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7. One of the less talked about Oilers this offseason has been James Neal. My dark horse prediction for 2020-2021? This Neal scores 25. He would have hit that last season if he hadn’t been injured and then played that way longer than most people think. When he’s healthy, Neal can still score in this league … especially on a Power Play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
6. I agree with the depth that Ken Holland built at 4C. But I would be lying to you if I said I was convinced that he found “the” solution. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Ken feels the same way. But in this current COVID economic climate, there will be ample opportunity to pick up a cheap 4C veteran by the deadline if any of the 3 existing applicants (including Gaetan Haas, Alan Quine and Jujhar khaira) do not grab the ring.
5. Some Oilers fans are rightly concerned that the prospect of goalkeepers Ilya Konovalov has played less than half of Lokomtiv’s games so far this KHL season. But Sean Patrick Ryan (@TheOilKnight), who here invites to The cult of hockey when we assess the outlook, intelligently indicates a reason. Eddie Pasqualeis in fact the goalkeeper for this club this year. And Pasquale has appeared in 11 games and is 9-0, with a 0.98 GAA, 0.960 SV% and 4 shutouts.
4. A first reflection on Dominik Kahun: The fact that he is now here and not yet in Pittsburgh is Jim Rutherford knows that at 71, the clock on him to win another cup is running out. the Conor Shearydeal was a short-sighted Rutherford shaker. So I’m wondering if Buffalo will end up feeling the same way spending all that dough in the short term? Taylor Hall (if he doesn’t sign again, that is) and qualify Kahun instead? More information on the latest Oiler in a bit …