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Oil Spills: Friday Links - Life Without McDavid

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. The Oilers without Connor McDavid; lines get shuffled, players get recalled. Thoughts on ECHL prospects. No expansion vote coming soon. And more.

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About the Oilers

The Oilers in the Wake of McDavid's Injury -- OilersNation
What happened to Connor McDavid in Tuesday night's game against the Flyers was a real punch to the gut. And that's coming from someone who has doesn't have anything resembling any ties or allegiances to the Edmonton Oilers franchise. Purely as a fan of hockey, it's nothing short of regrettable that we're going to be deprived of seeing and enjoying someone who has instantly become one of the most fun players in the league to watch for at least a couple of months.

Edmonton’s season is finished thanks to Connor McDavid’s fractured clavicle -- The Hockey News
Let’s get down to brass tacks here, people: Edmonton’s season is finished. With rookie center Connor McDavid fracturing his clavicle, whatever small margin of error the Oilers possessed in chasing a playoff spot is now flushed down the toilet.

Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid’s injury ‘just pure bad luck,’ but youth can make athletes more susceptible to getting hurt - Michael Traikos -- Edmonton Journal
Indeed, a rut in the ice might have caused McDavid to lose his balance and fall down. And his exceptional skating ability might have resulted in him hitting the boards with greater force than a slower player would have. But did his age play a factor? Are teenagers, whose bodies have not yet matured, more vulnerable than older players?

Oilers winger Nail Yakupov impressed by Connor McDavid's stoic on-ice reaction to broken collarbone - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
When Connor McDavid slammed into the end boards Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, everyone in the building had a bad feeling. That included his linemates, who were on the bench at the time with McDavid killing a penalty.

New centre of attention Leon Draisaitl moves onto top Oilers line with Hall, Eberle - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
Seven points in three games, all on right-wing with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Now, with Connor McDavid gone for months with a broken clavicle, Draisaitl finds himself as the first line centre with Hall and Jordan Eberle against Pittsburgh Friday while RNH slides into McDavid’s spot with Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot.

Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sees similarities, familiarity in move to Yakupov-Pouliot line - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
The Oilers top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl has been split up heading into Friday’s game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place.

Oilers make right call sending down Slepyshev, calling up Miller - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
The Edmonton Oilers have sent winger Anton Slepyshev down to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League, while recalling winger Andrew Miller.

Around the NHL

The Patrick Kane case shows how much power fans wield in the way athlete investigations are handled --
The accuser of the Chicago Blackhawks star will no longer cooperate in the sexual assault case. Her decision reflects how large a role fans play in investigating allegations against athletes.

Blackhawks will 'reassess' Patrick Kane's standing with team in offseason, per report -- Second City Hockey
Well this is interesting.

Three-on-three All-Star Game is the NHL's best idea in years -- Pension Plan Puppets
If you wanna see 3-on-3 hockey at the 2016 All-Star Game, gimme a "HELL YEAH!"

Eventual NHL success in ECHL Prospects -- Hockey Graphs
For a prospect, the difference between purgatory and the ECHL is that purgatory is temporary. For some prospects, being assigned to the ECHL is a death knell to their career in the NHL.

There will be no expansion vote in December -- ProHockeyTalk
The NHL is kicking the expansion can down the road.

Proposed Blackhawks logo change gets approval from Quebec First Nations chief -- Second City Hockey
Ghislain Picard says the Hawks' current primary logo is just as offensive as the one used by the NFL's team in Washington.

Patrick Marleau scores wonder goal -- Fear The Fin
He's just three points away from 1,000 in his career.

What happens when you strap a GoPro camera to the puck itself? -- BarDown
We've seen GoPro hockey videos from our friend @ES_Films_ before, like when beer leaguers went BarDown wearing GoPros, but Erich Schwer has now changed the GoPro hockey videos game. The producer and GoPro hockey film editor has come up with a unique take on the GoPro hockey video; by placing the GoPro camera on the puck itself.