Procurement

by Lowetide

One of the things I wanted to look at when we got a chance is Ken Holland’s procurement sources. Does he sign a bunch of college kids in order to supplement the draft picks or are there six AHL veterans on the roster? And, how does that compare to the Oilers? Here’s a look, since 2010. Photo by Rob Ferguson.

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I have wondered about procurement pipelines for Holland’s Red Wings versus the Oilers for some time. Turns out, the sources of first year pro players are the same, and the volume is very similar. Here’s a 10-year (2010-19) look at the rookies, before we start looking year by year.

THE 2010-11 TEAMS

The Oklahoma City Barons made the playoffs while the Grand Rapids Griffins did not. The Oilers had 14 draft picks on that roster, including newcomers Jeff Petry, Linus Omark, ChrisVandeVelde, Teemu Hartikainen and Milan Kytnar. A nice group of rookie pros, Oilers didn’t reap those rewards fully but some careers started in Oklahoma USA that fall and winter.

Detroit had two rookie draft picks, Brendan Smith and Joakim Andersson. Oilers had the better rookies, but Detroit had the better group matriculating in years two and three of entry deals. Tomas Tatar (in his second AHL season) led the way.

2011-12 TEAMS

Now that we have the rosters 2010-11 established, I’m looking at just rookies. Gustav Nyqvist leads the way for Detroit, Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil all showed promise.

Edmonton’s new group boasted Tyler Pitlick as the frontrunner, with Curtis Hamilton, Antti Tyrvainen and Kirill “Eager” Tulupov joining in. Pitlick was a highly touted player in 2010, but injuries slowed his development. Nyqvist, a fourth rounder, would emerge as the player Edmonton hoped Pitlick (or others in the second round) would turn into by 2014.

2012-13 TEAMS

This is a pretty even procurement count. Edmonton signed Justin Schultz and Taylor Fedun, plus draft picks Martin Marincin, Toni Rajala, Ryan Martindale, Brandon Davidson and Olivier Roy turned pro. That’s a solid rookie crop of pro hockey players.

Detroit’s grads included Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening, Petr Mrazek, Thomas Jurco. There is no high skill player here but several useful pieces and Mrazek has enjoyed a solid career.

Edmonton probably had the better players overall, but Detroit got more seasons of NHL production. Tough call. I’ll give the edge to Edmonton. You?

2013-14 TEAMS

Edmonton’s Oscar Klefbom is a notable player, with David Musil, Martin Gernat and Travis Ewanyk representing the Edmonton Oil Kings. College free agent Andrew Miller had an impact at the AHL level, and Kale Kessy was the minor league acquisition for the rights to Tobias Rieder.

Detroit had Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen, Martin Frk, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Alexei Marchenko.

Good crop, nod to Edmonton, but notice how Detroit gets at least some value out of a pedestrian rookie crop. Nick Jensen is a good NHL defenseman. Oilers were giving up on players too soon in this era. Jensen was drafted in 2009, became a regular in the NHL 2016-17. There’s a lesson there.

2014-15 ROOKIES

This was a fascinating winter in Detroit. Rookie draft picks were excellent, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Marek Tvrdon all showing promise. The team signed a Euro (Tomas Nosek) and a promising college player (Mark Zengerle) in a year where there’s more activity than normal. The Nosek signing was solid.

Part of the reason could have been trades made by Holland that offloaded Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark, Calle Jarnkrok and some picks for long in the tooth NHL help. Holland was adding from everywhere because of those trades, similar to what we saw with Haas and Nygard in Edmonton last summer.

The Oilers added Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira, Dillon Simpson and Mitch Moroz, and a solid college man in Jordan Oesterle, plus the Euro Iiro Pakarinen. Detroit wins the day, Holland’s trades have the look of a GM who has some urgency.

2015-16 TEAMS

Edmonton boasted Anton Slepyshev, Kyle Platzer, Greg Chase and Joey Laleggia, with Braden Christoffer getting a contract on a tryout and Eetu Laurikainen coming over for a try in North America. The Red Wings were quiet, with Tyler Bertuzzi and Zach Nastasiuk turning pro. College free agent Robbie Russo was the other rookie for Detroit. The only actual NHL player is Bertuzzi, so Detroit wins.

