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The aftermath. What happened? What’s next? The Draft Lottery first. Then Ken Holland has some tough decisions to make.

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Happy Draft Lottery Day, folks!

It’s that time of year where the (hockey) world tunes in to see which teenager will most likely go where, and I guess when. But also, why? Who? What?

So what the hell happened? Why is it that these Edmonton Oilers couldn’t manage to drag their asses over the hump against a pretty ragged Chicago Blackhawks outfit? Just goaltending? Bad D? Bad luck?

Bad team?

This comment stuck with me over the weekend. Not because I disagree or anything, but because Tippett’s stating the obvious: the Oilers aren’t that good. They were the 12th best team in the NHL by points percentage heading into the COVID-19 stoppage, and their head coach — a smart man whose hiring and performance seems to have brought most Oilers fans together, which is a rare thing these days — said that was overachieving.

So, I wonder: if overachieving is slightly above average, what does that make them? Average, at best? Five years into Connor McDavid’s career?

That’s not great.


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