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Updates

2019-20 Season

Season Recap: The Oilers made the playoffs with 37 wins but lost in the opening round to the Black Hawks. Leon Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, with 43 goals and a league-best 67 assists. Conor McDavid had another great year, with 97 points in 63 games.

March 2, 2020: Leon Draisaitl scored four goals against the Predators to give him 43 for the year. When the NHL season ended two weeks later, he became the third Oilers to lead the league in points (with 107), joining Wayne Gretzky and teammate Conor McDavid.

Season Preview: It may be another long season for Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Edmonton made a lot of moves during the off-season, but did not bring back any true impact players. They hope to see Leon Draiaitl get better and better, and hope for major improvements from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse, who showed flashes of brilliance last year. The team may even promote teenage defensemen Evan Bouchard and Philip Broberg from the minors if they even look close to being ready.

2018-19 Season

Season Recap: Leon Draisaitl finished the season second in the NHL with 50 goals—twice the number he scored the previous season—and Connor McDavid added 41, but the Oilers just missed the playoffs. The team played well on the road but lost several close games at home. Edmonton fans are looking forward to help from prospects Evan Bouchard and Kailer Yamamoto next season.

January 25, 2019: Conor McDavid won the Fastest Skater competition at the NHL All-Star Game.

January 2, 2019: Forward Elias Petterson scored his first hat trick, was named to the All-Star Game, and was honored as NHL Rookie of the Month for December—all on the same day!

December 22, 2018: Connor McDavid became just the sixth player in history to record his 200th assist before turning 22 years old.

Season Preview: After a disappointing 2017–18 season, the Oilers are hoping to rebound behind superstar Connor McDavid, who is everyone’s pick to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies this year. Edmonton will need a big improvement on defense, good performances out of goalies Cam Talbot and Mikko Koskinen, and better luck on the power platy in order to get back on the winning track.

2017-18 Season

Season Recap: Despite a 41-goal season from Connor McDavid, the Oilers played so-so hockey most of the year and fell 10 points short of a return trip to the playoffs. That was a disappointment to fans who thought they might actually compete for the Stanley Cup. To do so would have taken good years from talented but unproven, and that didn’t happen. When McDavid and his linemates were off the ice, Colorado was one of the poorest teams in the NHL.

January 27, 2018: Conor McDavid won the Fastest Skater contest before the NHL All-Star Game, for the second year in a row.

Season Preview: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That old saying seems to be the plan for the Oilers in 2017–18. At age 20, Connor MacDavid is the best all-around player in the NHL, the team’s defense is young and talented, and goalie Cam Talbot is as tough as they come. No one would be surprised to see Edmonton in the Stanley Cup Finals next spring.

2015-16 Season

Season Recap: The Oilers improved by 7 wins but still fell short of the playoffs. Taylor Hall bounced back from his injury the previous season to lead the club with 65 points, while centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl played excellent hockey in their first full NHL seasons. Goalie Cam Talbot could not make the magic he did with the Rangers the year before, and led the league with 27 losses..

Season Preview: Is this the year Edmonton’s high draft picks will show their true colors? If so, then young superstar Connor McDavid and new goalie Cam Talbot won’t have to carry the entire load. An improved defense could also be a key to the Oilers returning to the playoffs.

2014-15 Season

Season Preview: After high hopes and a big disappointment in 2014–15, the Oilers are looking to earn some respect this year. That will take big performances from Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, and Leon Draisaitl—all of whom are in the early 20s. This collection of raw talent is rare in the NHL, but without veteran leaders and a solid defense, it may not translate into victories. Coach Dallas Eakins will have his work cut out for him.

2013-14 Season

October 17, 2013: Taylor Hall scored two goals in a span of 8 seconds against the New York Islanders. Hall broke Wayne Gretzky’s team record of two goals in 9 seconds, set against the St. Louis Blues in 1981.

Season Preview: The “youth movement” continues in Edmonton, as the Oilers hope to improve on a poor finish to the 2012–13 season. Inexperience hurt the team down the home stretch, but now those young players know what it takes to win at crunch time. Jordan Eberle and Sam Gager lead a young squad that includes up-and-coming stars like Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

More Go-To Guys

I pulled this jersey insert out of a pack of Upper Deck SP cards. Anderson was he guys on the Oilers you NEVER turned your back on. I was amazed how long it took him to get into the Hall of Fame. (The Upper Deck Company)

Did you know the French word for goalie is Gardien? Well, now you know! (O-Pee-Chee Ltd.)

  • Al Hamilton — Defenseman
    Born: 8/20/1946
    Played for Team: 1973–74 to 1979–80
    Al Hamilton was a superstar in Edmonton a decade before joining the Oilers. He played junior hockey for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the early 1960s and led them to three championships in a row. Hamilton was the Oilers’ first team captain, and registered a career-best 61 points in his first WHA season.

  • Glenn Anderson — Right Wing
    Born: 10/2/1960
    Played for Team: 1980–81 to 1990–91 & 1995–96
    Glenn Anderson had the shooting and passing skills of his high-scoring Edmonton teammates, he just wasn’t as flashy. What Anderson had that they didn’t was a mean streak. If an opponent tried to rough him up or intimidate Anderson, there was a good chance he’d be seeing stars later in the game. Goalies feared Anderson for another reason—he attacked the net at the most unexpected times, and often caught defensemen totally off-guard.

