal-scoring streak going for himself.

Surely, Briere and Giroux will be expected to add major firepower to Eisbaeren Berlin immediately, then.

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American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the 29-year-old, former University of Minnesota product and New Jersey Devils prospect who was second for titlist Eisbaeren Berlin having scored 29 goals in 73 games in all competitions last season, has found the back of the net just twice in 16 games in all competitions for the capital city club thus far this term.
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The most glaring weakness for Eisbaeren Berlin appears to be a lack of veteran presence on the blueline due to both injury and off-season losses. This has obviously placed additional strain on Germany national team goaltender ROB ZEPP, the 31-year-old veteran who currently has the highest goals-against-average (3.24) of all netminders in the D.E.L. who have played at least three games this season. In the meantime, youthful defenders such as San Jose Sharks draft pick DOMINIK BIELKE, MAXIMILIAN FABER, HENRY HAASE and THOMAS SUPIS are all gaining valueable experience along the way.

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CHRIS SIMARD, KOELNER HAIE
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KOELNER HAIE, meanwhile, have lost just once in nine games to open this 2012/13 campaign under former Germany national team trainer UWE KRUPP. A high-octane attack which has scored 31 goals (2nd most in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga) and a stingy defense have been the hallmarks of a new-look side that made several key acquisitions in the off-season summer. Koelner Haie, of course, finished ninth in the regular season standings and were swept four games to none by Eisbaeren Berlin in the first round of the D.E.L. playoffs last season.

The biggiest addition has been that of in-form Canadian legionnaire CHRIS SIMARD, the 30-year-old native of Owen Sound, Ontario, who arrived in the summer from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins; Simard, who skated 40 NHL games (2 go, 6 pts) in parts of three seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers, is leading the entire D.E.L. with eight goals from his first nine contests in Germany and is also tied for second with 11 points, as well.

Another important transfer for Krupp’s team is proving to have been that of veteran defenseman ALES KRANJIC from HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic as the 31-year-old Slovenia international defenseman is currently second on Koelner Haie with four goals in the D.E.L. this term. A pair of veteran Sweden international defensemen signed in the summer from IF Djurgarden Stockholm, ANDREAS HOLMQVIST and DANIEL TJARNQVIST, have also certainly helped to fortify the blue line and allow for success. Holmqvist is tied with Kranjic for second among all Koelner Haie players having totaled eight points in the D.E.L. thus far this season.

The 35-year-old Tjarnqvist earned an Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and has appeared in 352 NHL contests (18 go, 90 pts) for the Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers in his career.

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Koelner Haie goaltender DANNY AUS DEN BIRKEN is ranked second among all netminders with at least three outings in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season with both a 1.61 goals-against-average as well as a .948 save percentage … Germany Olympic center T.J. MULOCK (15), the 27-year-old native of British Columiba who began his professional career with the third division Ratinger Ice Aliens, leads Eisbaeren Berlin and is tied for second in all the D.E.L. with 11 points (three goals) in nine D.E.L. games.

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