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Hot Links: Thursday, April 2

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Good morning!

We hope this Xth day of we-should-all-be-quarantining finds you and yours well. Let’s get to it.

ESPN noticed the same discrepancy in the NHLPA Player Poll that I did: that Connor McDavid both lapped the field of the league’s best forwards but couldn’t register in the top five for most complete.

Leon Draisaitl had his first COVID-19 conference call earlier this week, talking about this and that — including what he’s watching to get through these long days. This is what it’s come to, folks.

Lowetide examined the Oilers current 50-man context and how that impacts their RFA and UFA decisions.

More on Dave Tippett’s availability from Arizona, in which he named McDavid, Draisaitl, Klefbom and Nugent-Hopkins as part of the team’s core.

Whenever the entry draft does go, the Oilers will have 4 picks to navigate. It could still get interesting depending on how the league eventually decides to set the order.

Ron MacLean debuted a streaming-only show called In Conversation. The premier included chats with Wayne Gretzky and Hayley Wickenheiser. Speaking of Gretzky, it was on April 1 1981 that he first broke Bobby Orr’s record for most assists in one season, with his 103rd.

The Edmonton Oilers are as concerned about COVID-19 as the rest of us. Good, as they should be.

Alex Chiasson also hopped on his first conference call of the stoppage, and offered his opinion as to why success takes time in the NHL.

Friedman’s latest 31 thoughts aims to showcase some good stories.

Someone, please, help Kailer Yamamoto with his jigsaw puzzle.

Also — and this is pretty wild — but a man from Red Deer is chronicling Peter Pocklington’s history with LEGO.

From Us

Hot Links: Wednesday, April 1 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Wysh List: Is Connor McDavid An Incomplete Player? (ESPN)

Leon Draisaitl Talks Playoffs, Self-Isolation, And Watching NHL Replays (Oilersnation)

Dave Tippett: “There Was A Lot Of Growth Within Our Group” (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers Have Four Selections For The Upcoming NHL Entry Draft (Sun)

Condors Add Three From NCAA Ranks (Oilers Rig)

In Conversation With Ron MacLean: Gretzky, Wickenheiser Relive Favourite Hockey Moments (Sportsnet)

Edmonton Oilers Just As Worried About COVID-19 As You Are (Sun)

Oilers’ Chiasson Praises Young Core, Explains Why Success ‘Takes Time’ (Sportsnet)

31 Thoughts: Some Good Stories In Tough Times (Sportsnet)

Kailer Yamamoto Has Puzzle Problems (Oilersnation)

Team Interrupted (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Wayne Gretzky Breaks Bobby Orr’s Assist Record (Oilersnation)

Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett Talks Playoffs, Attitude, And Young Contributors (Oilersnation)

Oilers Prospect Skyler Brind’Amour Wins Rookie Of The Year In ECAC (Oilersnation)

For Money

Lowetide: Making The Call On RFA And UFA Players On The Oilers’ 50-Man Roster (Athletic)