1995–96 Edmonton Oilers season

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1995–96 Edmonton Oilers
Division 5th Pacific
Conference 10th Western
1995–96 record 30–44–8
Home record 15–21–5
Road record 15–23–3
Goals for 240
Goals against 304
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Ron Low
Captain Kelly Buchberger
Alternate captains Jason Arnott
Luke Richardson
Doug Weight
Arena Edmonton Coliseum
Average attendance 12,334 (75.0%)
Minor league affiliations Cape Breton Oilers (AHL)
Wheeling Thunderbirds (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Zdeno Ciger (31)
Assists Doug Weight (79)
Points Doug Weight (104)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Marchment (202)
Plus/minus Mariusz Czerkawski (+7)
Wins Curtis Joseph (15)
Goals against average Curtis Joseph (3.44)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 17th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 17–27–4 record, earning 38 points, in the lockout shortened 1994–95 season, missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.

During the off-season, the Oilers and St. Louis Blues would complete a trade that saw Edmonton acquire goaltender Curtis Joseph and the rights of Mike Grier in exchange for a 1st round draft pick in both 1996 and 1997. Joseph and the Oilers could not come to a contract agreement, and he would start the season with the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL. The Oilers also would bring back Glenn Anderson, whom they traded in 1991, as he signed as a free agent, however, he would be dealt to the Blues midway through the season.

As the Oilers would struggle badly early in the season, sitting with a 14–23–6 record at the time of the signing, the team and Joseph agreed to a contract in early January, and Edmonton would then trade their other #1 goaltender, Bill Ranford, to the Boston Bruins for Sean Brown, Mariusz Czerkawski and the Bruins 1st round pick in 1996. Edmonton would play better defensive hockey after the trade, as Joseph would post a 15–16–2 record, however, it was not enough for the Oilers to make the playoffs, as they finished 10 points behind the 8th place Winnipeg Jets.

Offensively, Doug Weight became the first Oiler since Mark Messier in 1989–90 to reach the 100 point plateau, as Weight would record 104 points. Zdeno Ciger scored a team high 31 goals, while Jason Arnott scored 28 goals and 59 points despite missing 18 games due to injuries. Boris Mironov led the defense with 32 points, while fellow blueliner Jeff Norton would earn 20 points in 30 games after being acquired from St. Louis.

In goal, Bill Ranford would get most of the action until early January, winning 13 games and posting a 3.84 GAA, then Curtis Joseph stepped in and led the Oilers in wins at 15, and posted a team best 3.44 GAA.

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Colorado Avalanche 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
2 Calgary Flames 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
3 Vancouver Canucks 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
5 Edmonton Oilers 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
6 Los Angeles Kings 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
7 San Jose Sharks 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
3 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
4 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
5 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
7 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
8 Winnipeg Jets CEN 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
10 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
11 Dallas Stars CEN 82 26 42 14 227 280 66
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

1995–96 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 82 25 79 104 95
Zdeno Ciger 78 31 39 70 41
Jason Arnott 64 28 31 59 87
David Oliver 80 20 19 39 34
Todd Marchant 81 19 19 38 66

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Fred Brathwaite 7 293 0 2 0 12 0 .914 2.46
Curtis Joseph 34 1936 15 16 2 111 0 .886 3.44
Joaquin Gage 16 717 2 8 1 45 0 .871 3.77
Bill Ranford 37 2015 13 18 5 128 1 .875 3.81

