Today's team won five Stanley Cups in their first eleven seasons in the NHL and they're the first franchise outside the Original Six to capture five Cups. Here's the All-Time roster for the Edmonton Oilers:
The Oilers were champions in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990. They lost a seven-game series to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 final.
Right Wing - Jari Kurri The first superstar and hockey Hall of Famer from Finland, Jari Kurri thrived on Wayne Gretzky's wing in Edmonton and Los Angeles. A five-time Stanley Cup champion and 600-goal scorer, Kurri is second to Gretzky in Oilers' annals with 474 goals, 1,043 points, and a +373 plus/minus rating. He ranks 21st in NHL history with 1,398 points and 20th in points per game with 1.118.
Center - Connor McDavid The first overall pick in 2015, Connor McDavid is already ninth in Oilers history with 469 points and his points per game average trails only Gretzky and Kurri. "McJesus" has already won a Hart trophy, two Art Ross trophies, and posted over 100 points in each of his three full seasons. #97 tallied 97 points in 2019-20 and surely would have broken the century mark a fourth time had the campaign not been cut short by Covid.
Right Wing - Glenn Anderson Hall of Famer ranks in the Oilers' top four in career games played, goals, assists, points, and even-strength goals. A six-time Stanley Cup champion, Anderson shares the franchise power-play goal lead with Smyth and owns Edmonton's career mark for game winners with 72.
Center - Doug Weight Acquired from the Rangers in a 1993 trade for Tikkanen, Doug Weight led the rebuilding Oilers back to respectability in the mid-late '90s. The four-time All-Star sits sixth in Oilers' annals with 420 assists and seventh with 577 points. He won a Stanley Cup against his old team in 2006, scored his 1,000th NHL point for the Islanders in 2009, and closed out his career with the King Clancy trophy in 2011.
Center - Leon Draisaitl The NHL's leading scorer and MVP in 2019-20, Leon Draisaitl is already in the Oilers' top ten in goals with 168 and his 422 points are 13th in team history. The German star has a career points per game average of exactly 1.00 - eighth all-time among Oilers - and only four of his countrymen have scored more NHL points.
Right Wing - Jordan Eberle Currently a New York Islander, Jordan Eberle spent the first seven seasons of his career in Edmonton. The Oilers' first-round pick in 2008 is 15th in team history with 382 points and 11th with 165 goals. Only two players scored more goals for the franchise in fewer games than Eberle's 507 appearances.
Defense Pair 1
Defense Pair 2
Charlie Huddy is second in Oilers' annals with 36.1 defensive point shares, fourth in plus/minus with a +245 rating, and tenth in games played with 694. The undrafted free agent played in seven Stanley Cup finals, including all five Oilers victories. Smith is infamous for a Bill Buckner-esque blunder in the 1986 playoffs but his 16-year career included three Stanley Cup rings, three seasons of 40+ assists and 50+ points, and the highest single-season penalty minute total in Oilers history.
Defense Pair 3
Spare - Janne Niinimaa
Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr is first among Oilers goalies in wins and he's Wayne Gretzky's all-time favorite black athlete. Fuhr's point shares score of 70.8 leads all Oilers goalies and ranks sixth among all players in franchise history. However he doesn't lead the franchise in goals against average, era-adjusted GAA, or shutouts. Those franchise records belong to Tommy Salo, an overworked and underrated netminder who lacked Fuhr's (and Bill Ranford's) ability to win big games but was statistically superior (at least to Ranford) in the regular season.
Head Coach: Glen Sather Captain: Wayne Gretzky
I hope you'll join us tomorrow for our next All-Time Team, the Florida Panthers.
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