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Phil Kemp: “I kind of have a sneaky offensive game.”

Phil Kemp’s partner on the US National U-18 team in 2016/2017 was Quinn Hughes. Hughes got all the press, and rightfully so, due to his outstanding skills and skating ability. Hughes is 5’10 and 170 pounds, while the right-shooting Kemp is 6’3′ and 205 pounds. Hughes was the flash, while Kemp was the defensive conscience….

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Will a New Partner Help Mike Smith?

Adam Francilia is not a goalie coach by title — he is a trainer who has worked with different NHL skaters — but is likely more known for his work with many NHL goalies. He is a goalie consultant with the San Jose Sharks, but he is free to train and consult with individual goalies….

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Monday Musings…

History tends to repeat itself, until a drastic change is implemented to change course. It is why we have seen, in any sport, the good franchises stay competitive or well-run for years, while the losing franchises stink for years, sometimes decades. Improvement only occurs when a major change in philosophy, approach or personnel is made….

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At Random: About Evan

We still don’t know for sure when, or if, Evan Bouchard is going to arrive as a regular on the Edmonton Oilers’ blueline. The good news, while we wait to find out, is Old Man Bouchard hasn’t been wrecked already by being rushed along the development curve like so many before him.

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At Random: No Chance It’s January

While the NHL, officially at least, is still hoping to start the upcoming season the first week of January, that seems a rather remote possibility for a lot of reasons, as I wrote two weeks ago. Right at the top of that list, COVID-19 doesn’t care what Gary Bettman and hockey fans want.

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The Way Ray Sees It…

While we sit and wait to find exactly out how and when the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL might get up and running again for another season, Bryn Griffiths and I took some time to chat this morning with TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, whose takes on hockey are as solid as anybody I know.