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Hot Links: Monday, October 19

The #Oilers, the Draft, and college, is Ken Holland done, the farm team and potential 20-21 call-ups, Jesse Puljujarvi’s deployment (and Karpat’s COVID-19 quarantine), on Dylan Holloway, Ilya Konovalov update, Ethan Bear’s future, next season, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Hope you all had a nice weekend, and that, unlike me, your fantasy football matchups have been decided already and you don’t have to waste a Monday stressing out about just how good a matchup the Dallas Cowboys are for DeAndre Hopkins and Chase Edmonds. That it isn’t the difference between starting 1-5 and 2-4. Hey, it’s been a rough start, but last year a 1-6 team came back to win it all. Why can’t it be me?

But, I digress.

A few storylines surrounding the Oilers this weekend, but perhaps none bigger than Jesse Puljujarvi’s Kärpät Oulu team having a positive test for COVID-19, forcing a team-wide quarantine and the postponement of (at least) three games:

Through 5 games, Puljujarvi’s collected 5-2-7 (T5 in scoring and P/G). No word (that I can find) on who it is, but I am hoping that we’d know by now if it were JP himself.

Speaking of: have we seen any updates about Connor McDavid’s recovery?

Every time another COVID-19 story pops up in another sports league, I’m left wondering how the NHL plans to get next season going. I’ve seen a lot of permutations and combinations, including a 48-game season, an All-Canadian Division, moving the AHL team back to Edmonton (remember the Road Runners?) and other weird and wacky solutions, but I think we’re still far enough out that nobody knows for sure. One thing I think we can safely say is that next season is going to be different, one way or another.

Hot Links: Friday, October 16 (Copper and Blue)

Grading Ken Holland (Copper and Blue)

Draft And College 2020 (Lowetide)

Monday Mailbag – Is Ken Holland Done Making Moves? (Oilersnation)

Tyson Barrie Solves A Few Issues On Edmonton Oilers’ Blueline, But Not All Of Them (Journal)

Edmonton Oilers Notebook: Farm Team Could Tag Along On Road Trips (Sun)

The Up Escalator (Lowetide)

All About Dylan Holloway (Oilersnation)

Q&A: Brian Burke On Maple Leafs Shakeup, Oilers Goalies, Hall’s Big Deal (Sportsnet)

Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Lowetide)

Bear’s Share: Little Money Left For Defenceman’s New Deal With Oilers’ Cap (Sun)

Jesse Puljujarvi, Finnish Team, Head Into COVID-19 Quarantine (Oilersnation)

What If The NHL Doesn’t Play In 2020/2021? (Oilersnation)

How Will Oilers Coach Dave Tippett Deploy Jesse Puljujarvi? (Athletic)

Lowetide: Why Is Oilers Prospect Ilya Konovalov No Longer Starting In The KHL? (Athletic)