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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 8

RTP schedule, can McDavid and Draisaitl stay hot, what to do with James Neal, Evan Bouchard highlights, more than just special teams, Broberg and Yamamoto arrive, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

The NHL’s RTP schedule was teased out by the Bobfather yesterday, with games slated to start at 12PM, 4PM, and 8PM every single day. In both cities. There’s going to be so much hockey.

Questions about the state of the Oilers linger as the NHL gears up to resume the season in a few weeks. Can Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl — the league’s leaders in points per game this season — continue their dominance? Which goaltender is the better bet to start? Will any surprises make the team out of Second Camp?

James Neal’s contract was going to be rough with the cap increasing. With the cap staying flat for the next two seasons, it’s downright heinous. Does a buyout make sense? If not, might the Oilers be able to trade him with some retention?

There is a GoFundMe going around for a young Oilers fan, Kaysen, suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, as the treatment for it has a price tag in the millions.

Evan Bouchard’s first professional season saw him finish with 7-29-36 in 54 AHL games, but by most accounts was really picking it up in the second half before the COVID-19 stoppage.

Sure, the Oilers had perhaps the best power play of all time, and were among the top teams on the penalty kill, too, but they were more than that. Some nights more than others perhaps, but still.

Phase 2 is still rocking down at Rogers Place, with Philip Broberg and Kailer Yamamoto joining the group, along with Adam Larsson, Gaetan Haas, Joakim Nygard and Cooper Marody.

We’re getting there, folks.

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From Elsewhere

Can McDavid & Draisaitl Pick Up Where They Left Off? (Sportsnet)

James Neal Buyout More Likely With Flat Salary Cap? (THW)

Let’s Rally Behind Kaysen And His Family (Oilersnation)

Evan Bouchard’s 2019-20 AHL Highlights (Oilersnation)

Oilers Have More Than Just Special Teams (Oilersnation)

Kailer Yamamoto, Phillip Broberg Among New Faces At Edmonton Oilers Phase Two (Oilersnation)

Phase 3 Training Camp Preview: Oilers’ Biggest Question Lies In Net (Sportsnet)

For Money

NHL arena rankings: Grading every team’s rink from best to worst (Athletic)

Down Goes Brown: Playing ‘what if?’ with 5 draft scenarios from NHL history (Athletic)