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Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid had a chat, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ made a video. Yesterday in Oilers history, and MORE!

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Morning, all!

Yesterday, GQ released ‘An Epic Conversation’ between Oilers legends Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid. You read that right. Legends plural. It’s maybe a sign of the times that the first thing I thought was ‘this must have happened before social distancing, these dudes are in close proximity.’

Otherwise the two hockey luminaries spoke at length about greatness, playing in Edmonton, and so much more in their 24-minutes-and-change chat.

With the season in full hiatus and more likely to be binned than begin’d, some questions about this year’s team will likely stay unanswered.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins checked in for his first media appearance, talking cooking, his golden retreiver Sophie, and his take on WHL prospect — and latest player to receive a special exemption to enter the CHL early — Connor Bedard. He also found the time to make a video for an 85 year old fan. Lovely. Keep Nuge Forever.

Alex Chiasson believes the Oilers would have done some damage in the playoffs this season.

On this day in 1986, Paul Coffee broke Bobby Orr’s single season goal scoring record with his 47th of the year. As a defenseman. Wild. On the same day in 1980, Wayne Gretzky became the first teenager to score 50 goals in a season. Can you even credit it?

Sportsnet cobbled together a compliation of Leon Draisaitl’s top plays of the season.

All that and more to get you through the weekend. By now you know what to do. Keep doing that, and stay safe. See you on the other side.

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Gretzky Tells McDavid He’ll Win A Cup: ‘You’re Too Good’ (Score)

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Oilers Greats McDavid, Gretzky Open Up In ‘Epic Conversation’ (Sportsnet)

COVID-19 Isolation Means Dog Days For Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Sun)

Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins Hit Stride As A Winger And Leader In 2019-20 (Sportsnet)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Makes Touching Video For 85-Year-Old Fan (Oilersnation)

Nugent-Hopkins On Connor Bedard: ‘Everything He Does Is So Advanced’ (Sportsnet)

Alex Chiasson Says Oilers Would Have Been “A Good Playoff Team” (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Paul Coffey Breaks Bobby Orr’s Single Season Goal Record (Oilersnation)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Definitely A Different Mentality With This Year’s Oilers (Sportsnet)

Leon Draisaitl’s Top Plays From The 2019-20 Season… So Far (Sportsnet)

NHL History: Gretzky Becomes First Teenager To Score 50 Goals In A Season (Oilersnation)

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If Play Does Not Resume, 5 Notable Questions That Will Go Unanswered In Edmonton (Athletic)