We’re a Hub, Bub

We’re a Hub, Bub

I know this will come off as homer-ism in the extreme to some, but when I look at the 10 cities on the NHL’s shortlist to be hubs when play-ins and playoffs finally get underway, I don’t see a better hub candidate than Edmonton. Tell me I’m wrong. That’s assuming, of course, there’s a way to deal with the 14-day quarantine period that’s in place. If that doesn’t change, you can strike Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto off the list right now, leaving Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las V

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-05-29

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Hot Links: Friday, May 29

Hot Links: Friday, May 29

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images #Oilers news and notes to get you set for the weekend. Morning, folks! Some mornings, with all of the things happening on Earth, it seems a bit silly to curate a few links about a game that doesn’t really matter, and isn’t coming back any time soon. Today is one of those mornings. I hope those seeking justice in Minnesota find it. Consider donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund if you have the means. Leon Draisaitl officially received the 2019-

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Date: 2020-05-29

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Are there clear favourites for hosting the NHL’s return?

Are there clear favourites for hosting the NHL’s return?

31 Thoughts: The Podcast’s Elliotte Friedman opines on when the NHL may enter phase three of their plan, how a training camp under quarantine may work, if the summer tournament is leaning toward a bracket or reseeding system, whether there’s any favourites for hub locations, and what’s been holding back the Sabres from succeeding. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2020-05-29

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Leon Draisaitl of Edmonton Oilers the overwhelming pick for NHL MVP, by NHL.com writers

This in from NHL.com, the selection of Leon Draisaitl as the NHL’s 2019-20 regular season MVP by their staff writers: “Draisaitl, who was chosen in a panel of 18 NHL.com writers as the Hart Trophy winner as MVP this season, won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL leader with 110 points (43 goals, 67 assists) in 71 games, five more points in 11 fewer games than he scored last season. Draisaitl finished with 12 first-place votes and 83 voting points. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (64

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-05-29

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Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 player review: James Neal

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 player review: James Neal

It’s safe to say the Oilers took a flyer on James Neal, but so far this season it’s paid off. The team must’ve hoped that the 32-year-old could regain his scoring ways, but with 19 goals and 12 assists so far this season, his return to form has been a pleasant surprise. To talk about Neal’s first season with the Oilers, we have to talk about the trade that brought him to Edmonton. On the surface, flipping the notorious Milan Lucic contract to the Flames for an equally hefty contract i

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Date: 2020-05-29

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Experiments with Foreign Sounds

Experiments with Foreign Sounds

I believe the first 30 picks are going to follow a fairly predictable path for the 2020 draft. Even a list like mine, which is a math list, should be able to predict much of the first round. The top players in this draft are obvious. A year ago, my first round list contained six forwards who weren’t chosen in the first 31 names. These are good players but were passed over for various reasons. Are they progressing? THE ATHLETIC! The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of st

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Date: 2020-05-29

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Misguided priorities helped turn the Oilers’ 2010 rebuild into a debacle

The Oilers earnestly believed in nurturing their young stars, on and off the ice. The attempt misfired badly.

Source: The Athletic
Date: 2020-05-29

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The Nation Roundup

The Nation Roundup

Bettman details return to play; agents love Kyle Dubas; is Benning the right man for the Canucks; a 22 team format would be better; best and worst Flames trades and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Sumo Jerky. In the Roundup, we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise. LEAFS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-05-29

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Projecting the 28 skaters & 4 (?) goalies of Edmonton Oilers' playoff roster

Finally some hard news for hockey fans this week with Gary Bettman’s announcement of the NHL’s Return To Play strategy on Tuesday. What with hub cities, 24-team playoff format, Draft format and more, there’s been a lot to unpack to say the least. Not all of the details were fully apparent at first, although some of them have begun to emerge courtesy hard-wor

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-05-29

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Throwback Thursday: One year ago today, Edmonton Oilers hired Dave Tippett

Throwback Thursday: One year ago today, Edmonton Oilers hired Dave Tippett

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday! One year ago today, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Dave Tippett would be the 16th head coach in club history. With him, Tippett brought over a decade worth of successful coaching experience. Known as a great communicator, he’s shown his ability to do that with the Oilers. In just one year, he was able to turn the club from well out of the playoffs, to a team making serious noise in a playoff race. The Oilers finished the 2019-20 sea

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-05-29

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