SEASON 6 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, out of the playoffs

Ins and Outs

(Season 5 to Season 6)

Out: Andrei Markov (free agent), Max Talbot (free agent), Matt D’Agostini (free agent), Mark Fayne (free agent)

In: Zach Parise (free agent), Nikita Nikitin (free agent), Connor McDavid (draft),  Zach Werenski (draft), Brayden McNabb (draft), Barclay Goodrow (draft)

In Place

(Key players signed past Season 6)

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

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Three Questions

1. When will they climb out of the cellar ? Oslo finished last in Season 4 by 10 points and last in Season 5 by 17 points, promptly drafting Connor McDavid, who could join the club before this season is done. Oslo General Manager Chris Lee has shown patience and so have Outlaw fans in Norway. Hey, they know how to drink beer until Tyler Seguin, Tomas Hertl, Viktor Antipin, McDavid and a few other promising young players are ready to fully blossom. Still, if you are going to place a bet that Oslo will trail the other 23 teams again for the next couple of years, pull back a few of your dollars just in case. On paper they don’t look that bad.

2. Why is Parise in town ? There is not a lot that $9 million can’t fix. Parise welcomed the opportunity to come to Oslo and become Seguin’s left-hand man and at the same time, become part of the leadership team. The 32-year-old Parise likes scoring goals and he knows Seguin likes high-speed offense too. Parise is fifth all-time in EURO goal scoring and three times already in his career, he has scored more than 40 goals in a season. His smallest goal output was last season in Lisbon when he scored 34 times. If Lee can find a better right wing this season, the Outlaws could have a very dynamic top line that could help win a few more games. As it is, speedster Tyler Kennedy will play with Seguin and Parise and he’ll have his best chance yet to put up career-high numbers. A top flight right wing would have an immediate trickle down effect. Hertl and Mikhail Grabovski on the second line are currently teamed with David Jones, a well-rounded player, but a guy who will be hardpressed to equal his career best of 45 points. On the third and fourth lines, Coach Claude Julien has snipers matched up with playmakers, hoping for some chemistry that will improve the team’s poor goals per game average of 2.22 last season.

3. Can Oslo stop teams from scoring? The defensive part of the game seems to be the center of Lee’s effort to rebuild. Oslo improved their goals against and shots against averages last season, but there is still a ways to go. The Outlaws plan features Semyon Varlamov prominently. He is not only the team’s number one goalie and their goalie of the future, but the 28-year-old also serves as team captain. In front of him are the makings of a sound defensive corps. Antipin will be a top player and possible all-star for a decade or more in this league. Morgan Rielly, 22, and Eric Gelinas, 25, are good with the puck now and they’ll get better every season. Zach Werenski, Calvin De Haan and Brayden McNabb are working on their games in the minor league right now, but they should be solid players to round out the defense pairings. Lee is putting together one of the league’s top defense crews of the future. This year, the Outlaws will struggle again, but two seasons from now, the defense will be solid and McDavid, Seguin, Hertl and Parise or someone like him will be wreaking havoc at the other end of the rink.

History

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

Season 5              24       41    10.9       78.5     23.34      34.59    2.22   3.83   8.71

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 31. Games played: 404; points: 292; +133

Season 2: Fredrik Norrena, G, age 37. GP 71, Save Pct. 88.8

Season 3: Elias Lindholm, C, age 22. GP 34, Pts 16, -9

Season 4: Tomas Hertl, LW, age 22. GP 136, Pts 76, -55

Season 5: Viktor Antipin, D, age 19. GP 82, Pts 22, -25

Season 6: Connor McDavid, C, 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) toCopenhagen 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

Season 5

Season 6

After Season 6 started: Signed Devan Dubnyk (free agent)

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