2016-17 ROOKIES

Detroit’s draft rookies were Evgeni Svechnikov and Dominic Turgeon, college free agents Daniel Renouf and Kyle Criscuolo and CHL free agent Joe Hicketts.

The Oilers draft rookie was Jesse Puljujarvi, and the college free agents (Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell). Puljujarvi gives Edmonton the edge in a race no one is watching.

2017-18 TEAMS

Edmonton graduated Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear (draft picks), Joe Gambardella and Colin Larkin (college) and Ryan Mantha (CHL free agent). No first round picks but quality with Jones and Bear.

Detroit turned Filip Hronek pro. Axel Holmstrom and Vili Saarijarvi also arrived in the AHL. College men were Luke Esposito and Dominik Shine. Edmonton has the edge, although Hronek is a worthy player.

2018-19 TEAMS

Detroit graduated a bunch of its most famous prospects to pro hockey, including Filip Zadina, Dennis Cholowski, Givani Smith, David Pope and Christoffer Ehn. Libor Sulak and Patrik Rybar were the Europeans.

Edmonton’s five draft picks are Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Benson, William Lagesson, Tyler Vesel and Dylan Wells. The trade brought in Cooper Marody, Cam Hebig was the CHL free agent and the college kids are Shane Starrett and Logan Day. Zadina wins it for Detroit but Edmonton has a nice list.

2019-20 TEAMS

Oilers had a strong group of rookies, led by draft picks Evan Bouchard, Ryan McLeod, Kirill Maksimov, Dmitri Samorukov and Stuart Skinner. Joel Persson is the Euro.

Detroit also enjoyed an impressive group, with defenseman Moritz Seider plus forwards Joe Veleno and Michael Rasmussen leading the way. Gustav Lindstrom and Chase Pearson also made their pro debuts. College men are Taro Hirose, Ryan Kuffner, Alec McCrea and Jarid Lukosevicius. Too soon to know who has the edge.

DETROIT’S ASSEMBLY LINE 2010-19

Seider, Veleno, Rasmussen and others will be added, but as the decade closes the DRW have produced 15 men with 200+ games or on a trajectory for same. About 1.5 a year, with some impressive talents. I didn’t include Tatar because he wasn’t a rookie pro in 2010-11.

THE OILERS PIPELINE 2010-19

The defensive group has some terrific names and there are more on the way. The eight names here include several top-4 players who have been able to hold on to a feature job for years. The forward group isn’t large nor does it offer a proven offensive talent, although Yamamoto appears poised to cover that bet.

Which crop from the farm do you prefer?

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OriginalPouzar

We had had quite a bit of chat earlier about the potential for amnesty buyouts for next season.

Some thought that both the owners and players want them and others thought no way the owners agree to them if they are de-linking the cap from HRR the next few years and artificially increasing it – the players will be “in debt” to the owners over a few years and the owners wouldn’t want, as a group, more money leaving the system.

McKenzie confirms the RTP/CBA do NOT contain amnesty buyouts – as predicted.

As an aside, November 1 will be free agency day!!!

OriginalPouzar

What I’ve really like about Holland’s recent work is the AHL contract signings.

It’s important to supplement the “real prospects” with some additional skill.

Development is the top priority for the AHL but winning matters and helps foster development.

Brantford Boy

My gut says DRW has the better list… with that said both lists have players no longer with the organization so it makes it a little tougher to assess this exercise, and sadly “most” are from the Oilers roster. Further we have two of the DRW players. As you mentioned Oilers defense wins the day, but man Petry sure would be tipping the scale here. DRW also has a goalie which is a pretty big deal.

I’m surprised to see Shultz has more games played than Klefbom, ugh… injuries.

I think one thing from these charts is certain… we need to draft more forwards, its not even close.

N64

OriginalPouzar: McKenzie confirms the RTP/CBA do NOT contain amnesty buyouts – as predicted.

As an aside, November 1 will be free agency day!!!

Without this CBA extension and smoothing and with no playoffs this year and escrow popping through the roof a small cap decline and an amnesty buyout would have been an improvement. Not needed in the current scenario and counter productive as noted by the BobFather.