  • Charlie Huddy — Defenseman
    Born: 6/2/1959
    Played for Team: 1980–81 to 1990–91
    Charlie Huddy was a key part of all five Edmonton Stanley Cup winners. Unlike most of his teammates, Huddy was more focused on stopping goals than in scoring them, and it showed when he won the league’s first Plus/Minus Award in 1983.

  • Andy Moog — Goalie
    Born: 2/18/1960
    Played for Team: 1980–81 to 1986–87
    Andy Moog teamed with Grant Fuhr to give the Oilers great goaltending in the mid-1980s. He was good for 20 to 30 wins a season and only once lost more than 10 games. In the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals, Moog filled in after Fuhr was injured and led the team to its first championship.

  • Craig Simpson — Left Wing/Right Wing
    Born: 2/15/1967
    Played for Team: 1987–88 to 1992–93
    Craig was one of the top scorers on the 1988 and 1991 Stanley Cup champions. Known for his accurate shooting, he scored on 23.7% of his shots—the best mark in NHL history. In 2011, the Oilers took Craig’s son, Dillon, in the NHL Draft.

  • Connor MacDavid — Center
    Born: 1/13/1997
    First Season with Team: 2015–16
    The Oilers took Connor McDavid with the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. They made him the youngest team captain in the sport’s history at the age of 19. In 2016–17, McDavid led the NHL in assists and points, and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

More Fun Facts

Martin Gelinas was drafted by the Kings but never played for them. He was a key part of the trade for Wayne Gretzky. (Author’s Collection)

  • GREAT ONE, SHAWN!
    In 2005–06, Shawn Horcoff set up four goals in the third period of a game against the Red Wings. His four assists in one period tied a team record set by Wayne Gretzky in a 1988 games against the Winnipeg Jets.

  • YOUNG GUNS
    In 1989–90, the Oilers put Martin Gelinas (age 19), Joe Murphy (22), and Adam Graves (21) on the same line. Edmonton’s “Kid Line” helped the Oilers win the Stanley Cup. Gelinas was the last player from that championship to play in the NHL. He retired at age 38 in 2008.

  • FIRE STARTER
    Grant Fuhr not only played great in goal for the Oilers in 1983–84. He also ignited the Edmonton attack by firing the puck up the ice to teammates. That year, Fuhr was credited with 14 assists—the most ever for an NHL goaltender in one season.

League Leaders

Was there anything Gretzky couldn’t do? This signed photo also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated early in his career. (Author’s Collection)

People forget that Jari Kurri actually led the league in goals one year during the Gretzky Era. (Topps, Inc.)

This button of Charlie Huddy was given out when you made a contribution at a McDonald’s in Western Canada. (McDonald’s Corp.)

  • GOALS
    1981–82 — Wayne Gretzky—  92
    1982–83 — Wayne Gretzky — 71
    1983–84 — Wayne Gretzky — 87
    1984–85 — Wayne Gretzky — 73
    1985–86 — Jari Kurri — 68
    1986–87 — Wayne Gretzky — 62

  • ASSISTS
    1979–80 — Wayne Gretzky — 86
    1980–81 — Wayne Gretzky — 109
    1981–82 — Wayne Gretzky — 120
    1982–83 — Wayne Gretzky — 125
    1983–84 — Wayne Gretzky — 118
    1984–85 — Wayne Gretzky — 135
    1985–86 — Wayne Gretzky — 163
    1986–87 — Wayne Gretzky — 121
    1987–88 — Wayne Gretzky — 109
    2016–17 — Connor MacDavid — 70
    2019—20 — Leon Draisaitl — 67
  • POINTS
    1979–80 — Wayne Gretzky — 137*
    1980–81 — Wayne Gretzky — 164
    1981–82 — Wayne Gretzky — 212
    1982–83 — Wayne Gretzky — 196
    1983–84 — Wayne Gretzky — 205
    1984–85 — Wayne Gretzky — 208
    1985–86 — Wayne Gretzky — 215
    1986–87 — Wayne Gretzky — 183
    2016–17 — Connor MacDavid — 100
    2019—20 — Leon Draisaitl — 110

    * Tied with another player

  • GOALS-AGAINST
    1978–79 — Dave Dryden — 2.89*

    * Led World Hockey Association

  • PLUS/MINUS
    1981–82 — Wayne Gretzky — + 81
    1982–83 — Charlie Huddy — + 62
    1983–84 — Wayne Gretzky — + 76
    1984–85 — Wayne Gretzky — + 98
    1986–87 — Wayne Gretzky — + 70

In the AVCO Cup Finals

SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1978–79 Winnipeg Jets Lost 2–4

In the Stanley Cup Finals

Bill Ranford loves to sign this photo. It shows him hoisting the Stanley Cup in 1990. (Author's Collection)

SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1982–83 New York Islanders Lost 0–4
1983–84 New York Islanders Won 4–1
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers Won 4–1
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers Won 4–3
1987–88 Boston Bruins Won 4–0
1989–90 Boston Bruins Won 4–1
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes Lost 3–4

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