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2014 seasonSeason 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 seasonSeason 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.

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.

     
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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)

 

 

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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.

     
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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.

     
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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)

 

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

 

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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


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

* 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

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