1986–87 Edmonton Oilers season

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1986–87 Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup champions
Campbell Conference champions
Smythe Division champions
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1986–87 record 50–24–6
Home record 29–6–5
Road record 21–18–1
Goals for 372 (1st)
Goals against 284 (10th)
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Wayne Gretzky
Alternate captains Kevin Lowe
Mark Messier
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Average attendance 17,503 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky (62)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (121)
Points Wayne Gretzky (183)
Penalties in minutes Kevin McClelland (238)
Plus/minus Wayne Gretzky (+70)
Wins Andy Moog (28)
Goals against average Grant Fuhr (3.44)

The 1986–87 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' eighth season in the NHL, and they were coming off a heart breaking playoff loss to the Calgary Flames the year before, ending the Oilers' bid for a third-straight Stanley Cup. Edmonton would win the Presidents' Trophy, as they finished with 106 points, and win their sixth straight Smythe Division title. There was no postseason upset this year, as Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Final to win their third Stanley Cup in four years, although the Flyers did push the Finals series to seven games.

Regular season[edit]

Wayne Gretzky would lead the league with 183 points, earning his seventh Art Ross Trophy and win his eighth Hart Trophy. Jari Kurri would finish with 54 goals and 108 points, while Mark Messier had a career high 107 points. Esa Tikkanen had a break out season, getting 78 points, including 34 goals, along with 120 penalty minutes. Paul Coffey missed 21 games, but still finished with 67 points to lead Oilers defensemen.

In goal, Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog would once again split time, with Moog leading the team with 28 wins, while Fuhr posted a team best 3.44 GAA.

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 50 24 6 372 284 106
Calgary Flames 80 46 31 3 318 289 95
Winnipeg Jets 80 40 32 8 279 271 88
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 41 8 318 341 70
Vancouver Canucks 80 29 43 8 282 314 66

[1]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 

Schedule and results[edit]

1986–87 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, the Oilers would get a bit of a scare in their opening game against the Los Angeles Kings, losing 5–2, but Edmonton would rebound, winning game two by a 13–3 score, and would win eight games in a row to get past the Kings, and sweep the Winnipeg Jets in the process. Edmonton would have little trouble getting past the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Final, defeating them in five games, and would face the only other 100-point team in the NHL in the Stanley Cup Final, the Philadelphia Flyers. The series would go the full seven games, with Edmonton winning the seventh and deciding game by a 3–1 score to capture their third Stanley Cup in the past four years. No Oiler won the Conn Smythe Trophy, as Ron Hextall of the Flyers won it despite failing to win the Stanley Cup.

1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 79 62 121 183 28
Jari Kurri 79 54 54 108 41
Mark Messier 77 37 70 107 73
Esa Tikkanen 76 34 44 78 120
Glenn Anderson 80 35 38 73 65
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 44 2388 22 13 3 137 0 .881 3.44
Andy Moog 46 2461 28 11 3 144 0 .882 3.51

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 21 5 29 34 6
Mark Messier 21 12 16 28 16
Glenn Anderson 21 14 13 27 59
Jari Kurri 21 15 10 25 20
Kent Nilsson 21 6 13 19 6
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 19 1148 14 5 47 0 .908 2.46
Andy Moog 2 120 2 0 8 0 .784 4.00

