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Hot Links: Thursday, August 26

T25 U25 SZN, forecasting the 2022 Olympic team, no Penticton rookie tournament, Rocket Richard Trophy frontrunners, vaccine mandates, division previews, and MORE!

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NHL: MAR 29 Oilers at Maple Leafs Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morning, folks.

First thing’s first:

Don’t do this. Do not trade Jesse Puljujarvi. (Aside: wow that’s a shit name to spell when your ‘j’ key doesn’t work. That’s a lot of ALT+106.)

Moving on.

Our T25 U25 is set to launch next Friday. Stay tuned tomorrow, then, for the 2021 FAN VOTE edition, where you can have your say and rank the Oilers prospects yourselves. We’ll keep the survey up for a week and then see the results when we release our #1 a couple weeks later. Three guesses on who that might be.

And, finally:

At first, my reaction was: only third-worse? Seems generous. I know not everybody feels this way, but for me, this summer was a complete, top-to-bottom disaster. It’s hard for me to see a worse run team.

But then you think about Buffalo, Arizona, and even Vancouver. There are some horrifically run teams in the NHL. It’s actually unbelievable.

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