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Hot Links: Wednesday, April 22

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NHL exploring a June draft before season resumes, Hlinka-Gretzky U18 to be cancelled, Tippett’s masterstroke, Jets’ Copp on playing McDavid and Draisaitl, and MORE!

Winnipeg Jets v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

Another day in paradise, and we’ve got some nuggets for you to dip into honey and digest on this fine hump day.

The Athletic recounts the Oilers’ decision to draft Leon Draisaitl ahead of Sam Bennett.

In response to the news that the NHL is exploring a June draft whether the season is resumed/finished by then or not, Lowetide offered up a list of the Top 100 players in this year’s draft.

Following the news of other key events cancelling in the Edmonton Area (RIP Folkfest), the Hlinka-Gretzky U18 is expected to be cancelled in the coming days.

Dave Tippett’s willingness to play Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl apart helped spark the Oilers’ second-half performance. Kailer Yamamoto’s reintroduction didn’t hurt, either.

Winnipeg Jets C Andrew Copp spoke on a conference call about how much he enjoys the challenge of playing against McDavid and Draisaitl. I too enjoy a good stiletto to the testicles.

Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky remains optimistic about the NHL season resuming in the summer.

From Us

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From Elsewhere

The 100 Best Players In The 2020 Draft (Lowetide)

Hlinka-Gretzky U18 Tournament In Edmonton To Be Cancelled (Oilersnation)

Dave Tippett’s Realignment Of The McDavid-Draisaitl Axis Keyed Edmonton Oilers’ Second-Half Resurgence (Journal)

Could Sam Gagner Return For A Third Go-Around With The Oilers? (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Edmonton Oilers Glenn Anderson Pots Two In ’87 Smythe Division Finals (Oilersnation)

Why Copp Relishes Going Head-To-Head Vs. McDavid & Draisaitl (Sportsnet)

Wayne Gretzky Is Optimistic About The NHL Resuming During The Summer (Oilersnation)

For Money

Inside The Franchise-Altering Decision To Pick Leon Draisaitl Over Sam Bennett (Athletic)

Some good and some bad in this recap.
Daniel Nugent-Bowman | https://theathletic.com/