The 2015 NHL Offseason: Winners, Losers, and Everybody In the Middle

Cam Lewis
August 16 2015 08:00AM

Over the past couple weeks, I've been breaking down the good and the bad of what's happened so far during the 2015 NHL offseason. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle. Hey, it's the summer and we still have like seven weeks until the season starts, so it's the perfect time to sit back and speculate. 

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BARON'S BEST

Lowetide
August 15 2015 01:00PM

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We've said our goodbyes to the good folks in Oklahoma City and hope the ties that bind keep us in touch over the years. In the fall, Oilers fans must make like the Joads and head to California and the Bakersfield Condors, next home of Edmonton's AHL team. Before we go, let's have a quick look back and the best rookie seasons by Oklahoma City Barons.

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One Two

Matt Henderson
August 15 2015 11:00AM

When the Oilers got their hands on RNH it was pretty clear after his first season that the team had found a keeper. He’s defensively responsible, elusive, extremely quick and agile on his skates, and he has top drawer vision. The Oilers had found their 1C for the foreseeable future. None of that has changed, but now they’ve added phenom Connor McDavid to the roster and suddenly the Oilers have a 1-2 punch down the middle they’ve lacked for a very long time.

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Andrew Ference, Central Scouting & the Pittsburgh Penguins

Jonathan Willis
August 15 2015 08:00AM

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Andrew Ference wasn’t particularly well-regarded by NHL scouts in his draft year, and it’s easy to understand why, as 5’11” defencemen typically don’t get a lot of love on draft day. But his response to his low valuation goes a long way toward explaining why, nearly 20 years later, he’s one of the best picks of the 1997 Draft.

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Robbie Russo Hits Free Agency

Cat Silverman
August 14 2015 06:13PM

Robbie Russo was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders - but in their hurry to fill organizational needs on the blue line, they filled up roster spots that could have potentially been his by now. 

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