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Hot Links: Thursday, September 17

Ken Holland continues to stock the cupboards while Oilers find work overseas, but the NHL team needs his attention, too. PLUS: off-season targets, the current state of playoff hockey, 2020 Draft Previews, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Not much in the way of new Oilers news in the last 24 or so hours, but we might be able to offer some clarity to the Leon Draisaitl to Cologne rumors that surfaced in yesterday’s links:

From Mark Spector:

And more, from Julie Robenhymer, a blogger for HockeyBuzz and HockeySverige:

Given that the NHL starting in December (as planned) is far from a guarantee at this point, it will be worth paying attention to the Draisaitl story if, for no other reason, to get an idea as to when it may begin. If Draisaitl starts playing for Cologne, the NHL season is probably a long way away.

In non-NHL news, from TSN’s Darren Dreger;

Another sign perhaps that the NHL isn’t going to be playing in December? If the WJHC is occupying the Edmonton bubble, what will that mean for the Oilers? What will that mean for the league?! We still have no idea what the format might look like, whether fans will be involved, how international travel might work, and so on, and so on, and so on. That the Edmonton bubble will be occupied by a hockey world’s worth of international teams (all whom have presumably followed Canadian quarantine rules pertaining to international arrivals, mind you) for most of December and part of January suggests that the NHL probably won’t be. Time will tell.

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Weekly Rumours – One Week Close To The Madness… (Oilersnation)

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Painful To Watch… (Oilersnation)

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