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2020 Draft stuff, ‘off-Broadway’ prospects, seasons-in-review, Raphael Lavoie deep dive, what to do with Mike Smith, Oilers memories, Philip Broberg, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Running a bit behind schedule this morning, so rather than bloviate like I’m wont to do, let’s dive right in:

Player reviews for both Matt Benning and Andreas Athanasiou.

Should the Oilers be scouring lesser leagues for prospects in this year’s draft? Prior forays into such leagues have yielded names like Khaira, Marincin, and Marino in the past.

Raphael Lavoie projects to be a shot generating monster. Even more than his usage might suggest.

Does it make sense to run it back with Mike Smith next year? (No, probably.)

Can you even fathom that it’s been a full two months since the NHL’s official postponement of the 2019-20 season?

In 2006, the Oilers were in the midst of flipping their series with San Jose in their favor.

Edmonton wants Philip Broberg on the expanded roster if the season resumes.

Ryan Rishaug (with the help of a doctor) blue-skied some possible changes to the game to facilitate play during the pandemic. They were mostly bad.

Georges Laraque discussed his past with Jason Gregor, detailing the constant racism and abuse he dealt with growing up. It’s devastating. Brace yourself.

From Us

Hot Links: Tuesday, May 12 (Copper and Blue)

FANPOST: A Modest Proposal to Improve the NHL Draft (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

2020 Draft Countdown No. 70-66: Pavel Tyutnev, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Eemil Viro, Roby Jarventie, Dylan Peterson (Oilersnation)

The Oilers And The Hinterlands (Lowetide)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Matt Benning (Oilersnation)

Ken Holland’s Upcoming Dilemma: Should Edmonton Oilers Bring Back Mike Smith? (Journal)

Two Months Later… (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Jason Smith Paces Edmonton Oilers In 2006 Game Four Win Over San Jose Sharks (Oilersnation)

The Oilers Would Like Philip Broberg To Be Part Of The Team’s Expanded Roster, If Play Resumes (Oilersnation)

2020 Draft Countdown No. 75-71: Dmitri Zlodeyev, Ryan Francis, Will Cuylle, Brett Berard, Daniel Torgersson (Oilersnation)

Hard Pass (Oilersnation)

Laraque Overcame Abusive Father To Reach Goals (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Andreas Athanasiou (Oilersnation)

Jari Kurri, Karma, And The 2020 Draft (Lowetide)

For Money

The Gifted: Why Oilers Prospect Raphael Lavoie Is The Shot Creation King (Athletic)