Top 50 Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers began their existence as an inaugural franchise of the World Hockey Association, though for their first year of existence, they were the Alberta Oilers.  Their run in the WHA was largely unproductive, as until the end of their run in the upstart league, they accomplished very little.  They would reach the Avco Cup Finals in 1979, where they had the young phenom, Wayne Gretzky leading the way.   He would be the lynchpin when Edmonton joined the National Hockey League.

Gretzky would be the megastar of the team and other future Hockey Hall of Famers would join him.  This would include Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr, and they would win four Stanley Cups in the 1980s.  After dealing Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton would still win another Cup based on the leadership of Mark Messier.  To date, that is the last championship that the Oilers have won.

Since that time, the Oilers have only made one more Finals, a surprise run as an eighth seed.  They did not win, and would plunge to the basement of the NHL standings.

As of this writing, they are a young team with upcoming stars that could add to their post-season success.


This list is up to the end of the 2018/19 season.

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.


So, where do we start? You hear the term “prodigy” thrown around a lot, but in terms of what a hockey prodigy was/is, there is nobody where those words suited better than Wayne Gretzky.
Much like it was easy to decree that Wayne Gretzky was the greatest Edmonton Oiler of all-time, we find it quite simple to state that Mark Messier is a firm number two for this list.  This is no small praise, as when you look through the top ten, there are…
Before there was Teemu Selanne, there was Jari Kurri, the original "Finnish Flash."  Kurri is arguably the first real hockey megastar from Finland, and on a line with Wayne Gretzky, his talents were able to shine.
Drafted 6th Overall in 1980, Paul Coffey had a modest rookie season with 32 Points but would nearly triple that the next season with a 29 Goal and 89 Point campaign.  This year would earn him a Second Team All-Star Selection, which h would repeat in the next two seasons,…
The offensive firepower of the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s had never been seen before or since.  When you open up the ice as they did, it leaves you susceptible to the defensive side, and you require someone special in-between the pipes.  That is precisely what Grant Fuhr provided.
Glenn Anderson would begin with his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1980, and before long, he was part of a powerhouse team with Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, and Grant Fuhr.  As a rookie, Anderson scored 30 Goals and would hit that plateau in the…
Kevin Lowe did not get the due he should have when he was in Edmonton, but when you look at the Hall of Famers around him (Gretzky, Anderson, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, and Fuhr) how could he?  We will rectify that here.
Before we get into the vast credentials of Ryan Smyth, think that it took until #8 before we got a player that was not part of the Oilers dynasty that won five Stanley Cups. Damn, were they good! Now, about Ryan Smyth.
Doug Weight arrived in the city of  Edmonton early in his career when he was traded straight up for Esa Tikkanen late in the 1992-93 campaign.  Weight's first full season saw him score 50 Assists, and it was evident that he was becoming one of the top playmakers in hockey. …
Charlie Huddy is one of the few players who was with the Edmonton Oilers for all five of their Stanley Cups, which was an incredible accomplishment considering he went undrafted.
There was no doubt that the Edmonton Oilers would select Connor McDavid with their number one pick in 2015.  He was the consensus top prospect and was pegged as a future Hart Trophy winner.  Entering his fifth season, he has already done that.
The first seven seasons of Jordan Eberle's career were spent in Edmonton, where the player performed well after being named by TSN, the greatest junior player in Canadian National Team history.  Eberle’s first season saw him accumulate 43 Points, which would be topped the year after with 76 Points, which…
Esa Tikkanen was one of the early stars from Finland in the National Hockey League, but what he is probably known mostly for was being one of the best (infamous) agitators in NHL history.
Bill Ranford began his career with the Boston Bruins and was traded to Edmonton when the Bruins for Geoff Courtnall and Andy Moog in 1988.  Ranford took over Moog's role as the Oilers backup Goalie, and while he did not play in the 1988 Playoffs, he did win his first…
When the Oilers were in the World Hockey Association, there was not a lot to cheer for, but the city of Edmonton supported them anyway.  One of the biggest reasons for that was Al Hamilton, their first defensive star, or realistically, their first real star period.
From Czechoslovakia, Ales Hemsky probably never got the overall respect that he should have, as his best seasons in the NHL were with the Edmonton Oilers at a time when they were not that good.
When you think of the goaltending of the Edmonton Oilers throughout the 1980s, Grant Fuhr is the first name you think of.  That is the correct answer, but Andy Moog had a lot of great moments in the pipes for Edmonton during that same era.
With 796 Games and 12 seasons under his belt, Shawn Horcoff is one of the most tenured Edmonton Oilers ever.
As we are writing this, Connor McDavid is the star of the Edmonton Oilers, but Leon Draisaitl is right there with him, and his skill set is growing.
Taylor Hall was drafted first overall in 2010 and would score 42 Points in his rookie year.  The Left Wing’s numbers would increase with a 53 and 50 Point campaigns, but he would then secure his best number as an Oiler with an 80 Point year that would see him…