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Diving deep into the #Oilers’ power play, Philip Broberg’s staying, more from Ken Holland’s availability, scrimmage highlights, and MORE!

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NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Morning, folks!

Busy news day yesterday with Ken Holland speaking to the media about all things Oilers. The biggest story? Surely Philip Broberg, who was originally scheduled to head back to Sweden for SHL training camp, now set to say in Edmonton for the duration of the playoffs has to be up there.

Curiously, for all the fanfare we’re hearing about Broberg, we’re hearing nothing about Evan Bouchard, who, by most accounts, is (or was) further ahead coming into camp.

During scrimmage yesterday, Connor McDavid took a puck in the melon courtesy Zack Kassian, but he only missed a few moments and was back out there for Team Blue.

Speaking of the scrimmage, Mike Smith — the goalie that should NOT start game 1, as far as I can see it — got shellacked last night, like a high school woodworking project.

Word on the street is the Oilers and OEG are planning on hosting a drive-in beer gardens watch party type situation where the old Baccarat used to be. I cannot properly express how absolutely the dumbest that idea is.

I have more quips, but that’s not what you came for. Get your fix and get the hell on with your life. We’ll see you back again tomorrow.

From Us

Powering up in Chicago (Copper and Blue)

Philip Broberg Will Remain With Edmonton For The Playoffs (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Wednesday, July 22 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Get Ready (Lowetide)

Philip Broberg Turning Heads At Oilers Camp, Will Join Team In Playoff Bubble (Sportsnet)

McDavid Shakes It Off After Getting Hit In The Head By Kassian Dump-In (Sportsnet)

Five Reasons The Oilers Will Beat The Hawks (Oilersnation)

Oilers Netminder Mike Smith Given A Rough Ride In Scrimmage Loss (Sun)

Ken Holland Won’t Have To Move Very Far To Find Oilers’ Hub (Sun)

Holland On Oilers’ Unique Opportunity, Chances Against Blackhawks (Sportsnet)

Report: Toews Voted Against Return-To-Play Plan, CBA Extension (Score)

31 Thoughts Podcast: The Best McDavid Yet? (Sportsnet)

Recipe For Disaster (Oilersnation)

What To Expect From Connor McDavid This Summer (Oilersnation)

For Money

Notes From Oilers’ Scrimmage: McDavid Flies, Jones Adapts, Athanasiou Stalls (Athletic)

Lowetide: Imagining The City Of Edmonton With The Oilers In A Deep Playoff Run (Athletic)