Season 5 profile: Oslo Outlaws

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GM: Chris Lee (3rd GM in team’s history)

Coach: Claude Julien (replaced Peter Laviolette after Season 3)

Last season: 24th overall

Ins and Outs

(Season 4 to Season 5)

Out: Luca Sbisa (free agent), Mike Cammalleri (free agent), Wojtek Wolski (free agent), David Petrasek (free agent)

In: Andrei Markov (free agent), David Jones (waivers), Andrew Shaw (waivers), Viktor Antipin (draft), Robert Rooba (draft)

In Place

(Key players signed past Season 5)

  Tyler Seguin, C; Elias Lindholm, C; Tomas Hertl, RW; Semyon Varlamov, G; Viktor Antipin, D; Morgan Rielly, D




Three Questions

1. How can the Outlaws escape the basement? Oslo fans didn’t appreciate what happened to their team last season, but like fans of the NHL Buffalo Sabres, they will have to endure more pain. Oslo could have trouble climbing the Northern Conference standings again this season. The team got a little better on defense after free agency when Andrei Markov joined the team, even though Luca Sbisa left. Markov doesn’t have too many seasons left in him, but paired with Eric Gelinas, that means the points in the offensive zone are in good hands, especially on the power play. Overall, the defense corps is young and improving and looks like a good foundation for the team’s future. Mark Fayne and Matt Irwin make up the second pairing and the duo is even-keeled and steady. Coach Claude Julien will be less tense when they take their turns at the back. More on the third pairing of D-men shortly.

2. Who are their brightest stars? When the Outlaws visit a city, fans from the opposing team will crane their necks to get a good look at Oslo’s 5th and 6th defensemen. For the last couple of years, Tyler Seguin has drawn a lot of media attention. Morgan Rielly and Viktor Antipin are about to give Sequin a break, because all eyes will be on the young defensemen who are the two best assets in the Oslo system. Antipin, 18, was the first pick in the draft this year. He looks to have all the tools to be an excellent defensive defenseman with some extra accessories attached. He has a good work rate, skates extremely well and can handle the puck fairly well. His best years are a decade away but he has already generated a lot of excitement throughout Norway. Rielly will get hits and assists, but he’s not strong along the boards nor in front of his own net. The more experience he gains, the more he’ll be able to compensate for those deficiencies. In the end, he will be a top pairing defenseman.

3. What’s the story with the forwards? Oslo has a mix of young and old forwards. Tyler Seguin, Tomas Hertl, Robert Rooba and Hampus Lindholm are a big part of the team’s long-term future. Clever Matt D’Agostini, P-A Parenteau, Guillaume Latendresse and Curtis Glencross probably aren’t. But they will all be working together this year. Julien’s task will be to figure out who works well with whom. More accurately, who can get the puck to Sequin and also convert his goal-mouth passes. Tyler Kennedy was the team’s second leading goal scorer last year and is a two-time 20-goal scorer. He has dibs on Seguin’s right wing. Hertl is inexperienced and fragile, but he is a natural goal scorer. D’Agostini was quite underrated last season. He was the team’s third-leading scorer and one of its best defensive players. Keep an eye on him.


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

Season 4              24         47    17.9     72.3   25.56    35.09   2.50     4.05   11.59

Season 3              21          75    16.2    83.4    27.82    33.43   3.07    3.66    12.21

Season 2              13         91  19.0    84.1    29.43    29.89    3.43    3.13    14.78

Season 1              10          93   17.6    80.8    31.83    29.71    3.66    3.35    10.80

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Shea Weber, D, current age 30. Games played: 322; points: 220; +110

Season 2: Fredrik Norrena, G, age 36. GP 70, Save Pct. 88.8

Season 3: Elias Lindholm, C, age 21. GP 34, Pts 16, -9

Season 4: Tomas Hertl, LW, age 21. GP 60, Pts 38, -16

Season 5: Viktor Antipin, D, age 18.

Trade History

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

Traded Round 5 pick (used to draft Andrew Ladd) and Round 7 pick (Alex Goligoski) to Copenhagen for Round 3 pick (Jimmy Howard)

Traded Round 4 pick (Radim Vrbata) and Round 6 pick (Johan Franzen) to Bern for Daniel Sedin and Round 12 pick (Max Talbot)

Traded Round 17 pick (Zac Rinaldo) and 2013 Round 1 pick (Alex Galchenyuk) to Minsk for Round 8 pick

Traded Round 8 pick (Andrej Meszaros) and Round 12 pick (Boyd Gordon) to Copenhagen for Alexandre Burrows

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

Traded 2014 Round 3 pick (Samuel Morin) to Milan for Dustin Penner

Season 2

Traded Thomas Vanek to Prague for P-A Parenteau

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

Season 3

Traded Jimmy Howard to Berlin for Semyon Varlamov and Jarkko Immonen

Traded Pavel Datsyuk and Shea Weber to London for Tyler Seguin and Luca Sbisa

Traded Ryan Suter to Gothenburg for Morgan Rielly, Eric Gelinas and 2017 Round 2 pick

Season 4

Traded 2016 Round 3 pick (traded later to Stockholm – Ryan Gunderson) to Helsinki for Wojtek Wolski









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