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Rogers Place floods from summer storm, Oilers Hawks betting preview, projecting Ethan Bear’s trajectory, Raphael Lavoie profile, 2020 sleeper picks, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

The big story, of course, is the flooding at Rogers Place. Reports maintain that the damage is limited to Ford Hall and possibly some entrances, and is no threat to the NHL’s hub city plans.

Lowetide takes a look at 20 players who don’t crack Bob McKenzie’s 2020 Draft list.

Diving into betting options and lines in advance of the Oilers qualifying series with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ethan Bear was truly revelatory for the Oilers this season, playing huge minutes and stabilizing not only the right side of defense, but also Darnell Nurse’s game. What’s his ceiling?

Raphael Lavoie might be the coveted volume shooter that the Oilers need. That he’s huge and right handed surely helps.

Matt Benning, now a father of a newborn baby named Miles, would love to win a Stanley Cup as consolation for not holding his son while he’s inside the bubble.

The Oilers will require their two best players, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, to bring their best if they hope to advance through the qualifying rounds and beyond.

Looking back at the playoff history between Edmonton and Chicago.

The WHL, which operates in six different health jurisdictions, might not have a 2020-21 season.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Stay safe, and we’ll see you Monday.

From Us

Storm Brings Flooding To Rogers Place (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Thursday, July 16 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

The 20 Best Players For The 2020 Draft Not On The McKenzie List (Lowetide)

Oilers Need To Fix Their Salary Cap Situation…Here’s How (THW)

An Oilers Vs Blackhawks Betting Preview (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers May Have Finally Found That Elusive Volume Shooter (Journal)

Flooding Damages Edmonton’s Rogers Place, But No Threat To Hub City Plans Yet (CBC)

Oilers Confident Flooding At Rogers Place Won’t Affect NHL’s Return (Score)

Oh, Baby, Would Matt Benning Love To Win A Stanley Cup (Sun)

Oilers Pipeline: Tomas Mazura Is A Long-Term Prospect Who’ll Be In USHL (Sun)

What To Expect From Gaëtan Haas This Summer (Oilersnation)

Oilers Coach Dave Tippett Not Worried About Battle Of Alberta Exhibition (Oilers Rig)

McDavid, Draisaitl Will Need Their Best To Carry Oilers Through Playoffs (Sportsnet)

Oilers Optimistic They Have What It Takes For Extended Playoff Run (Sportsnet)

Edmonton Vs Chicago: A Playoff History (Oilers Rig)

Will The WHL Have A Season? (Oilersnation)

For Money

The Next Ones: Can Ethan Bear Be The Next Jake Gardiner? (Athletic)