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:
Rumour: Leon Draisaitl (F) | Edmonton Oilers -> Kölner Haie | https://t.co/04xyPDP6Y7 #DEL— EP Transfers (@ep_transfers) September 16, 2020
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:
The Condors have signed d-man Ryan Stanton & forward Graham McPhee to one-year contracts!— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) September 15, 2020
Stanton has played 479 @TheAHL games over 9 seasons, including 2 with Bakersfield (2017-2019) while McPhee was drafted by the @EdmontonOilers in 2016 & played 4 seasons with @BCHockey. pic.twitter.com/zzgGHMdpEK
This right here is the kind of AHL signing I like: one made by the AHL team.
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