In the 1980s the Edmonton Oilers were a perennial Stanley Cup Contender; winning Stanley Cups in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990.
Now, every one of these teams is up there for the best teams of all-time, however let’s take a deeper look at how each of these teams stack up against one another.
5. 1989-90 Edmonton Oilers:
Edmonton went 38-28-14 for 90 points, finishing second in the Smythe Division 9 points behind the Calgary Flames.
With Gretzky in Los Angeles, Mark Messier stepped up earning the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP with 45 goals, and 85 assists.
The Oilers had the sixth most goals for in the NHL with 315, and the ninth least goals against with 283.
Kurri, and Anderson also stepped up with 93, and 72 points respectively.
Craig Simpson even had a solid season recording 61 points, but would then go on to record 31 points in the Oilers’ Stanley Cup run, including three game winning goals.
The Oilers beat Winnipeg 4-3 in the Division Semifinals, then went on to win the Smythe Division with a 4-0 sweep over the Los Angeles Kings.
Next came a 4-2 series victory over Chicago, and finally Edmonton would win their fifth Stanley Cup with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
This roster consisted of four Hall of Famers.
4. 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers:
This Oilers team was the last Stanley Cup team that consisted of The Great One, and was their fourth Stanley Cup in five seasons.
Finishing second in the Smythe Division 6 points behind Calgary, Edmonton finished with a record of 44-25-11 for 99 points.
In just 64 games played, Wayne Gretzky scored 40 goals, and 109 assists.
Mark Messier also scored 37 goals, and 74 assists for 111 points in 77 games played.
In the playoffs Kurri stepped up again with 3 game winning goals, and 31 points.
The Oilers had the second most goals for in the league with 363, and the eighth least goals against with 288.
Edmonton defeated Winnipeg in the Division Semifinals 4-1, and then defeated Calgary 4-0 to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
After beating Detroit 4-1, Edmonton would win their fourth Stanley Cup with a 4-0 sweep over Boston.
3. 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers:
After a devastating second round defeat against Calgary the year before, Oilers would win their third Stanley Cup in four years.
With a record of 50-24-6, the Oilers also won the President’s Trophy this season.
Edmonton also had the most goals for by 54 with 372 goals for.
Wayne Gretzky recorded 183 points, with his 62 goals, and 121 assists.
Kurri had yet another impressive season, with 108 points, and 10 game winning goals.
Mark Messier also added 107 points to the mix.
Keeping the scorers safe were McClelland and Smith with 238, and 165 penalty minutes a piece.
This would also be Paul Coffey’s last Stanley Cup with Edmonton before going on to win back-to-back Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh.
Edmonton would defeat Los Angeles 4-1 in the first round, then would go in to defeat Winnipeg in a dominant 4-0 series victory.
In the Western Conference Finals, Edmonton defeated Detroit 4-1, and then went on to defeat Philadelphia 4-3 where Flyers’ Goaltender Ron Hextall was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoffs MVP.
2. 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers:
After four devastating playoff losses, the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup Final in 1983-84.
Winning the Presidents’ Trophy with a record of 57-18-5, Edmonton had the most goals for in the league by 86 with 446.
Wayne Gretzky recorded 205 points, and a plus minus of 78 in the regular season.
Paul Coffey, Kurri, and Messier each recorded over 100 points with 126, 113, and 101 respectively.
Dave Semenko, and Cody McClelland were the enforcers of this team with 118, and 127 penalty minutes, however Mark Messier led the team in penalty minutes with 165.
In the playoffs, Edmonton swept Winnipeg 3-0, then captured the Smythe Division with a 4-3 series victory over Calgary.
Having six Hall of Famers on their roster would definitely help them sweep the Minnesota North Stars in the Conference Finals, and then defeat the four time defending Stanley Cup champions, New York Islanders, 4-1 in the Finals to capture their first Stanley Cup.
1. 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers:
Although this team did not win the President’s Trophy, in my opinion, this is the best Oilers team of the Edmonton Dynasty.
In their second straight Stanley Cup victory, the Oilers finished with a record of 49-20-11.
Edmonton yet again recorded the most goals for by 38 with 401 goals.
The Oilers even improved from the year before, going from 314 to 298 goals against.
Gretzky recorded 208 points, with 73 goals, and a plus minus of 100.
Kurri and Coffey would be Gretzky’s biggest help with 135, and 121 points respectively.
With the same core group together, this team took their level of play from the previous year, and turned it up a notch.
Edmonton would sweep Los Angeles 3-0, and Winnipeg 4-0 to win the Smythe Division.
The Oilers then defeated Chicago 4-2 in the Conference Finals, and Philadelphia 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
1984: www.thehockeynews.com www.lastwordonhockey.com
1985: www.UPI.com www.NHL.com
1987: www.shandylo.com www.gamewornauctions.com
1988: www.gamewornauctions.com www.thehockeynews.com www.canucksforum.ca
1990: www.edmontonjournal.com www.oilersnation.com
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