After the playoffs both parties can still agree to amend the current Oct. 31 expiry date to move up free agency day. If there’s a big gap from season ending to Nov. 1 would strongly predict earlier date.

jonrmcleod

Someone should write an article to get people like me caught up–people who haven’t paid attention to hockey news since the league shut down.

Is Edmonton one of the hub cities, or was that just speculation?

defmn

Still speculation although I think it is very close to becoming a done deal. Still not ratified by the players as far as I know.

I also haven’t seen any confirmation which conference will play where. I think people are assuming that the WC will play in Edmonton and the EC in Toronto but I have not seen any confirmation of that either.

Elgin R

Interesting that during this season the Oilers had three players off the DRW pipeline list. Jurco was hampered by injury but I think he is a NHL player and may be a good 2-way signing.

Development was not very good in the Oiler organization until Woodcroft took over in Bakersfield. It appeared that Nelson played AHL vets over younger players which delayed development?

Oilers now drafting skill with speed (no more coke cans), and with a good development plan (patience) will be rewarded.

Petry is one of the better players on either list. Trading a second-pairing RHD (Petry) in his prime for a 2nd and a 5th is not a good use of assets. Then compound that by trading a #1 LW for another second-pairing RHD just 1-year later.

Darth Tu

Man, I think I have to go with DRW here. Part of this is purely driven by the fact that Petry is elsewhere and my inability to not be grumpy about that.

Turns out we were doing the right thing in terms of D-draft and development. Marino in Pittsburgh as well is another positive sign we were at least on the right track.

Forward wise it would be good to see AHL grads getting closer to the Yam level.

Rondo

Regarding the draft lottery.

What happens if they play the Qualifying Round and after that NHL suspends the season. Are the losing teams part of the lottery or is it automatic that the 8 worst records in the lottery draft ?

N64

Even wierder case would be terminating with some play ins completed and others in progress.

geowal

defmn:
Still speculation although I think it is very close to becoming a done deal. Still not ratified by the players as far as I know.

I also haven’t seen any confirmation which conference will play where. I think people are assuming that the WC will play in Edmonton and the EC in Toronto but I have not seen any confirmation of that either.

I’d heard opposite – west would play in Toronto – to limit any home ice/facility advantage, and vice versa with Edmonton.

Darth Tu

geowal: I’d heard opposite – west would play in Toronto – to limit any home ice/facility advantage, and vice versa with Edmonton.

Isn’t our record better on the road this season?

Pushing Edmonton to the east still seems ludicrous, every team plays on the same rink, any home advantage is gone within 2 or 3 games as each team works out how to play to the surface etc.

N64

OriginalPouzar: We had had quite a bit of chat earlier about the potential for amnesty buyouts for next season.

Another case to consider. Based on the past you’d expect the deal to include this year’s regular season bonuses to be paid based on extrapolated numbers. Fine for the players but that could put teams in cap hell next year. In return to locking in on that how about a one-time exemption on carrying bonus overages forward to next year?

N64

Darth Tu: Isn’t our record better on the road this season?

Pushing Edmonton to the east still seems ludicrous, every team plays on the same rink, any home advantage is gone within 2 or 3 games as each team works out how to play to the surface etc.

Heard that talk early and then the NHL saying possible either way and later chatter saying no crossover. The Van/Vegas case was apparently Vegas in the East.

N64

Bob McKenzie
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With Edmonton and Toronto being chosen as the two NHL Hub cities, the question most often asked now is, which of the two will play host to the Stanley Cup final and Conference finals?

The answer, apparently, is Edmonton.

4m
I’m guessing the rationale for that decision is simply based on public health/safety/numbers. Whatever the reason(s), Edmonton it will be.

OriginalPouzar

As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

N64

OriginalPouzar:
As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

Implication is that it might have been Edmonton over Toronto if Vegas was the other hub. Cuts right over all of that Edmonton is only in on account of Vegas dropping.

~ Province has a great video of the Jasper Park Lodge quarantine location for locking up certain Toronto media when they arrive ~

Update: 14 days quarantine that applies to news media from out of country extended to Aug 31. Too late to add Cathal Kelly to the list?

