2007–08 Edmonton Oilers season

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2007–08 Edmonton Oilers
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 9th Western
2007–08 record 41–35–6
Home record 23–17–1
Road record 18–18–5
Goals for 235
Goals against 251
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Ethan Moreau
Alternate captains Ales Hemsky
Shawn Horcoff
Steve Staios
Jarret Stoll
Arena Rexall Place
Average attendance 16,839 (100%)
Minor league affiliations Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Dustin Penner (23)
Assists Ales Hemsky (51)
Points Ales Hemsky (71)
Penalties in minutes Zack Stortini (201)
Plus/minus Robert Nilsson (+8)
Wins Mathieu Garon (26)
Goals against average Mathieu Garon (2.66)
<2006–07 2008–09>

The 2007–08 Edmonton Oilers season began on October 4, 2007. It was the Oilers' 36th season, 29th in the National Hockey League. This season also marks the debut of the Edmonton Oil Kings, a Western Hockey League expansion team purchased by the Oilers after the team spent several years attempting to buy and relocate any existing WHL team to the Alberta capital.[1]

2007 off-season[edit]

With major rebuilding necessary, the Oilers began the NHL free agency period on July 1, trading Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers for defencemen Joni Pitkanen, left winger Geoff Sanderson and a third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. [1]

Petr Sykora, having become a free agent, left the Oilers franchise and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jan Hejda, also a free agent, left for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Oilers made a call to Ryan Smyth's agent early in the morning on July 1 stating they were interested in making an offer.[2] Smyth wound up signing with the Colorado Avalanche.

Netminder Mathieu Garon was signed on July 3, 2007, as the backup goaltender to Dwayne Roloson.

It has also been reported that the Oilers had agreed to a contract with free agent Michael Nylander through his agent. While the Oilers were expecting a signed contract from Nylander and his agent, they later found out that he had signed with the Washington Capitals. The Oilers are currently pursuing their legal options on the matter. [2]

Matt Greene signed a two-year contract, Raffi Torres signed for three.

On July 5, the Edmonton Oilers Offered restricted free agent Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres a 7-year contract worth $50 million. The Buffalo Sabres quickly matched the Oilers offer. [3]

On July 12, the Edmonton Oilers signed unrestricted free agent Sheldon Souray to a 5-year deal worth $27 million.

On July 20, the Oilers signed Newly acquired defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one year, 2.4 million deal.

On July 26, the Oilers offered Anaheim Ducks Forward Dustin Penner, a restricted free agent $21.25 million over 5 years. This is the second restricted free agent the Oilers have attempted to sign this off-season. The Ducks declined to match the offer, officially making Penner an Oiler.

On October 2, 2007, the Oilers announced Ethan Moreau as the 15th Captain in team history.

2007–08 regular season[edit]

On February 19, 2008, Denis Grebeshkov scored the 8000th goal in the Oilers' franchise history.

On February 26, 2008, the Edmonton Oilers set a new NHL record for 13 shootout wins in a season, previously held by the Dallas Stars at 12 wins. Oilers goalie Mathieu Garon has stopped 30 of 32 shots and is 10 – 0 in shootouts.

On March 4, 2008, Gilbert surpassed Paul Coffey and Marc-Andre Bergeron for the Oilers' franchise record for most goals scored by a rookie defencemen with his 10th goal on the power play against the Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis.

On March 18, 2008, the Oilers scored eight goals for the first time in five years in an 8–4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

April, 2008, Oilers fail to place in the playoffs.

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
2 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
3 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
4 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
5 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

2007–08 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

The Oilers failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Ales Hemsky 74 20 51 71 34
Shawn Horcoff 53 21 29 50 30
Sam Gagner 79 13 36 49 23
Dustin Penner 82 23 24 47 45
Andrew Cogliano 82 18 27 45 20
Robert Nilsson 71 10 31 41 22
Jarret Stoll 81 14 22 36 74
Tom Gilbert 82 13 20 33 20
Kyle Brodziak 80 14 17 31 33
Joni Pitkanen 63 8 18 26 56
Marty Reasoner 82 11 14 25 50
Curtis Glencross 62 15 10 25 53

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Mathieu Garon 47 2658 26 18 1 118 4 .913 2.66
Dwayne Roloson 41 2222 14 16 5 115 0 .900 3.11

