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Nothing new with conditional picks, RNH’s career so far, CuJo and the 1998 playoffs, more all-time Oilers teams, about that June Draft idea, and MORE!

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Hey, folks!

I don’t know if everyone’s been watching the ESPN/Netflix documentary about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 (and other years, also) Chicago Bulls, but everyone should be. It’s riveting stuff, and very much worth your time if you’re at all interested in sports, basketball, or things in general.

The NHL appears to be pushing very hard for a June draft, but there is still no resolution for all of the conditional draft picks currently in play.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has likely never been the best player on the Oilers in any of his seasons in Edmonton, but the former 1OV has been among the most important players for his whole career here. RNH currently sits 4 points adrift of Shawn Horcoff for tenth in all-time Oilers scoring with 443 points. Wild.

But what’s really wild? Connor McDavid has 469 points, in 253 less (!!!) games.

Might a June draft actually really suck for the Oilers? They’ve got a few picks to recoup and a June draft might make that more difficult. Holland’s said he’d consider trading down for more bullets, but should he?

In early May 1998, an upstart Oilers group managed a 7-game upset of the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche, led by Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg. Curtis Joseph — arguably the best goalie Edmonton’s ever had — posted a shutout in the deciding game.

Jonathan Willis took a crack at building another all-time Oilers roster, but with a new twist: none of them can have played together.

From Us

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From Elsewhere

Still Nothing Official On The James Neal Conditional Pick (Oilersnation)

Why Oilers Should Hope NHL Decides Against A June Draft (THW)

NHL History: Curtis Joseph Posts Second Straight Shutout As Edmonton Oilers Eliminate Colorado Avalanche In 1998 Playoffs (Oilersnation)

NHL Draft In June Is A Terrible Idea (Oilersnation)

Gretzky and Jordan were different and similiar at same time (Sun)

For Money

Lowetide: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Far More Than ‘Also In Photo’ Contributor (Athletic)

Building The Best All-Time Oilers Roster, With A Twist (Athletic)