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Underdog week at Copper and Blue, Ales Hemsky retires, Jesse Puljujarvi updates, Jordan Eberle, shopping for picks at the Draft, player reviews, Ethan Bear’s next deal, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. A bunch of jurisdictions are easing their restrictions starting this week, so let’s keep it safe and sanitary out there.

A lot to get through this morning, starting with Underdog Week at SBN — and here at the Copper and Blue. Our series started yesterday with Corey’s entry: Jordan Eberle.

2019-20 player reviews for Leon Draisaitl, Mike Green, Markus Granlund, and Tyler Benson among others.

Jesse Puljujarvi’s name keeps being bandied about in potential trades, but it appears that Florida is one place he won’t be going.

Lowetide suggests that Ken Holland should shop for additional picks at the Draft.

Ethan Bear became a cornerstone member of the Oilers’ core this year. His ELC is expiring. What’s next?

The NHL and NHLPA are apparently gaining traction toward a 2-city, 24-team playoff format that could see Edmonton play host to up to a dozen NHL teams.

Ales Hemsky, my favorite Oiler for a large portion of my life, officially retired at the end of last week. We’ll always love you, Ales.

Ryan McLeod had a pretty respectable first professional season with Bakersfield. What might his path forward look like?

What does the path to a 2023 Stanley Cup look like for the Oilers? By then, McDavid and Draisaitl should have at least one.

From Us

Underdog Week: Jordan Eberle (Copper and Blue)

It’s Underdog Week At Copper and Blue (Copper and Blue)

Hemsky officially retires. Dekuju! (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Unsolved Mysteries (Lowetide)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Leon Draisaitl (Oilersnation)

Puljujarvi Trade Scenario Still Very Much In Limbo For Edmonton Oilers (Sun)

Look Back At Ales Hemsky’s Most Famous Goal (Oilers Rig)

53rd And 3rd (Lowetide)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Mike Green (Oilersnation)

Ethan Bear Has The Best “Value Contract” On The Edmonton Oilers, But It’s Expiring. Now What? (Journal)

Report: NHL, NHLPA Discussions On 24-Team Playoff Format ‘Has Produced Some Traction’ (Oilersnation)

A Developing Story (Lowetide)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Markus Granlund (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Tyler Benson (Oilersnation)

Veteran Ales Hemsky, Longtime Oiler, Retires From NHL (CBC Sports)

Friedman: Edmonton Has A Legitimate Chance To Be An NHL Host City (Oilersnation)

Signed, Sealed And Delivered (Lowetide)

Ales Hemsky Announces Retirement After 15-Year Career (Score)

For Money

Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland Should Shop For Picks At The Draft (Athletic)

Lowetide: Exploring Oilers Prospect Ryan McLeod’s Possible NHL Path (Athletic)

What Does The Path To An Oilers Stanley Cup Championship In 2023 Look Like? (Athletic)