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:
Karpat Oulu (Jesse Puljujarvi's team) has a COVID-19 case, the whole team has to go into quarantine, at least three games must be rescheduled. #LetsGoOilers #NHL— Pekka Jalonen (@PekkaJalonen) October 16, 2020
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)