2000–01 Edmonton Oilers season

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2000–01 Edmonton Oilers
Division 2nd Northwest
Conference 6th Western
2000–01 record 39–28–12–3
Home record 23–9–7–2
Road record 16–19–5–1
Goals for 243
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Doug Weight
Alternate captains Mike Grier (Nov-Apr)
Bill Guerin (Oct-Nov)
Todd Marchant (Nov-Apr)
Rem Murray (Nov-Apr)
Jason Smith
Arena Skyreach Centre
Average attendance 15,611 (91.3%)
Minor league affiliate(s) Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (31)
Assists Doug Weight (65)
Points Doug Weight (90)
Penalties in minutes Georges Laraque (148)
Plus/minus Eric Brewer (+15)
Igor Ulanov (+15)
Wins Tommy Salo (36)
Goals against average Tommy Salo (2.46)

The 2000–01 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 22nd season in the NHL. They were coming off a 32–26–16–8 record in 1999–2000 earning 88 points, their highest point total since 1989–90. They made the playoffs for the fifth-straight season. The Oilers would lose to the Dallas Stars in six games in the first round.

Off-season[edit]

During the off-season, General Manager Glen Sather announced he was leaving the club to become the general manager of the New York Rangers. Sather had been the Oilers general manager since the 1980–81 season, and helped build the teams dynasty of the 1980s, when Edmonton won five Stanley Cups in seven years. Edmonton would replace Sather with Kevin Lowe, who was the team's head coach in 1999–2000, and they would name former Oilers player Craig MacTavish as the head coach of the team.

Regular season[edit]

Early in the season, the Oilers traded Bill Guerin to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Anson Carter and the Bruins' first- and second-round draft picks in 2001. Guerin had earned 22 points in 21 games with Edmonton at the time, though Carter would immediately provide solid scoring for the Oilers, earning 42 points in 61 games.

The highlight of the Oilers season was a nine-game winning streak in mid-February, which helped ensure the team make the playoffs for the fifth-straight season. Edmonton finished the year with 39 wins and 93 points, their highest totals since the 1987–88 season. They finished in the sixth spot in the Western Conference.

Offensively, Doug Weight led the club with 90 points, scoring 25 goals and adding 65 assists. Ryan Smyth scored a team-high 31 goals and added 39 assists to finish the year with 70 points. Janne Niinimaa led the defense with 12 goals and 46 points, while fellow blueliner Tom Poti also scored 12 goals, finishing with 32 points. Georges Laraque led the Oilers in penalty minutes with 148.

In goal, Tommy Salo got the majority of action, winning a career-high 36 games, along with a 2.46 goals against average (GAA) and earning eight shutouts.

The Oilers opened the playoffs against the Dallas Stars, making it the fifth-straight year that the two clubs would face each other, including the third-straight time in the first round. The teams would split the first two games in Dallas, and then split the two games in Edmonton, with both games in Edmonton being decided in overtime. Game 5 also went into overtime, with Dallas winning the game 4–3, and taking a 3–2 series lead. Game 6 returned to Edmonton, and the Stars held off the Oilers and won the game 3–1 and the series 4–2, eliminating the Oilers for the fourth-straight season.

Season standings[edit]

Northwest Division[1]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Colorado Avalanche 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
2 6 Edmonton Oilers 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
3 8 Vancouver Canucks 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
4 11 Calgary Flames 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
5 14 Minnesota Wild 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68

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

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
2 y – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
3 y – Dallas Stars PAC 82 48 24 8 2 241 187 106
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
5 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 40 27 12 3 217 192 95
6 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 38 28 13 3 252 228 92
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
8.5
9 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 35 27 17 3 214 212 90
10 Nashville Predators CEN 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
12 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71
14 Minnesota Wild NW 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68
15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

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


Schedule and results[edit]

2000–01 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 82 25 65 90 91
Ryan Smyth 82 31 39 70 58
Janne Niinimaa 82 12 34 46 90
Anson Carter 61 16 26 42 23
Todd Marchant 71 13 26 39 51
Goaltending
Player GP Min W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 73 4364 36 25 12 179 8 .904 2.46
Joaquin Gage 5 260 2 2 0 15 0 .880 3.46
Dominic Roussel 8 348 1 4 0 21 0 .861 3.62

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 6 3 4 7 4
Doug Weight 6 1 5 6 17
Eric Brewer 6 1 5 6 2
Anson Carter 6 3 1 4 4
Mike Comrie 6 1 2 3 0
Goaltending
Player GP Min W L GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 6 406 2 4 15 0 .920 2.22

