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All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. How to put together your forwards. McDavid exceeding expectations. Brossoit and Khaira will be coming soon. And more.

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About the Oilers

Unicorns, kids, and how many good NHL teams construct their 4 forward lines. - Woodguy
I've been wishing and hoping the Oilers will construct a roster with 3 lines that are expected to score since before the turn of the century.

McDavid: Exceeding Expectations - Jason Gregor -- OilersNation
Connor McDavid's arrival to the NHL had been talked about for years, but despite all the hype, anticipation and excitement his play through the first 11 games has managed to exceed most people's expectations. He is that good, and he's only going to get better.

Oilers’ next best bet at Bakersfield? J.J. Khaira - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
What matters at the AHL is not winning or losing. It’s a developmental league. What matters is how well the Bakersfield coaching staff develops its players. One player making some progress right now is big, strapping winger Jujhar Khaira, or J.J. Khaira as he’s known in the Bake.

ETA: Laurent Brossoit - Lowetide -- OilersNation
The Edmonton Oilers have Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse on the roster now, so the most NHL-ready prospect in the minors is probably Laurent Brossoit. Will we see him in Edmonton this year?

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan aims for hard, fast, supportive crew - Terry Jones -- Edmonton Sun
What kind of identity does McLellan want? What identity does he think is within the group and where is he at with all that?

Around the NHL

NHL Grab Bag: Let’s Get Spooky -- Grantland
Welcome to a weekly grab bag of thoughts and observations from the past few days and/or decades of NHL hockey.

Breaking Down Sidney Crosby's Early Struggles This Season -- Bleacher Report
What’s wrong with the game’s best player?

TSN Hockey's Top 10 Storylines of the Week -- TSN
Scott Cullen takes a look at the top stories from the start of the season to October 23rd to 30th, including Jamie Benn, fighting on the decline, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Colorado’s puck possession woes and more.