PennersPancakes

geowal,

Id have to check the twitter feed again but I remember initially hearing that then much more recently that idea being nixed.

I think the big issue with that is you cant just move the host teams, youd have to move the teams they play as well and create a ripple affect of moving teams and scheduling games outside their time zones.

Ex.
Oilers cant play at home so they have to go to Toronto.
Chicago also then has to go to Toronto.
If Chicago wins,they have to fly back to Edmonton to play Dallas.
If Edmonton wins, they have to fly Dallas to Toronto.

Then for scheduling they have to schedule an east coast game based on west coast times. So if you want a 6-7pm mountain time start you have to get the Oilers and Hawks to play at 8-9. None of this is impossible but I think the league figured fuck it, the extra logistics and travel during a pandemic is too much for a small possible advantage.

Elgin R

N64:
Bob McKenzie
@TSNBobMcKenzie
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With Edmonton and Toronto being chosen as the two NHL Hub cities, the question most often asked now is, which of the two will play host to the Stanley Cup final and Conference finals?

I will happily pay $1000 for a social-distanced seat in the nose-bleeds to watch the Oilers win the SC.

MachDavid

I’ve been away from Edmonton for some time but born there so still an Edmontonite in heart and very happy to hear the playoffs and the finals will be in Edmonton “I’m so glad, I’ll so glad, i’m glad i’m glad i’m glad (with Ginger Baker drum solo)”

Reja

PennersPancakes:
geowal,

Id have to check the twitter feed again but I remember initially hearing that then much more recently that idea being nixed.

I think the big issue with that is you cant just move the host teams, youd have to move the teams they play as well and create a ripple affect of moving teams and scheduling games outside their time zones.

Ex.
Oilers cant play at home so they have to go to Toronto.
Chicago also then has to go to Toronto.
If Chicago wins,they have to fly back to Edmonton to play Dallas.
If Edmonton wins, they have to fly Dallas to Toronto.

Then for scheduling they have to schedule an east coast game based on west coast times. So if you want a 6-7pm mountain time start you have to get the Oilers and Hawks to play at 8-9. None of this is impossible but I think the league figured fuck it, the extra logistics and travel during a pandemic is too much for a small possible advantage.

I can’t see it being crossover due to the time change makes zero sense business wise.

jtblack

OriginalPouzar:
As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

It’s only fitting Connor and Leon lift the Cup on home ice 🙂

digger50

Yes, I’m pretty high on Edmonton in the finals. There will be no stopping this club if they stay healthy.

Crazy Pedestrian

PennersPancakes:
geowal,

Id have to check the twitter feed again but I remember initially hearing that then much more recently that idea being nixed.

I think the big issue with that is you cant just move the host teams, youd have to move the teams they play as well and create a ripple affect of moving teams and scheduling games outside their time zones.

Ex.
Oilers cant play at home so they have to go to Toronto.
Chicago also then has to go to Toronto.
If Chicago wins,they have to fly back to Edmonton to play Dallas.
If Edmonton wins, they have to fly Dallas to Toronto.

Then for scheduling they have to schedule an east coast game based on west coast times. So if you want a 6-7pm mountain time start you have to get the Oilers and Hawks to play at 8-9. None of this is impossible but I think the league figured fuck it, the extra logistics and travel during a pandemic is too much for a small possible advantage.

I imagine that even though there won’t be any fans in the stands, Edmonton fans will still be flooding the surrounding area (Hopefully in a socially distant manner) for every Oilers game. If the Oilers win the cup, I can totally see other team fans complaining about this and saying Edmonton had an unfair advantage. They are all definitely going to be putting an “Asterik” on this years Stanley Cup if it turns out to be the Oilers.

I however, would not care. GO OILERS GO!

leadfarmer

OriginalPouzar:
As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

I’m shocked at how well the NHL has handled this. I really was expecting Vegas and Florida as hubs and cancelling play before the playoffs
I would even set up a backup plan for Toronto if they need to move

frjohnk

Flames will win the cup this year on Edmonton ice.

You heard it here first.

