Update on February 28, 2007: I dropped Esa Tikannen from the list and replaced him with Ryan Smyth who is a Greater Oiler than Kevin Lowe
10. Andy Moog
Perhaps the most under-rated goaltender in NHL history. Most people consider Grant Fuhr as the greatest Oiler’s goaltender of all time. But most people forget that Moog won over 300 NHL games and Fuhr had to battle hard for playing time when Andy Moog was the other goaltender.
9. Doug Weight
When the Oilers traded Tikkanen to the Rangers many doubted the young centerman to Oilers acquired would replace Tik’s intensity. Doug Weight proved them wrong and scored over 500 points as an Oiler. That deal was a steal as Tikkanen was at the end of his career and Doug Weight made this the best Oiler trade of all-time.
8. Glen Anderson
Many would be surprised by the fact that he leads the all leader for the Oilers in game winning goals and he is 4th in all-time goals in the playoffs in the NHL.
7. Kevin Lowe
He scored the Oilers first goal. He is the only Oiler to play over 1000 games for Edmonton. He won the King Clancy Trophy and is a symbol for perservance for the Edmonton Oilers. He played through injuries and few players have had a greater will to win. He won six Stanley Cups and is the Oiler’s greatest defensive defenseman of all time. He now is shaping the Oiler team’s of the future as the club’s GM.
6. Ryan Smyth
The Heart and Soul of the Oilers uncomparable work ethic made the Oilers a playoff team while competing against teams with higher payrolls. In his only full season under the new cap he led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final. Very few players were greater warriors than Ryan Smyth who played through finger injuries, a jaw injury, and immediately came back to play in the 2006 playoffs after losing his front teeth.
5. Grant Fuhr
Statistically he was brutal. But he played in a high scoring NHL era and he shut the door when it counted.
4. Paul Coffey
The NHL’s most electrifying defenseman of all-time. He is second in all-time points by a defenseman and nobody was faster.
3. Jari Kurri
The greatest European player of all-time. He and Gretzky were the NHL’s most lethal duo. But few people remember Kurri was also a solid defensive forward.
2. Mark Messier
The Edmonton native is the NHL’s second highest scorer of all time. He is also recognized as the game’s greatest leader with 6 Stanley Cups. Also he is still is going played till 44.
1. Wayne Gretzky
The NHL’s most prolific scorer. He holds over 60 records and is one of the greatest hockey player’s of all-time. The NHL will never see a better passer. Gretzky proved all his critics wrong by proving a small player can make it in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky’s presence in Edmonton put the city on the map and made Edmonton a northern Mecca for hockey. Unlike other sports superstars Gretzky avoided controversy and served as a role model and ambassador for the sport of hockey.
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Comments: Ryan Smyth has been an unbelievable Oiler but he hasn’t one a cup yet with the Oilers. If he wins the cup this year-I’ll take Tikkanen off the list.
Dave sent a message at Fri, 21 May 2006 16:18:00
Comments: I just wanna say I agree with most of your picks…but I think that you have to take tikkanen off of the list and replace him with Ryan Smyth…Ryan is everything that the oilers have been over the last 10 years…and well…I think that means alot to this franchise…besides all that he is 100% Oiler Blue…he is what an oiler hockey player is and he looks as an oiler hockey player should look…and for that I think he should make the top 10…