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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the NHL, including Draisaitl at the Memorial Cup, the Schultz conundrum, Taylor Hall likes winning, Stanley Cup previews, and more.

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Words from Leon Draisaitl that will warm the hearts of Edmonton Oilers fans - David Staples - Cult of Hockey
This just in from Wayne Moore of, a quote from Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl on him winning the MVP of the Memorial Cup tournament, but his Kelowna Rockets losing in overtime in the finals 2 to 1.

What on earth are Edmonton Oilers going to do with Justin Schultz? - Bruce McCurdy - Cult of Hockey
The ardour for Justin Schultz has cooled in Oil Country, and that’s a fact. The toast of Edmonton when he signed in Good Old Ourtown three summers ago as a highly-sought after free agent, nowadays one can find more than a few Oilers supporters wishing Schultz was toast in Edmonton.

The lessons the Oilers should take from Justin Schultz’s development - Jonathan Willis - OilersNation
Justin Schultz has emerged as a focal point for much of the wrath directed at Edmonton’s ineffective blue line. Some of that is his fault; he lacks any kind of physical edge and has specific failings, particularly in the defensive zone. Much of it, however, is the fault of an Oilers team that has done pretty much everything wrong in terms of how it’s handled the player.

Oilers star Taylor Hall’s got that winning feeling again - Jason Gregor - Edmonton Journal
Winning was all Taylor Hall knew prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers. He won the under-18 world hockey championship with Canada in 2008 and back-to-back Memorial Cups (including MVP honours) with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10. But over the past five seasons, no one in the National Hockey League has experienced more losing than Hall and his Oilers teammate Jordan Eberle.

Part two, if you will, with Taylor Hall - Jason Gregor - OilersNation
I wasn't able to include all of his thoughts in one article. I had to leave out some good comments, but I wanted to share the remainder of our conversation.

News From Around the NHL

Stopping the Fight -
There’s no place left in the NHL for enforcers like Westgarth. But among the not-quite-NHL-calibre talent in the UK’s EIHL Westgarth has a chance to play the power-forward role he’s aspired to since he first laced up the skates.

Stanley Cup preview: A match made in fancy stats heaven - Edmonton Sun
For the sixth time this decade, hockey’s ultimate series pits a dominant puck-possession team against a club that is, at the very least, above-average in the play-driving department. The Blackhawks and Lightning this year ranked second and fourth, respectively, in regular-season SAT%, otherwise known as Corsi.

Tampa Bay is a better television market than you realize - Raw Charge
While folks in larger hockey markets will continue to bemoan the fact that Tampa Bay is in the Stanley Cup Final, actually looking at the facts reveals Tampa Bay is a better TV market than many realize.

5 reasons to root against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final - Broad Street Hockey
"Tampa Bay" isn't even a city.

5 reasons to root against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final - Broad Street Hockey
... or maybe not.

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