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 177: A new NHL record for most career points in a playoffs by Wayne Gretzky on April 9, 1987.
  • 9: A new NHL record for most career short-handed goals in a playoffs by Mark Messier on May 22, 1987.
  • 5: Tied NHL record for most game-winning goals in a playoffs by Jari Kurri on May 31, 1987.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Mike Krushelnyski 300th NHL Game October 15, 1986
Esa Tikkanen 1st NHL Hat-trick
Jeff Beukeboom 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 17, 1986
Jari Kurri 17th NHL Hat-trick
1st NHL Natural Hat-trick
Wayne Gretzky 38th NHL Hat-trick October 24, 1986
Glenn Anderson 400th NHL PIM October 31, 1986
Lee Fogolin 1,300th NHL PIM
Steve Smith 200th NHL PIM
Craig Muni 1st NHL Goal November 8, 1986
Mike Krushelnyski 200th NHL PIM November 11, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 500th NHL Goal
39th NHL Hat-trick
November 22, 1986
Dave Hunter 700th NHL PIM November 24, 1986
Esa Tikkanen 2nd NHL Hat-trick
Kevin McClelland 800th NHL PIM December 3, 1986
Andy Moog 200th NHL Game
Steve Graves 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
December 5, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 1,400th NHL Point
Randy Gregg 100th NHL Assist December 9, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 40th NHL Hat-trick December 10, 1986
Randy Gregg 200th NHL PIM December 12, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 900th NHL Assist
Wayne Gretzky 41st NHL Hat-trick
9th Four-Goal NHL Game
6th NHL Natural Hat-trick
December 17, 1986
Craig MacTavish 100th NHL Assist December 28, 1986
Jeff Beukeboom 1st NHL Goal December 30, 1986
Kevin Lowe 200th NHL Assist
Marty McSorley 600th NHL PIM
Paul Coffey 200th NHL Goal January 3, 1987
Andy Moog 10th NHL Assist January 11, 1987
Glenn Anderson 300th NHL Assist January 13, 1987
Jari Kurri 700th NHL Point
Mark Messier 600th NHL Point January 23, 1987
Steve Smith 300th NHL PIM
Wayne Gretzky 50th Goal in 55 Games February 4, 1987
Glenn Anderson 500th NHL Game February 15, 1987
Mike Krushelnyski 3rd NHL Gordie Howe hat trick February 18, 1987
Esa Tikkanen 100th NHL PIM February 22, 1987
Kevin McClelland 900th NHL PIM February 24, 1987
Glenn Anderson 600th NHL Point February 27, 1987
Reijo Ruotsalainen 100th NHL Goal March 6, 1987
Wayne Gretzky 1,500th NHL Point March 11, 1987
Jari Kurri 50th Goal in 70 Games March 17, 1987
Moe Lemay 400th NHL PIM
Jeff Beukeboom 100th NHL PIM March 20, 1987
Kevin Lowe 600th NHL PIM
Reijo Ruotsalainen 400th NHL Game March 26, 1987
Glenn Anderson 300th NHL Goal March 28, 1987
Jari Kurri 200th NHL PIM April 4, 1987
Paul Coffey 500th NHL Game TBD
Jari Kurri
Mark Messier
Lee Fogolin 900th NHL Game
Randy Gregg 300th NHL Game
Kevin McClelland
Craig MacTavish
Charlie Huddy 400th NHL Game
Wayne Gretzky 600th NHL Game
Dave Hunter
Kevin Lowe
Mark Napier
Steve Smith 100th NHL Game
Raimo Summanen
Esa Tikkanen
Wayne Van Dorp 1st NHL Game
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Craig Muni 1st NHL Game April 8, 1987
Mike Krushelnyski 50th NHL Game April 9, 1987
Jari Kurri 6th NHL Hat-trick
2nd Four-Goal NHL Game
Moe Lemay 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Mark Messier 100th NHL Point
Glenn Anderson 100th NHL Point April 11, 1987
Charlie Huddy 50th NHL PIM April 12, 1987
Craig Muni 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Steve Smith 1st NHL Goal
Glenn Anderson 150th NHL PIM April 21, 1987
Jari Kurri 50th NHL PIM April 25, 1987
Glenn Anderson 50th NHL Goal April 27, 1987
Moe Lemay 1st NHL Assist
Dave Hunter 200th NHL PIM May 5, 1987
Steve Smith 50th NHL PIM May 7, 1987
Paul Coffey 150th NHL PIM May 9, 1987
Craig MacTavish 50th NHL Game
Kent Nilsson
Marty McSorley 100th NHL PIM May 11, 1987
Kent Nilsson 50th NHL Point May 13, 1987
Kelly Buchberger 1st NHL Game May 17, 1987
Paul Coffey 100th NHL Point
Wayne Gretzky 200th NHL Point May 20, 1987
Craig MacTavish 50th NHL PIM May 24, 1987
Wayne Gretzky 100th NHL Game May 28, 1987
Charlie Huddy 50th NHL Point May 31, 1987
Mark Messier 100th NHL Game
100th NHL PIM
Wayne Van Dorp 1st NHL Game TBD

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 25, 1986 To Montreal Canadiens
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Alfie Turcotte
July 3, 1986 To Winnipeg Jets
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Murray Eaves
October 2, 1986 To Buffalo Sabres
Craig Muni
To Edmonton Oilers
Cash
October 15, 1986 To St. Louis
Todd Ewen
To Edmonton Oilers
Shawn Evans
October 23, 1986 To New York Rangers
Don Jackson
Stu Kulak
Miloslav Horava
Mike Golden
To Edmonton Oilers
Reijo Ruotsalainen
Jim Wiemer
Ville Kentala
Clark Donatelli
December 11, 1986 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Edmonton Oilers
Stu Kulak
December 12, 1986 To Hartford Whalers
Dave Semenko
To Edmonton Oilers
3rd round pick in 1988 - Trevor Sim
March 2, 1987 To Minnesota North Stars
2nd round pick in 1988 - Link Gaetz
To Edmonton Oilers
Kent Nilsson
March 6, 1987 To Buffalo Sabres
Lee Fogolin
Mark Napier
4th round pick in 1987 - John Bradley
To Edmonton Oilers
Normand Lacombe
Wayne Van Dorp
4th round in 1987 - Peter Eriksson
March 9, 1987 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jeff Brubaker
To Edmonton Oilers
Dom Campedelli
March 10, 1987 To Vancouver Canucks
Raimo Summanen
To Edmonton Oilers
Moe Lemay
May 14, 1987 To Montreal Canadiens
Alfie Turcotte
To Edmonton Oilers
Cash

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
F Tom McMurchy Calgary Flames
D Craig Muni Toronto Maple Leafs
D Allan Tuer Los Angeles Kings
F Danny Gare Detroit Red Wings
Player New Team
F Simon Wheeldon New York Rangers

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 21 Kim Issel  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2 42 Jamie Nicolls  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
3 63 Ron Shudra  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
4 84 Dan Currie  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
5 105 David Haas  Canada London Knights (OHL)
6 126 Jim Ennis  Canada Boston University Terriers (Hockey East)
7 147 Ivan Matulik  Czechoslovakia HC Slovan Bratislava (Czechoslovak Extraliga)
8 168 Nick Beaulieu  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
9 189 Mike Greenlay  Canada Penticton Knights (BCJHL)
10 210 Matt Lanza  United States Winthrop High School (USHS)
11 231 Mojmir Bozik  Czechoslovakia HC Košice (Czechoslovak Extraliga)
12 252 Tony Hand  United Kingdom Murrayfield Racers (BHL)

Roster[edit]

1986-87 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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