50. Rusty Patenaude

In Ed “Rusty” Patenaude, we have the only former player on this list whose Oilers career was spent entirely in the World Hockey Association.  Patenaude would not make the NHL when drafted in 1969, but after a run in the AHL and IHL, he made the roster of the initial Alberta Oilers in 1972, where the forward would have 29 Goals and 56 Points as a rookie.  

The red-haired Right Wing would get 20 Goal seasons in the next two years, and in 1975-76, he would post his strongest year in professional hockey.  He had career-bests across the board with 42 Goals, 30 Assists, and 72 Points that year and was the team’s top goal scorer.  Patenaude played one more year for the Oilers (25 Goals), and he was traded to the Indianapolis Racers after that year.

He would overall score 248 Points in his career with the franchise.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1972-73 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the Indianapolis Racers after the 1977-78 Season.
  • Games Played: 355
  • Notable Statistics: 136 Goals
    112 Assists
    248 Points
    297 PIM
    .70 PPG
    -25 Plus/Minus
    N/A Point Shares*
    7 Points in 10 Games

    *Point Shares were not calculated in the WHA.
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None.
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