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Edmonton Oilers Career Goal Scoring Leaders
Growing up on Long Island, I remember being so bummed out when the Edmonton Oilers finally de-throned my Islanders in 1984, a year after my team won their fourth straight Stanley Cup, over the same Oilers. But it was a matter of time before this explosive team won, and they won a few more cups after that….five more to be exact.
Anyway, guys like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier began their NHL careers with the Oilers and went on to become two of the best players ever, but there were other greats on those teams. Here are the Oilers’ all-time leaders in goals to date:
Wayne Gretzky (583)—“The Great One” was arguably the greatest hockey player in history, and he was definitely the most prolific scorer of all-time. Gretzky leads the Oilers all-time with 583 goals, and he played in Edmonton from 1978-1988 (the first year, the Oilers were in the WHA). Gretzky holds the NHL records for goals in a single season with 92 set in 1981-82, and also the record for assists (163) and total points (215) set in 1985-86. It’s hard to say the 81-82 season was not his best, because with the 92 goals and 120 assists for 212 points, that’s simply mind-blowing.
Jari Kurri (474)—Finnish born right wing Jari Kurri began his NHL career with the Oilers in 1980 and played there until 1990. Kurri ranks second in franchise history with 474 goals, and though he led the NHL with 68 goals in 1985-86, Kurri’s best season was 1984-85, when he had career highs in goals (71), assists (64) and total points (135).
Glenn Anderson (417)—Right wing Glenn Anderson may have been the most underrated of the Oilers from the glory years. Anderson racked up 417 goals in an Oilers’ uniform, ranking third in their history, playing in Edmonton from 1980-1991 and again briefly in 1995-96. Anderson’s best season was arguably the Cup year of 1983-84, when he had a career high 54 goals, with 45 assists for 99 total points. But Anderson also had 105 points in 1981-82 (38 goals, 67 assists).
Mark Messier (392)—Mark Messier was a center, same position as Gretzky, and played most of his career in Edmonton (1979-1991). Messier ranks fourth in team history with 392 goals, and despite a career best 50 goals in 1981-82, Messier’s best season was probably 1989-90, when he scored 45 goals, to go along with career highs in assists (84) and total points (129).
Ryan Smyth (265)—Ryan Smyth was part of the new generation of great Oilers, playing there from 1994 to 2007, helping the Oilers reach the Cup Finals in 2006. Smyth ranks fifth in franchise history with 265 goals, and his best season in Edmonton was probably 1996-97, when Smyth had a career high 39 goals, with 22 assists and 61 total points.