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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 31

Edmonton #Oilers news and notes from the past day of no news and nothing of note. It’s almost August.

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2019 NHL Draft - Round One
Two of approximately two hundred worldwide hockey men in their natural habitat. Careful not to disturb them.
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Good morning!

What an infinitely captionable photograph we chose today, wouldn’t you agree?

We are 24 hours closer to August, which means we are 24 hours closer to September, which means we are 24 hours closer to Training Camp, and so on.

Unfortunately, we are no closer to seeing the Oilers take proactive steps to head into this season with better than a bottom-five forward group... but it is only July, so it’s been suggested it’s too early to worry?

Hm, maybe I need a vacation. Moreso.

Anyway, today we’ve got some work on Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl’s ice time, a Dave Tippett interview, and a look at Mikko Koskinen’s season. We’ve included some good work on the James Neal / Milan Lucic swap, too - specifically about the conditional pick included in the deal.

Happy Wednesday!

From Us

Yesterday (Copper and Blue)

Buying low and managing expectations. (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Deconstructing a beautiful condition. (Boys on the Bus)

How much can the Oilers play McDavid? (TSN)

Have the Oilers done enough to return to the playoffs? (TSN)

Dave Tippett sat down with Stauffer to talk about the 2019-20 lineup. (

Lowetide on the Summer of 2017. (Lowetide)

On Mikko Koskinen. (Oilersnation)

Can James Neal rebound next year? (Oilersnation)

For Money

The Athletic’s Dom Luszczyszyn is conducting a survey on fan confidence in their team’s front office. (The Athletic)