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 1,292: A new Oilers record for most penalty minutes in a career by Kelly Buchberger on December 20, 1995.
  • 424:: A new Oilers record for most games played in a career by a goaltender by Bill Ranford on December 9, 1995.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Kelly Buchberger 500th NHL Game October 10, 1995
Luke Richardson 1,000th NHL PIM October 15, 1995
Miroslav Šatan 1st NHL Game
Miroslav Šatan 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 21, 1995
Fredrik Olausson 600th NHL Game October 22, 1995
Miroslav Šatan 1st NHL Assist October 27, 1995
Doug Weight 200th NHL Point
Brett Hauer 1st NHL Game November 7, 1995
Brett Hauer 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 10, 1995
Igor Kravchuk 200th NHL Game November 14, 1995
Bryan Marchment 1,000th NHL PIM November 15, 1995
Doug Weight 1st NHL Hat-trick November 20, 1995
Ryan Smyth 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 24, 1995
Jason Bonsignore 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
December 1, 1995
Scott Thornton 300th NHL PIM
Ryan Smyth 1st NHL Assist December 5, 1995
Bill Ranford 20th NHL Assist December 18, 1995
Bryan Marchment 300th NHL Game December 20, 1995
Kelly Buchberger 1,300th NHL PIM December 23, 1995
Boris Mironov 200th NHL PIM
Scott Thornton 200th NHL Game
Kelly Buchberger 100th NHL Assist December 27, 1995
Doug Weight 300th NHL Game
Nick Stajduhar 1st NHL Game January 3, 1996
Zdeno Cíger 100th NHL Assist January 7, 1996
Greg de Vries 1st NHL Game January 17, 1996
Brett Hauer 1st NHL Assist
Luke Richardson 600th NHL Game January 31, 1996
Glenn Anderson 1,100th NHL Game February 7, 1996
Todd Marchant 100th NHL Game
Bryan Marchment 1,100th NHL PIM February 9, 1996
David Oliver 100th NHL Game February 19, 1996
Greg de Vries 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
February 21, 1996
Ralph Intranuovo 1st NHL Goal
Mariusz Czerkawski 100th NHL Game February 23, 1996
Glenn Anderson 1,100th NHL PIM February 27, 1996
Bryan Muir 1st NHL Game March 8, 1996
Scott Thornton 400th NHL PIM
Jason Arnott 300th NHL PIM March 16, 1996
Doug Weight 200th NHL Assist
Jason Arnott 2nd NHL Hat-trick March 23, 1996
Dean McAmmond 100th NHL Game
Todd Marchant 100th NHL PIM March 29, 1996
Jiří Šlégr 200th NHL Game
Zdeno Cíger 200th NHL Point March 30, 1996
Greg de Vries 1st NHL Assist April 4, 1996
Louie DeBrusk 700th NHL PIM April 8, 1996
Kent Manderville 200th NHL Game

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

August 4, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
1st round pick in 1996 - Marty Reasoner
*1st round pick in 1997 - Matt Zutlek
To Edmonton Oilers
Curtis Joseph
Mike Grier
August 24, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
7th round pick in 1997 - Larry Shapley
To Edmonton Oilers
Brett Hauer
December 4, 1995 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Peter White
4th round pick in 1996 - Jason Sessa
To Edmonton Oilers
Kent Manderville
January 4, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Ken Sutton
Igor Kravchuk
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Norton
Donald Dufresne
January 11, 1996 To Boston Bruins
Bill Ranford
To Edmonton Oilers
Mariusz Czerkawski
Sean Brown
1st round pick in 1996 - Matthieu Descoteaux
March 12, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
David Roberts
March 20, 1996 To Detroit Red Wings
Kirk Maltby
To Edmonton Oilers
Dan McGillis

*Later traded to the Los Angeles Kings

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
F Rem Murray Los Angeles Kings
Player New Team
F Shayne Corson St. Louis Blues
F Mike Stapleton Winnipeg Jets
F Micah Aivazoff New York Islanders
F Davis Payne Boston Bruins
F Iain Fraser Winnipeg Jets

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Steve Kelly  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2 31 Georges Laraque  Canada St-Jean Lynx (QMJHL)
3 57 Lukas Zib  Czech Republic Ceske Budejovice HC (Czech.)
4 83 Mike Minard  Canada Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL)
5 109 Jan Snopek  Czech Republic Oshawa Generals (OHL)
7 161 Martin Cerven  Czech Republic Dukla Trencin (Czech.)
8 187 Stephen Douglas  Canada Niagara Falls Thunder (OHL)
9 213 Jiri Antonin  Czech Republic Pardubice HC (Czech.)

Roster[edit]

1995-96 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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