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Hot Links: Thursday, May 21

NHL return seeming more and more likely, the best teams of the last 25 years, Tyler Ennis season review, new 31 Thoughts, Edmonton front-runners to become hub city despite potential play-in game with Chicago, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Sorry for the delay, was a bit tied up this AM and, I mean, what even is a routine now that we’re going on 9+ weeks of isolation/quarantine/whatever it is you’re doing at this point in the pandemic.

Smoke is certainly gathering in terms of the NHL returning — and Edmonton being one of its two hub cities for their proposed 24-team playoff — despite the fact that, in places like Ontario, daily COVID-19 cases are starting to increase again. Hmm. I’d still rather they bin the whole thing, especially if the proposal includes the Oilers having to play a play-in game against Chicago for a playoff spot they already occupy. It all seems a bit ridiculous, and I know that if I were the Oilers, I wouldn’t be helping the league out only for the league to screw me like that. But I digress.

The Athletic took a look at the 25 most dominant teams of the past 50 years. Who comes out on top?

Tyler Ennis joined the Oilers at the trade deadline after a flurry of activity saw them try to position themselves for a playoff run. How did he do? Should the Oilers bring him back?

The latest 31 Thoughts Podcast released, talking about a number of topics, including Matt Duchene’s thoughts about the playoffs, hub cities, the CHL lawsuit, and more.

This summer, Ken Holland will have to make another decision about the goaltenders.

The Oilers are confident that they are among the leading contenders to be an NHL hub city for the resumption of the 2019-20 season and/or playoffs.

From Us

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Underdog Week: Ethan Bear: Edmonton’s Resident Underdog (Copper and Blue)

Underdog Week: Jordan Eberle (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

No More Loud Noises (Lowetide)

WWYDW(TE): Improving The Fanless Game Day Experience (Oilersnation)

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

31 Thoughts Podcast: Hockey In The United States (Sportsnet)

Edmonton Oilers Believe They’re Leading Contenders In NHL Hub City Bid (Sun)

For Money

Ranking The 25 Most Dominant NHL Teams Of The Past 50 Years (Athletic)

Ken Holland’s Likely Approach To The Oilers’ Offseason Goalie Question (Athletic)