10. Ryan Smyth

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.

Smyth was from Banff, Alberta, and was chosen sixth overall by his home province Oilers in 1994.  The Albertan had a breakout season in 1996-97, where he scored 61 points and was the NHL leader in Power Play Goals.  He regressed in the two years that followed but would go on a seven-year streak of 50 or more Points.  Smyth was the prototypical power forward, using his strength and positioning to make up for lack of speed.  While some may have seen him as limited, his determination had few peers.

Smyth would lead the Oilers to a surprising Stanley Cup appearance in 2006, but he grew frustrated with the team’s lack of success and requested a trade, which he got in February of 2007.  After playing for the New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings he returned to play his final three years in hockey with Edmonton.

He would overall score 631 Points with 296 Goals over his career with the Oilers.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 6th Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/28/94.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Islanders for Ryan O’Marra, Robert Nilsson, and New York's 2007 1st Round Pick (which was Alex Plante) 2/17/07.

    Acquired (2): Traded from the Los Angeles Kings for Colin Fraser and Edmonton’s 2012 7th Round Pick (which was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars and would be Dmitri Sinitsyn) 6/26/11.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 2013-14 Season.
  • Games Played: 971
  • Notable Statistics: 296 Goals
    335 Assists
    631 Points
    773 PIM
    0.65 PPG
    -42 Plus/Minus
    66.0 Point Shares
    43 Points in 68 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2007)
    Most Power Play Goals (1996-97)

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