2006–07 Edmonton Oilers season

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2006–07 Edmonton Oilers
Division 5th Northwest
Conference 12th Western
2006–07 record 32–43–7
Home record 19–19–3
Road record 13–24–4
Goals for 195
Goals against 248
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Shawn Horcoff (Feb-Apr)
Ethan Moreau
Ryan Smyth (Oct-Feb)
Steve Staios (Feb-Apr)
Arena Rexall Place
Average attendance 16,839 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (31)
(Traded mid-season)
Assists Ales Hemsky (40)
Points Ryan Smyth (53)
Petr Sykora (53)
Ales Hemsky (53)
Penalties in minutes Matt Greene (109)
Plus/minus Daniel Tjarnqvist (+3)
Wins Dwayne Roloson (27)
Goals against average Dwayne Roloson (2.75)

The 2006–07 Edmonton Oilers season began on October 5, 2006. It was the Oilers' 35th season, 28th in the NHL. After making it to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the club had a disappointing season, finishing out of the playoffs.

Prior to the season the club experience the stunning loss of star defenceman Chris Pronger. After helping the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in the 2005–06 season, Pronger requested a trade due to personal reasons. In early July, Pronger was sent to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and various draft picks.[1]

Not only did Pronger leave, but another major acquisition from the previous season, Michael Peca, was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. Despite the losses in personnel, the Oilers had a very strong start to the season, briefly propelling them to the top of the Northwest Division standings. The Oilers would slowly fall back of the pack however, finding themselves well out of a playoff spot by the trade deadline.

At the deadline, the Oilers again stunned the NHL by trading their leading scorer, and pending Unrestricted free agent, Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for two prospects and a first-round draft pick.[2] Reports later indicated that Smyth and the Oilers were only $100,000 apart in contract negotiations when the Oilers chose to make the trade.[3]

On the same night as the Smyth trade, the Oilers retired former captain Mark Messier's number 11 sweater. The celebration of Messier also included having a street named after him in Edmonton. Oilers general manager, and Messier's former teammate, Kevin Lowe was noticeably absent from the retirement ceremony. Messier won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers during his time in Edmonton.[4]

The Oilers set new marks in this season for both success and failure. Edmonton recorded its 1,000th regular season win in the NHL on January 2, 2007,[5] while late in the season, the Oilers lost 12 consecutive games, a mark that surpassed Edmonton's previous record of 11. However, the NHL does not now consider an overtime loss a true loss, thus the feat did not officially break the franchise record for losses.[6][7]

In May 2007, Daryl Katz offered $145 million towards the purchase of the team. Sources close to the Edmonton Journal state that, as part of the deal, the team will remain in Edmonton.[8] No negotiations took place as the owners immediately responded that the Oilers were not for sale.[9]

Regular season[edit]

Excluding shootout goals scored, the Oilers had the fewest goals scored of all 30 NHL teams, with just 192.[10][11]

Season standings[edit]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
2 7 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
3 8 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
4 9 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
5 12 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 71

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


Schedule and results[edit]

2006–07 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention for the third time in their last five seasons. With the Carolina Hurricanes also failing to qualify for the post-season, it marked the first time in NHL history that the previous season's finalists both failed to qualify for the playoffs.[94]

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
Ryan Smyth 53 31 22 53 38 - - - - -
Petr Sykora 82 22 31 53 40 - - - - -
Ales Hemsky 64 13 40 53 40 - - - - -
Shawn Horcoff 80 16 35 51 56 - - - - -
Jarret Stoll 51 13 26 39 48 - - - - -
Raffi Torres 82 15 19 34 88 - - - - -
Joffrey Lupul 81 16 12 28 45 - - - - -
Fernando Pisani 77 14 14 28 40 - - - - -
Marc-Andre Bergeron 55 8 17 25 28 - - - - -
Marty Reasoner 72 6 14 20 60 - - - - -
Steve Staios 58 2 15 17 97 - - - - -
Patrick Thoresen 68 4 12 16 52 - - - - -
Toby Petersen 64 6 9 15 4 - - - - -
Daniel Tjarnqvist 37 3 12 15 30 - - - - -
Jason Smith 82 2 9 11 103 - - - - -
Marc-Antoine Pouliot 46 4 7 11 18 - - - - -
Ladislav Smid 77 3 7 10 37 - - - - -
Matt Greene 78 1 9 10 109 - - - - -
Brad Winchester 59 4 5 9 86 - - - - -
Jan Hejda 39 1 8 9 20 - - - - -
Tom Gilbert 12 1 5 6 0 - - - - -
Petr Nedved 19 1 4 5 10 - - - - -
Dwayne Roloson 68 0 3 3 12 - - - - -
Mathieu Roy 16 2 0 2 30 - - - - -
Robert Nilsson 4 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
Kyle Brodziak 6 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Zack Stortini 29 1 0 1 105 - - - - -
Danny Syvret 16 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Rob Schremp 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Sebastien Bisaillon 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Alexei Mikhnov 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bryan Young 15 0 0 0 10 - - - - -
Jussi Markkanen 22 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jean-Francois Jacques 37 0 0 0 33 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Edmonton. Stats reflect time with the Oilers only.
Denotes player traded mid-season

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; 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 Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Dwayne Roloson 68 3932 27 34 6 180 4 .909 2.75 - - - - - - - -
Jussi Markkanen 22 992 5 9 1 52 0 .886 3.14 - - - - - - - -

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 2:01: New Oilers record for fastest hat trick by Ryan Smyth on October 12, 2006.

