Frozen Fantasy: Look Past Assumptions

Frozen Fantasy: Look Past Assumptions

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

This week has been one of the worst the NHL has faced. The allegations – and emerging facts – are both appalling and disgusting. And revelations about psychological abuse by other veteran coaches further exposes the toxicity of the NHL – no, hockey.

Don Cherry – you were the tipping point.

I applaud everyone who has come forward. Hockey will be better once it emerges from this dark phase. It's still a great game.

I don't want to give this issue any more traction. There has to be something else interesting in our hockey world.

And there is.

I heard something Friday that really piqued my curiosity. In part because it was controversial. And part because I wished I'd thought of it first.

Intrigued? Hope so.

Ready? The Edmonton Oilers are for real. Yah, that's a little controversial, But the bigger controversies? They have the top two players in the NHL. And one of the best young bluelines in the NHL.

Did I miss something? Did you?

I'd ignored Leon Draisaitl's production. I keep looking at the Mile High Crew (Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen), Nikita Kucherov, Sidney Crosby and even Auston Matthews as the league's elite.

But the blueline? I'd assumed that was still a wasteland.

The emergence of Ethan Bear has been a revelation. Darnell Nurse plays with a snarl. Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom are exactly the kind of steady rudders every team wants on their back end. Caleb Jones simply hasn't looked

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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