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Hot Links: Wednesday, September 16

Roundtable part 3, Ken Holland facing critical roster decisions ahead of 20/21 season, Anton Khudobin, the Oilers’ RFAs, Draft 2020, 3C via trade, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Ken Holland has his work cut out for him in the next little while. The Oilers are still a few players away from being better than they were last season, and yet, there is no other option. That they have only a handful (+1) of years of control left of Connor McDavid necessitates them taking a significant step forward this off-season.

Also, possible breaking news, from yesterday:

You read that right, folks. That’s the Edmonton Oilers very own Übermensch, Leon Draisaitl, reportedly heading to Germany to play for the Cologne Sharks. Sounds like the 2020/21 NHL season is far from a guarantee at this point if reigning Art Ross winners are securing work overseas in the meantime.

There was this, too:

This right here is the kind of AHL signing I like: one made by the AHL team.

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