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T25 U25 FAN VOTE, what makes a successful 21-22 season, NHL pipeline rankings, projecting the opening night lineup, the Kotkaniemi offer sheet, and MORE!

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Morning, everyone! Hope you had a good weekend.

First thing’s first: click HERE to vote for your Top 25 Under 25. Voting will stay open until sometime on Friday afternoon, and the results will be revealed — player by player — as we work our way from our #25 to #1 on starting that same day. Please do vote, inquiring minds want to know precisely what you think about names like Aapeli Rasanen and Michael Kesselring.

Secondly, how about the Carolina Hurricanes tendering an offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, basically strictly for the pettiness, as retaliation for Montreal’s offer sheet to Sebastian Aho a few years back? Amazing theatre.

I think the offer itself is actually bad for Carolina, as most public models suggest Kotkaniemi is a ~20th percentile WAR player who has benefitted greatly from a 20%+ shooting percentage in limited postseason action. A player worth about 33% of $6.1MM at best. But, you never know: maybe Montreal matches? In either case, it’s riveting TV and the most entertaining thing to happen in an NHL offseason in what feels like forever. The pettiness is so, so thick:


Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: Fan Vote (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Friday, August 27 (Copper and Blue)

Forecasting Kailer Yamamoto’s 2021-22 (Copper and Blue)

What Will Be Considered A Successful Season? (ON)

Oilers #7 Prospect Raphaël Lavoie Transitioned Nicely To Pro Hockey With His “Volume Shooter” Rep Intact (EJ)

Pettiness And Tidy Business: The Jesperi Kotkaniemi Offer Sheet Is Amazing (ON)

Women Of Oilersnation: Lauren Hunter (ON)

The Truth At 20 (LT)

Off The Top Of My Head (ON)

31 Thoughts Podcast: Will Canadiens Match Or Move On From Kotkaniemi? (SN)

The Edmonton Oilers Have The Most Stressed Fans In The NHL (ON)

Training Camp Hopeful No. 4: Markus Niemelainen (LT)

NHL Pipeline Rankings: No. 25 Edmonton Oilers Betting On Kailer Yamamoto To Separate From Rest (TA)

Lowetide: Projecting The 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers Opening Night Lineup (TA)

Lowetide: Why Oilers Fans Should Be Excited About The Progress Of Maxim Berezkin (TA)