Munny

MachDavid,

Great nick!

OriginalPouzar

N64: Without this CBA extension and smoothing and with no playoffs this year and escrow popping through the roof a small cap decline and an amnesty buyout would have been an improvement. Not needed in the current scenario and counter productive as noted by the BobFather.

After the playoffs both parties can still agree to amend the current Oct. 31 expiry date to move up free agency day. If there’s a big gap from season ending to Nov. 1 would strongly predict earlier date.

The agreement caps escrow at 20% for this coming year and then a reduction over the next few years (and includes a 10% one-time salary deferral for this coming year which means the players won’t have to pay the high escrow (which will all go to the owners) on that 10% which they will get back later).

I think the financial metrics are a massive win for the players – the owners are agreeing to be made whole over a number of years.

With no return to play, escrow was potentially 35%-40% for next season and in the 27%-28% range if they do finish the entire season as projected.

OriginalPouzar

N64: Another case to consider. Based on the past you’d expect the deal to include this year’s regular season bonuses to be paid based on extrapolated numbers.Fine for the players but that could put teams in cap hell next year. In return to locking in on that how about a one-time exemption on carrying bonus overages forward to next year?

Normally performance bonuses shouldn’t hit teams too hard given they are only included in ELCs and plus 35 contracts.

Given Mike Smith is one game played away from an extra $250K and another 5 games from a further $250K, I could very well see the full $500K being awarded.

The Oilers will incur a cap penalty for bonus overage for next season (unless the league comes to some sort of conclusion/agreement that bonuses based on pro-rating, while payable, won’t effect the cap).

godot10

OriginalPouzar:
As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

There are four teams in the Conference finals. In Edmonton, since the DCA is within the bubble, it means no bussing to practice and no bussing to games.

In Toronto, the teams would have to bus to either to practice or to the games.

N64

OriginalPouzar: The agreement caps escrow at 20% for this coming year and then a reduction over the next few years (and includes a 10% one-time salary deferral for this coming year which means the players won’t have to pay the high escrow (which will all go to the owners) on that 10% which they will get back later).

I think the financial metrics are a massive win for the players – the owners are agreeing to be made whole over a number of years.

With no return to play, escrow was potentially 35%-40% for next season and in the 27%-28% range if they do finish the entire season as projected.

A small cap decline would have shared the pain more evenly between old and new contracts than the 40% escrow scenario I expected in March.

Whether or not they the playoffs are completed, the extended CBA and more cap/escrow certainty is good news.

N64

OriginalPouzar: Normally performance bonuses shouldn’t hit teams too hard given they are only included in ELCs and plus 35 contracts.

Given Mike Smith is one game played away from an extra $250K and another 5 games from a further $250K, I could very well see the full $500K being awarded.

The Oilers will incur a cap penalty for bonus overage for next season (unless the league comes to some sort of conclusion/agreement that bonuses based on pro-rating, while payable, won’t effect the cap).

Exactly the point raised. If the NHL is going to lean in to enable those bonuses (which grievance probably would have delivered) they can also lean in to not apply them to the cap. Don’t have to but they could.

N64

godot10: There are four teams in the Conference finals.In Edmonton, since the DCA is within the bubble, it means no bussing to practice and no bussing to games.

In Toronto, the teams would have to bus to either to practice or to the games.

Will only drop from 0.6 sheets per team to 0.5 when they consolidate. So yes doable without the Terwilligar sheets.

N64

frjohnk:
Flames will win the cup this year on Edmonton ice.

You heard it here first.

Or the Dys. And we can riot on behalf of their fans.

OriginalPouzar

No surprise but the reignited Penticton Young Stars Tournament has been canceled for this year.

I was so excited that Holland led the charge to bring it back.

PREDICKTER

OriginalPouzar:
As per McKenzie, the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Edmonton.

Wow, that’s a shocker to me.

Surprised that they have decided that so early and that its Edmonton over Toronto.

Edmonton it is. Seems like the dominoes have fallen nicely, with the Oilers being the ONLY team in the playoffs that can win the Cup on home ice. More fuel for our dynamic duo, and the rest of them. 2020 Cup Champions. Book it. Bet on it.

