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#T25U25 hits top 3 territory later today. PLUS: Czech WJHC invites, Ethan Bear at #4, camp history, #Oilers rumors, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Later this morning marks our first entry into this year’s Top 25 Under 25. How have we done so far? In case you missed it, pop on over to check out our #4 entry from yesterday: Ethan Bear.

I actually had Bear at #2, because I couldn’t rank the incumbent 1RD any lower than that, even if, say, a guy like Evan Bouchard has the potential to be a better one. Of course, that’s just me. If Nail Yakupov was still Oilers property I’d be for sure trying to make a case for including an overager because I just love him so much.

But I digress. The biggest news in my world yesterday was probably this:

So there you have it, folks. Looks to me like at least four Canadian teams will make the NHL playoffs for the first time in what feels like a millennia. You’d have to think the Oilers are at least even money to be one of the four best Canadian teams, given the state of most of them. It will unfortunately make it that much more painful if the Oilers aren’t in a playoff position come game 56.

Czech-ing out! (Copper and Blue)

The 2020 Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25: #4 Ethan Bear (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Wednesday, December 9 (Copper and Blue)

The 2020 Copper And Blue Top 25 Under 25: #5 Philip Broberg (Copper and Blue)

Proposed NHL Division Realignment For 2020-21 Season (Oilersnation)

Tracers: Training Camp 2008 (Lowetide)

Weekly Rumours – Are Moves Coming? (Oilersnation)

What Should We Expect In 56-Game NHL Season? (Oilersnation)

Oilers History: The Importance Of Jimmy Carson (THW)

Lowetide: The 2020-21 Oilers Finally Deploying Elite Talent In The Right Places (Athletic)