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Janne Niinimaa 300th NHL PIM October 6, 2000
Michel Riesen 1st NHL Game
Brian Swanson
Chris Hajt 1st NHL Game October 11, 2000
Tommy Salo 100th NHL Win October 13, 2000
Michel Riesen 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 15, 2000
Brian Swanson
Jason Smith 400th NHL PIM
Brian Swanson 1st NHL Goal October 17, 2000
Mike Grier 300th NHL Game October 19, 2000
Ryan Smyth 200th NHL Point October 27, 2000
Patrick Cote 100th NHL Game October 28, 2000
Eric Brewer 100th NHL Game November 5, 2000
Ethan Moreau 300th NHL Game November 7, 2000
Igor Ulanov 500th NHL Game
Ryan Smyth 3rd NHL Hat-trick
2nd NHL Natural Hat-trick
November 14, 2000
Georges Laraque 300th NHL PIM December 3, 2000
Ryan Smyth 100th NHL Assist
Shawn Horcoff 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
December 6, 2000
Tommy Salo 20th NHL Shutout
Jason Chimera 1st NHL Game December 9, 2000
Shawn Horcoff 1st NHL Goal December 13, 2000
Ethan Moreau 100th NHL Point December 14, 2000
Tommy Salo 300th NHL Game
Daniel Cleary 100th NHL Game December 16, 2000
Rem Murray 300th NHL Game December 18, 2000
Ryan Smyth 300th NHL PIM
Doug Weight 600th NHL Point December 27, 2000
Mike Comrie 1st NHL Game December 30, 2000
Ethan Moreau 400th NHL PIM January 5, 2000
Mike Comrie 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
January 10, 2001
Ryan Smyth 4th NHL Hat-trick January 14, 2001
Ryan Smyth 400th NHL Game January 18, 2001
Mike Comrie 1st NHL Goal January 20, 2001
Sean Brown 500th NHL PIM January 24, 2001
Tom Poti 200th NHL Game
Dominic Roussel
Sean Brown 200th NHL Game February 12, 2001
Igor Ulanov 100th NHL Assist February 14, 2001
Todd Marchant 500th NHL Game February 20, 2001
Todd Marchant 100th NHL Goal February 25, 2001
Rem Murray 100th NHL PIM March 9, 2001
Eric Brewer 100th NHL PIM March 14, 2001
Georges Laraque 200th NHL Game March 21, 2001
Sergei Zholtok 100th NHL PIM
Doug Weight 600th NHL PIM March 24, 2001
Doug Weight 700th NHL Game March 26, 2001
Anson Carter 100th NHL Assist March 28, 2001
Sven Butenschon 1st NHL Goal April 7, 2001
Todd Marchant 400th NHL PIM
Jason Smith 500th NHL Game
500th NHL PIM
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Eric Brewer 1st NHL Game April 11, 2001
Mike Comrie
Scott Ferguson
Shawn Horcoff
Eric Brewer 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
April 14, 2001
Daniel Cleary 1st NHL Goal
Georges Laraque
Josh Green 1st NHL Game April 15, 2001
Domenic Pittis
Mike Comrie 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
April 17, 2001
Doug Weight 50th NHL PIM
Eric Brewer 1st NHL Goal April 19, 2001

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 12, 2000 To Nashville Predators
5th round pick in 2000Matt Koalska
To Edmonton Oilers
Patrick Cote
June 24, 2000 To New York Islanders
Roman Hamrlik
To Edmonton Oilers
Eric Brewer
Josh Green
2nd round pick in 2000Brad Winchester
July 20, 2000 To Boston Bruins
Kay Whitmore
To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
November 15, 2000 To Boston Bruins
Bill Guerin
1st round pick in 2001Shaone Morrisonn
To Edmonton Oilers
Anson Carter
1st round pick in 2001Ales Hemsky
2nd round pick in 2001Doug Lynch
December 18, 2000 To Montreal Canadiens
Chad Kilger
To Edmonton Oilers
Sergei Zholtok
January 12, 2001 To Nashville Predators
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Rory Fitzpatrick
March 13, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dan LaCouture
To Edmonton Oilers
Sven Butenschon

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team Contract Terms
D Scott Ferguson Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2 years, $770,000
D Terran Sandwith Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year,
F Domenic Pittis Buffalo Sabres 2 years, $650,000
F Paul Healey Nashville Predators 1 year,
Player New Team
F German Titov Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
F Rob Murray Philadelphia Flyers
F Michel Picard Philadelphia Flyers
F Boyd Devereaux Detroit Red Wings
F Alexander Selivanov Columbus Blue Jackets
G Mike Minard Toronto Maple Leafs

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 17 Alexei Mikhnov  Russia Yaroslavl Torpedo (Russia)
2 35 Brad Winchester  United States University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers (NCAA)
3 83 Alexander Lyubimov  Russia Samara CSK VVS (Russia)
4 113 Lou Dickenson  Canada Mississauga IceDogs (OHL)
5 152 Paul Flache  Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
6 184 Shaun Norrie  Canada Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
7 211 Joe Cullen  United States Colorado College Tigers (NCAA)
7 215 Matthew Lombardi  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
8 247 Jason Platt  United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
9 274 Evgeny Muratov  Russia Ak Bars Kazan (Russia)

Roster[edit]

2000-01 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

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