2002–03 Edmonton Oilers season

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2002–03 Edmonton Oilers
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 8th Western
2002–03 record 36–26–11–9
Home record 20–12–5–4
Road record 16–14–6–5
Goals for 231
Goals against 230
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Todd Marchant
Janne Niinimaa (Oct-Mar)
Ryan Smyth
Arena Skyreach Centre
Average attendance 16,657 (98.9%)
Minor league affiliate(s) Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Columbus Cottonmouths (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (27)
Assists Todd Marchant (40)
Points Ryan Smyth (61)
Penalties in minutes Scott Ferguson (120)
Plus/minus Marty Reasoner (+19)
Wins Tommy Salo (29)
Goals against average Jussi Markkanen (2.59)

The 2002–03 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 24th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 38–28–12–4 record in 2001–02, earning 92 points, however, they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996, finishing in 9th place in the Western Conference.

The Oilers would get off to a slow start, winning only 1 of their first 7 games, going 1–4–2, however, the club would turn around the tough start and move above the .500 mark on November 25, and never go below again for the remainder of the season. As the trade deadline approached in mid-March, and the club comfortably in a playoff position, Edmonton would make a couple of deals, trading defenceman Janne Niinimaa and a second-round draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Islanders in exchange for Brad Isbister and prospect Raffi Torres. The Oilers would also trade Anson Carter and Ales Pisa to the New York Rangers for Radek Dvorak and Cory Cross. Edmonton would finish the season with a 36–26–11–9 record, earning 92 points, the same amount as the previous season, and clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Offensively, Ryan Smyth would lead the club with 27 goals and 61 points, while Todd Marchant had a breakout season, earning 40 assists and 60 points. Anson Carter had 25 goals and 55 points in 68 games before being dealt to the New York Rangers. Mike York and Mike Comrie each broke the 20 goal plateau, with 22 and 20 goals respectively. Eric Brewer led the Oilers defense with eight goals and 29 points, while Scott Ferguson had a team high 120 penalty minutes.

In goal, Tommy Salo would once again get a majority of the playing time, winning 29 games, while posting a 2.71 goals against average (GAA) and earning four shutouts. Backup Jussi Markkanen had a very solid season, winning seven games, had a team-high 2.59 GAA and posted three shutouts.

The Oilers finished first overall in the NHL in short-handed goals scored, with 13.[1]

After a year of absence, Edmonton would return to the post-season and would face their old rivals, the Dallas Stars, who finished with 111 points in the regular season. This would be the sixth playoff meeting between the clubs in the past seven years, with Dallas winning four series in a row. Edmonton would start the series on the right note, defeating the Stars 2–1 on the road. Dallas, however, would rout the Oilers in Game 2 to even the series as it shifted to Edmonton The Oilers would take a 2–1 series lead with a solid 3–2 victory in Game 3, but Dallas would rebound in Game 4 to tie the series up at two games apiece. The Stars would then take control of the series, winning Game 5, 5–2, and end the series in Game 6, beating Edmonton 3–2, thereby eliminating the Oilers for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

Season standings[edit]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Colorado Avalanche 82 42 19 13 8 251 194 105
2 4 Vancouver Canucks 82 45 23 13 1 264 208 104
3 6 Minnesota Wild 82 42 29 10 1 198 178 95
4 8 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 26 11 9 231 230 92
5 12 Calgary Flames 82 29 36 13 4 186 228 75

[2]

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.


Schedule and results[edit]

2002–03 game log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 66 27 34 61 67
Todd Marchant 77 20 40 60 48
Anson Carter 68 25 30 55 20
Mike York 71 22 29 51 10
Mike Comrie 69 20 31 51 90

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP Min W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Jussi Markkanen 22 1180 7 8 3 51 3 .904 2.59
Tommy Salo 65 3814 29 27 8 172 4 .899 2.71

Playoff stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Shawn Horcoff 6 3 1 4 6
Georges Laraque 6 1 3 4 4
Eric Brewer 6 1 3 4 6
Ryan Smyth 6 2 0 2 16
Todd Marchant 6 0 2 2 6

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP Min W L GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 6 343 2 4 18 0 .888 3.15

