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Hot Links: Monday, October 26

The Pacific Division, Evan Bouchard in Sweden, Caleb Jones’ readiness, Dmitri Samorukov’s KHL impact, Carter Savoie profile, projecting Tyler Ennis’ season, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Excuse my unwillingness to get into things this morning, I’m coming off a brutal Sunday Night Football result. The (soon to be) 2-5ive Crew is a little down in the dumps. Forgive me if I don’t have two cents to add to the various Oilers stories we’re bringing you today.

But, how bout those stories? What’s pressing?

Well, in my world, I’d like to see Ethan Bear get an extension. I know the money’s weird right now, and I wonder if they have some sort of handshake deal to sign as soon as they can throw Oscar Klefbom on LTIR (when the season starts, for maximum value), but otherwise it’s hard not to be a bit concerned that arguably the Oilers’ best D is sitting without a contract right now.

Of course, we’ve only got one season of his playing at that level to go on. There is some degree of risk in giving a player like Bear a deal with term, but there’s obvious risk in signing him to a bridge deal if he flourishes, too.

Hot Links: Friday, October 23 (Copper and Blue)

Heaven Is The Rule 5 Draft (Lowetide)

How Do The Oilers Stack Up Against The Pacific Division? (THW)

Is Caleb Jones Ready For Top 4 Duty On The Edmonton Oilers’ Blueline? (Journal)

It’s Never Too Early To Worry About The Edmonton Oilers (Sun)

‘Short Term’ Demolition Targeted For Northlands Coliseum (Oilersnation)

Tracers: AHL Reasonable In 2007 (Lowetide)

Oilers’ Scoring Depth Will Need To Produce More Next Season (THW)

All About Carter Savoie (Oilersnation)

Brian Burke Looks Back On Pronger Trade And Impossible Gretzky Deal (Sun)

Condors Over Europe (Lowetide)

Can Ethan Bear And Kailer Yamamoto Do It Again? (Oilersnation)

Kris Russell Proud Of Grunt Work He Does For Edmonton Oilers (Sun)

WATCH: Raphaël Lavoie Snipes His Fifth Goal Of The Season For Väsby (Oilersnation)

Remembering The Heritage Classic (Oilersnation)

NHL Trade Tree: Why The 2017 Eberle Deal Still Looks Bad For The Oilers (Sportsnet)

Wheeler: Breaking Down Oilers Prospect Evan Bouchard’s Play With Södertälje SK (Athletic)

Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) via The Athletic

Lowetide: Dmitri Samorukov’s KHL Impact And What It Means To The Oilers (Athletic)

How Many Goals Will Oilers Winger Tyler Ennis Score Next Season? (Athletic)