Harpers Hair

Reid Boucher on why he signed in the KHL ….he’s convinced there will be no AHL season.

John Chambers

This tournament will offer outstanding goodwill from the Oilers and the City of Edmonton to a key group: NHL players.

If you’re Mikael Granlund or Alex Pietrangelo, the only thing you know about Edmonton is the snow. Their summer tournament experience should be first-class on a variety of fronts.

Between McDavid and Draisaitl’s prime, and the exposure to Alberta’s best in terms of safety, services, and seasonal beauty, I bet Edmonton becomes a far more attractive career choice for NHL’ers.

ArmchairGM

godot10: There are four teams in the Conference finals.In Edmonton, since the DCA is within the bubble, it means no bussing to practice and no bussing to games.

In Toronto, the teams would have to bus to either to practice or to the games.

Why? I thought the Toronto proposal included a CNE / Hotel X bubble location. The Coca-Cola Coliseum (Marlies – AHL) is on the CNE grounds.

Edit: I may have misread your statement, specifically the “or”. Five of the six ice sheets in the Toronto proposal would require bussing: The Scotiabank center and the Ford Performance Center.

N64

jonrmcleod: Someone should write an article to get people like me caught up–people who haven’t paid attention to hockey news since the league shut down.

Is Edmonton one of the hub cities, or was that just speculation?

Well, you really only need a July 1 update:

1. US crossed 50K cases per day July 1 led by the Southern surge.

Q Dr. Fauci says that we’re heading towards 100,000 cases per day…

Baghdad MCENANY: One thing I would note, with regard to cases: We’re aware that there are embers in the country.

2. Also July 1:

@TSNBobMcKenzie

Barring any last-minute complications, and we have seen some of those (Vancouver and Las Vegas), the two NHL Hub cities will be Edmonton and Toronto.

Reja

PREDICKTER: Edmonton it is. Seems like the dominoes have fallen nicely, with the Oilers being the ONLY team in the playoffs that can win the Cup on home ice. More fuel for our dynamic duo, and the rest of them. 2020 Cup Champions. Book it. Bet on it.

Will this be the first time in NHL playoff history a home team is classified as a road team last change, road on the scoreboard etc?

N64

ArmchairGM: Why? I thought the Toronto proposal included a CNE / Hotel X bubble location. The Coca-Cola Coliseum (Marlies – AHL) is on the CNE grounds.

Is there a 2nd sheet out there?

jtblack

John Chambers:
This tournament will offer outstanding goodwill from the Oilers and the City of Edmonton to a key group: NHL players.

If you’re Mikael Granlund or Alex Pietrangelo, the only thing you know about Edmonton is the snow. Their summer tournament experience should be first-class on a variety of fronts.

Between McDavid and Draisaitl’s prime, and the exposure to Alberta’s best in terms of safety, services, and seasonal beauty, I bet Edmonton becomes a far more attractive career choice for NHL’ers.

good point.

Reja

I wonder how compact the schedule will be now that there’s no travel and the players will be cooped up in their hotel rooms. I would say most players would want to play most everyday and get this bizarre season over with.

John Chambers

Reja:
I wonder how compact the schedule will be now that there’s no travel and the players will be cooped up in their hotel rooms. I would say most players would want to play most everyday and get this bizarre season over with.

It should be every second day, even once a series concludes.

ArmchairGM

N64: Is there a 2nd sheet out there?

I don’t believe so.

N64

ArmchairGM: I don’t believe so.

Likely 1 sheet is not enough between games and practice. If 10 teams required 4 sheets min (Edmonton using 6 in early rounds) 1 sheet for 4 teams is tight.

Darth Tu

John Chambers: It should be every second day, even once a series concludes.

Makes sense. Also capitalize on a somewhat captive audience by having hockey every day, no breaks.

It’s going to be like world cup group stage times at first.

OriginalPouzar

jonrmcleod:
Someone should write an article to get people like me caught up–people who haven’t paid attention to hockey news since the league shut down.

Is Edmonton one of the hub cities, or was that just speculation?

The RTP plan is still being finalized but, from all accounts, Edmonton as one of the two hubs is baked in there.

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