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Ales Hemsky 1st NHL game October 10, 2002
Alex Henry
Ales Hemsky 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
October 12, 2002
Kari Haakana 1st NHL game October 17, 2002
Steve Staios 600th NHL PIM October 26, 2002
Jason Smith 100th NHL point October 28, 2002
Ales Pisa 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
November 3, 2002
Georges Laraque 300th NHL game November 5, 2002
Ethan Moreau 2nd NHL Gordie Howe hat trick November 9, 2002
Janne Niinimaa 500th NHL PIM
Mike Comrie 100th NHL point November 15, 2002
Ryan Smyth 400th NHL PIM November 16, 2002
Janne Niinimaa 500th NHL game November 23, 2002
Steve Staios 400th NHL game
Scott Ferguson 100th NHL PIM November 27, 2002
Jason Smith 600th NHL game December 5, 2002
Anson Carter 400th NHL game December 7, 2002
Scott Ferguson 100th NHL game
Jason Chimera 1st NHL assist December 8, 2002
Mike Comrie 100th NHL PIM
Alexei Semenov 1st NHL game December 30, 2002
Bobby Allen 1st NHL game December 31, 2002
Ales Hemsky 1st NHL goal January 4, 2003
Fernando Pisani 1st NHL game January 8, 2003
Georges Laraque 600th NHL PIM January 13, 2003
Mike York 100th NHL assist
Fernando Pisani 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
January 20, 2003
Alexei Semenov
Jani Rita 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
January 22, 2003
Jarret Stoll 1st NHL game
1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
January 29, 2003
Fernando Pisani 1st NHL goal February 5, 2003
Alexei Semenov 1st NHL goal February 7, 2003
Eric Brewer 300th NHL game February 8, 2003
Ethan Moreau 600th NHL PIM
500th NHL game
February 13, 2003
Anson Carter 300th NHL point February 18, 2003
Jani Rita 1st NHL assist
Mike York 300th NHL game February 20, 2003
Ales Pisa 1st NHL goal February 22, 2003
Marty Reasoner 100th NHL PIM
Todd Marchant 200th NHL assist February 23, 2003
Marty Reasoner 200th NHL game February 27, 2003
Marc-Andre Bergeron 1st NHL game March 11, 2003
Fernando Pisani 1st NHL hat-trick March 22, 2003
Cory Cross 100th NHL point March 26, 2003
Scott Ferguson 1st NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
Radek Dvorak 600th NHL game March 28, 2003
Marc-Andre Bergeron 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
March 31, 2003
Marc-Andre Bergeron 1st NHL assist April 5, 2003
Scott Ferguson 100th NHL game
Jussi Markkanen 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
TBD
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Ales Hemsky 1st NHL game April 9, 2003
Fernando Pisani
Alexei Semenov
Mike York
Shawn Horcoff 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
Cory Cross 50th NHL PIM April 11, 2003
Ryan Smyth
Jussi Markkanen 1st NHL game
Fernando Pisani 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
April 13, 2003
Tommy Salo 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
Mike York
Jason Chimera 1st NHL game
1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
April 17, 2003
Shawn Horcoff 1st NHL assist
Marc-Andre Bergeron 1st NHL game
1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
April 19, 2003

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 18, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 2003 - Ryan Potulny
To Edmonton Oilers
Jiri Dopita
June 22, 2002 To Buffalo Sabres
Jochen Hecht
To Edmonton Oilers
2nd round pick in 2002 - Jeff Deslauriers
2nd round pick in 2002 - Jarret Stoll
June 22, 2002 To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 2002 - Chris Higgins
To Edmonton Oilers
1st round pick in 2002 - Jesse Niinimaki
8th round pick in 2002 - Tomas Micka
June 30, 2002 To New York Rangers
4th round pick in 2003 - Corey Potter
To Edmonton Oilers
Mike Richter
October 7, 2002 To Washington Capitals
Mike Grier
To Edmonton Oilers
*2nd round pick in 2003 - Evgeni Tunik
3rd round pick in 2003 - Zach Stortini
January 15, 2003 To New York Rangers
Josh Green
To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
March 11, 2003 To New York Islanders
Janne Niinimaa
2nd round pick in 2003 - Evgeny Tunik
To Edmonton Oilers
Brad Isbister
Raffi Torres
March 11, 2003 To New York Rangers
Anson Carter
Ales Pisa
To Edmonton Oilers
Radek Dvorak
Cory Cross

*Later traded to the New York Islanders

Free agents[edit]

Player New team
G Mike Richter New York Rangers
D Sven Butenschon Florida Panthers
D Chris Hajt Washington Capitals
F Domenic Pittis Nashville Predators
G Marc Lamothe Detroit Red Wings
D Alain Nasreddine New York Islanders

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 15 Jesse Niinimaki  Finland Ilves (SM-liiga)
2 31 Jeff Deslauriers  Canada Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
2 36 Jarret Stoll  Canada Kootenay Ice (WHL)
2 44 Matt Greene  United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 79 Brock Radunske  Canada Michigan State University (NCAA)
4 106 Ivan Koltsov  Russia Severstal Cherepovets (RSL)
4 111 Jonas Almtorp  Sweden Modo Hockey (Elitserien)
4 123 Robin Kovar  Czech Republic HC Vsetin (Czech Extraliga)
5 148 Glenn Fisher  Canada Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL)
6 181 Mikko Luoma  Finland Tappara (SM-liiga)
7 205 Jean-Francois Dufort  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
7 211 Patrick Murphy  Canada Newmarket Hurricanes (OPJHL)
8 244 Dwight Helminen  United States University of Michigan (NCAA)
8 245 Tomas Micka  Czech Republic Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)
9 274 Fredrik Johansson  Sweden Frolunda HC (Elitserien)

Roster[edit]

2002-03 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

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