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 18 Years, 55 Days: New Oilers records for the youngest player ever played and earned his first NHL point, assisting on Tom Gilbert's goal, by Sam Gagner on October 4, 2007.
    • Note: Wayne Gretzky had an unofficial Oilers record for the youngest player ever played in franchise history, including WHA, at age 17 Years, 281 Days on November 3, 1978.
  • 18 Years, 71 Days: A new Oilers record for the youngest player ever scored by Sam Gagner on October 20, 2007.
  • 4: A new NHL record for most consecutive shootouts on December 18, 2007.
  • 8: A new Oilers record for most consecutive game assist for rookies by Sam Gagner on February 22, 2008.
  • 15: NHL record for most shootout wins in a season.
    • 13: A new NHL team record for most shootout wins in a season on February 26, 2008.
  • 13: Oilers record for most goals for a rookie defenseman by Tom Gilbert.
    • 10: A new Oilers record for most goals for a rookie defenseman on March 4, 2008.
  • 3: A new NHL record for most consecutive overtime goals by Andrew Cogliano on March 11, 2008.
  • 33: A new Oilers record for most points for a rookie defenseman by Tom Gilbert on March 28, 2008.
  • 19: A new NHL record for most shootouts in a season on March 28, 2008.

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Andrew Cogliano 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 4, 2007
Sam Gagner
Shawn Horcoff 300th NHL PIM October 6, 2007
Marty Reasoner 100th NHL Assist
Andrew Cogliano 1st NHL Goal October 8, 2007
Geoff Sanderson 500th NHL PIM October 13, 2007
Kyle Brodziak 1st NHL Assist October 18, 2007
Sam Gagner 1st NHL Goal October 20, 2007
Ales Hemsky 200th NHL Point October 25, 2007
Marty Reasoner 400th NHL Game November 10, 2007
Steve Staios 700th NHL Game November 24, 2007
Ales Hemsky 300th NHL Game November 28, 2007
Raffi Torres
Zack Stortini 1st NHL Assist
Liam Reddox 1st NHL Game December 7, 2007
Ladislav Smid 100th NHL Game December 11, 2007
Steve Staios 1,000th NHL PIM December 18, 2007
Jarret Stoll 200th NHL PIM January 5, 2008
Shawn Horcoff 100th NHL Goal January 7, 2008
Denis Grebeshkov 1st NHL Goal January 10, 2008
Zack Stortini 200th NHL PIM
Ethan Moreau 700th NHL Game January 29, 2008
Robert Nilsson 100th NHL Game
Jarret Stoll 100th NHL Assist February 4, 2008
Joni Pitkanen 100th NHL Assist February 6, 2008
Dustin Penner 100th NHL PIM February 9, 2008
Fernando Pisani 300th NHL Game February 12, 2008
Geoff Sanderson 1,100th NHL Game February 26, 2008
Mathieu Roy 1st NHL Assist February 28, 2008
Geoff Sanderson 700th NHL Point
Theo Peckham 1st NHL Game March 7, 2008
Matt Greene 200th NHL PIM March 22, 2008
Denis Grebeshkov 100th NHL Game March 26, 2008
Zack Stortini 300th NHL PIM March 29, 2008

Transactions[edit]

The Oilers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[85] The Oilers have three first round selections in this draft: 6th overall, the 15th pick, acquired in the Ryan Smyth trade, and the 30th pick, acquired in the Chris Pronger trade.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
1 6 Sam Gagner (C/W)  Canada Edmonton Oilers London Knights (OHL)
1 15 Alex Plante (D)  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from New York Islanders) Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
1 21 Riley Nash (C)  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Dallas Stars via Phoenix Coyotes) Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
4 97 Linus Omark (W)  Sweden Edmonton Oilers Lulea HF (SEL)
5 127 Milan Kytnar (C)  Slovakia Edmonton Oilers Topolcany (Slovak-2)
6 157 William Quist (W)  Sweden Edmonton Oilers Tingsryd (Sweden-3)

Farm teams[edit]

Springfield Falcons[edit]

After shipping their prospects out across several clubs, the Oilers have signed a deal with the Springfield Falcons to be their American Hockey League affiliate in 2007–08. The Falcons will be the Oilers first full-time AHL affiliate since the Edmonton Road Runners were suspended following the 2004–05 season.

Stockton Thunder[edit]

The Stockton Thunder of the ECHL remain Edmonton's secondary affiliate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WHL Officially Awards Expansion Franchise to City of Edmonton for 2007–08 Season, whl.ca, June 27, 2006.
  2. ^ Edmonton Oilers - News: Lowe, MacTavish talk about acquiring Pitkanen - 07/01/2007
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