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Fernando Pisani 100th NHL PIM October 5, 2006
Ladislav Smid 1st NHL Game
Patrick Thoresen
Ales Hemsky 100th NHL PIM October 12, 2006
Ladislav Smid 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Ryan Smyth 500th NHL Point
5th NHL Hat-trick
3rd NHL Natural Hat-trick
Patrick Thoresen 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Dwayne Roloson 100th NHL Win October 14, 2006
Daniel Tjarnqvist 100th NHL PIM October 17, 2006
Patrick Thoresen 1st NHL Assist October 21, 2006
Raffi Torres 200th NHL Game
Alexei Mikhnov 1st NHL Game October 23, 2006
Fernando Pisani 200th NHL Game October 25, 2006
Jarret Stoll 100th NHL Point October 28, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Game November 3, 2006
Dwayne Roloson 300th NHL Game
Jason Smith 800th NHL Game November 7, 2006
Brad Winchester 1st NHL Goal
Steve Staios 900th NHL PIM November 8, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Assist November 10, 2006
Petr Sykora 300th NHL PIM November 12, 2006
Petr Sykora 700th NHL Game November 13, 2006
Toby Petersen 200th NHL Game November 16, 2006
Joffrey Lupul 100th NHL Game November 30, 2006
Petr Sykora 300th NHL Assist
Daniel Tjarnqvist 300th NHL Game December 2, 2006
Dwayne Roloson 20th NHL Shutout December 4, 2006
Matt Greene 1st NHL Goal December 14, 2006
Ales Hemsky 300th NHL Game December 15, 2006
Shawn Horcoff 200th NHL Point December 21, 2006
Raffi Torres 100th NHL Point
Joffrey Lupul 100th NHL PIM December 28, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
January 8, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Game January 10, 2007
Matt Greene 100th NHL PIM
Mathieu Roy 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Jason Smith 900th NHL PIM
Joffrey Lupul 200th NHL Game January 12, 2007
Petr Nedved 700th NHL PIM January 13, 2007
Ryan Smyth 600th NHL PIM January 16, 2007
Jarret Stoll 200th NHL Game
Dwayne Roloson 50th NHL PIM January 18, 2007
Zack Stortini 1st NHL Game January 20, 2007
Marty Reasoner 200th NHL PIM January 26, 2007
Fernando Pisani 100th NHL Point January 31, 2007
Shawn Horcoff 400th NHL Game February 6, 2007
Marc-Andre Bergeron 100th NHL PIM February 15, 2007
Zack Stortini 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
February 20, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Ladislav Smid 1st NHL Goal February 22, 2007
Raffi Torres 200th NHL PIM March 1, 2007
Bryan Young 1st NHL Game March 9, 2007
Brad Winchester 100th NHL PIM March 12, 2007
Kyle Brodziak 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
March 17, 2007
Sebastien Bisaillon 1st NHL Game March 19, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Assist March 23, 2007
Matt Greene 100th NHL Game March 27, 2007
Dwyane Roloson 10th NHL Assist
Rob Schremp 1st NHL Game April 5, 2007
Zack Stortini 100th NHL PIM April 7, 2007
Danny Syvret 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver. The Oilers did not draft a player until the 45th pick.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
2 45 Jeff Petry (D)  United States Edmonton Oilers Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
3 75 Theo Peckham (D)  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Atlanta Thrashers) Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
5 133 Bryan Pitton (G)  Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Florida Panthers) Brampton Battalion (OHL)
5 140 Cody Wild (D)  United States Edmonton Oilers Providence College (NCAA)
6 170 Alexander Bumagin (LW)  Russia Edmonton Oilers Lada Togliatti (RSL)

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2006–07 Edmonton Oilers Roster

Goaltenders:

30 – Markkanen 35 – Roloson 

Defensemen

2 – Greene 5 – Smid 21 – Smith 24 – Staios 25 – Hejda 29 – Tjarnqvist 36 – Roy 40 – Syvret 60 – Bisaillon 76 – Young 77 – Gilbert 

Forwards

10 – Horcoff 12 – Nilsson 14 – Torres 15 – Lupul 16 – Stoll 18 – Moreau 19 – Reasoner 20 – Petersen 22 – Jacques 26 – Winchester 28 – Thoresen 33 – Schremp 34 – Pisani 46 – Stortini 78 – Pouliot 83 – Hemsky 93 – Nedved 

General ManagerKevin Lowe •  CoachCraig MacTavish