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T25U25 continues into the top 3, with Evan Bouchard slotting in behind two bona fide studs. PLUS: Oilers to operate at 100% capacity despite AHS also operating at ~100% capacity. AND: MORE!

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Morning, folks.

Not much to say this morning. The Oilers hit the ice tonight for another preseason tilt, at home against the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken. A couple of former Oilers play in Seattle, so this could be a return of some kind for both Jordan Eberle and Adam Larsson. Puck drops a shade past 7PM MST.

I’d love to think we could unanimously agree that operating at anything near full capacity right now is a problem. Unfortunately, the replies on the TL don’t give me much hope.

For me, it comes down to this: the provincial healthcare system is in actual and genuine crisis, and increasing that risk surface for NHL hockey just seems so morally repugnant to me. Even if everyone was vaccinated, it’s a super-spreader event. It just is. While other jurisdictions might be able to get away with doing something like this — because their healthcare system isn’t on the literal brink — Alberta is absolutely boned right now and needs relief, not huge 18,000 person indoor gatherings. I’d love to see the Oilers leading from the front just once.


T25U25

The Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25: #3 Evan Bouchard (Copper and Blue)

The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #4 Kailer Yamamoto (Copper and Blue)

The Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25: #5 Dylan Holloway (Copper and Blue)

The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #6 Raphael Lavoie (Copper and Blue)


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