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Hot Links: Tuesday, August 24

The Oilers and experience. Plus: looking back at free agency, forecasting Jesse Puljujärvi’s season, the Oil Kings’ tragedy, vaccines and attendance, prospects, and MORE!

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Jesse Puljujärvi had a bit of a breakout campaign last season, (generously) pacing for somewhere around the ~40 point mark over an 82 game season playing in a feature EV role alongside Connor McDavid and, at times, Leon Draisaitl. Is he due to take another step offensively? Is Zach Hyman (or, god forbid, Zack Kassian) going to take his job at EV, putting a cap on his production? Will he see any PP1 time at all?

So many questions.

In other news, while the Edmonton Oilers haven’t made it official just yet, expect to require a COVID-19 vaccination inside of you to get you inside of Rogers Place this season. The Calgary Flames have announced a vaccine mandate for all staff and patrons for the 2021-22 season, and it is expected that Edmonton will follow suit.

News broke over the weekend regarding the tragic passing of Edmonton Oil Kings forward Caleb Reimer, along with two other young men — Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson — on Saturday morning. 16 years old. Absolutely tragic. Condolences to all of their families, friends, teammates, coaches, etc.

Yesterday, former NHLer Jimmy Hayes passed away at his home at the age of 31. By all accounts, Hayes was ‘one of the good ones’ and will be dearly missed. Condolences to everyone impacted.

Forecasting Jesse Puljujärvi’s 2021-22 (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Monday, August 23 (Copper and Blue)

Forecasting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ 2021-22 (Copper and Blue)

Oilers’ Stalock Could Have Bigger Than Expected Role (THW)

The Mix (ON)

Just How Well Did The Edmonton Oilers Fare In Free Agency? (ON)

Oilers Fans Should Prepare To Be Vaccinated (ON)

ON’s 2021 Prospects Countdown – No. 14: Ty Tullio (ON)

Don’t Get Too Comfortable (LT)

Making the Oilers: Tyler Benson, Devin Shore and the 4-year difference between a prospect and a has-been (TA)