EHC Red Bull Munich
Despite a large personnel budget, Munich did not have any financial bottlenecks in the summer and autumn and was the only DEL club not to use the state corona aid. Don Jackson’s team got into the preparation early, has played a series of (17) test matches since the beginning of September and is therefore well-rehearsed and in rhythm.
The core of the EHC’s cadre has remained together. The only well-known finish is Mads Christensen, who celebrated three championships with Munich. After only 18 appearances last season, the mentality player is more likely to be missed next to the ice. NHL star Dominik Kahun will also no longer be available to the EHC. Leon Draisaitl’s new teammate will be traveling to Canada in the next few days. Kahun had strengthened his old Munich club on loan during the test tournament in Mannheim before the start of the season in the German Ice Hockey League and is now returning to the Edmonton Oilers.
The previous year’s first of the canceled main round also goes into the 2020/21 season as an absolute top favorite. A team peppered with experienced DEL professionals and a coach who is still hungry for the title even after nine German championships will hardly be to be stopped. It would be interesting to see how Munich reacts to a negative series, but it probably won’t even come to that.
Coach Pavel Gross’ team has been on the ice almost continuously since the end of July – the players have an extremely long preparation behind them. Unlike many other clubs, the Adler did not have to resort to short-time work for financial reasons. A significant personnel issue in Mannheim was clarified at an early stage. Marcel Goc ended his career in March and is now working as a skills and development coach – primarily in the field of young talent, but also with the professionals.
With Marcel Goc, Phil Hungerecker and Borna Rendulic, the Adler have to accept three significant departures. After all, the rookie of the year Tim Stützle (NHL-Draft in 3rd position) is expected back after the U20 World Cup in Mannheim. Jason Bast (Cologne) and Brendan Shinnimin (Växjö) should close the remaining gaps. In the goalkeeper position, the Mannheim team brought Felix Brückmann back – a very good back-up solution for Dennis Endras, maybe even more. Top striker Andrew Desjardins is out injured for the entire season, and both of them NHL-Player Lean Bergmann and Marc Michaelis will be heading back to North America soon. The eagles have to upgrade the squad – this also applies after the commitment of veteran Felix Schütz.
Mannheim will also march through the main round. Especially since the traditionally tricky duels against Cologne, Düsseldorf and Berlin are of less importance in the southern group. Mannheim will be able to annoy and beat Munich. In a long playoff series, however, the Eagles would rather draw the short straw.
Stand: 16.12.2020, 10:00