Team Recap: 5th-Seeded ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers

The 5th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '83-'84 Edmonton Oilers.

The 5th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers.

  •  Glenn Anderson (RW)
    • 13 GP   5 G   7 A   12 P   +2   44 S   2 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Paul Coffey (D)
    • 13 GP   6 G   15 A   21 P   +4   54 S   1 GWG   12 PIM   6 Stars
  • Lee Fogolin, Jr. (D)
    • 13 GP   3 G   0 A   3 P   +5   9 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Grant Fuhr (G)
    • 13 GP   8-3-1   3.69 GAA   .894 SV%   0 SO   3 Stars
  • Randy Gregg (D)
    • 12 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wayne Gretzky (C)
    • 13 GP   17 G   12 A   29 P   +5   102 S   1 GWG   6 PIM   13 Stars
  • Charlie Huddy (D)
    • 13 GP   3 G   7 A   10   +10   33 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dave Hunter (LW)
    • 12 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Don Jackson (D)
    • 13 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jari Kurri (RW)
    • 13 GP   12 G   17 A   29 P   +8   56 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   9 Stars
  • Ken Linseman (C)
    • 13 GP   3 G   3 A   6 P   +3   19 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kevin Lowe (D)
    • 13 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   +9   14 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Dave Lumley (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kevin McClelland (RW)
    • 13 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +2   19 S   0 GWG   15 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mark Messier (C)
    • 13 GP   5 G   17 A   22 P   +2   66 S   1 GWG   22 PIM   5 Stars
  • Andy Moog (G)
    • 3 GP   0-1-0   3.00 GAA   .859 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Jaroslav Pouzar (LW)
    • 13 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   +4   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tom Roulston (C)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Semenko (LW)
    • 13 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +6   5 S   0 GWG   16 PIM   1 Stars
  • Gord Sherven (C)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Raimo Summanen (LW)
    • 13 GP   2 G   6 A   8 P   +2   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 8-4-1
  • Goals Scored: 62
  • Goals/Game: 4.77
  • Goals Allowed: 55
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.23
  • Shots: 456
  • Shots Allowed: 517
  • Shots/Game: 35.1
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 39.8
  • # of PP’s: 28
  • PPG’s: 4
  • PP%: 14.3%
  • TSH: 31
  • PPGA: 10
  • PK%: 67.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 95

Any Oilers team from the mid-to-late-’80s would be expected to be a favorite in a tournament like this. The ’83-’84 version of the Oilers was certainly a favorite from the start and they looked it until they reached the Quarterfinals and got their booty’s handed to them by the ’73-’74 Boston Bruins. Here is how the ’83-’84 Oilers’ journey in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff went.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Swept 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks, 4-0

3rd Round:

Defeated 12th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche, 4-1

Quarterfinals:

Swept by 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins, 4-0

The ’83-’84 regular season was just the fifth year of existence for the Edmonton Oilers franchise and it was the season that started an NHL dynasty. This team just tore through everyone. Under head coach Glen Sather, the ’83-’84 Oilers posted a record of 57-18-5, which was good for 119 points and 1st in the Smythe Division, on their way to setting the NHL record for goals scored in a season (446), which they had set in the previous season as well. They faced the Winnipeg Jets in the Division Semifinals and swept them in three games, yeah best-of-five back then. After Winnipeg, the Calgary Flames really tested the Oilers and forced a Game 7, but Edmonton prevailed and they would lose just one game over the next two rounds. They swept the Minnesota North Stars in the Conference Finals and then defeated the New York Islanders in five games to win their first Stanley Cup and their first of five of the next seven years. They ended the Islanders dynasty and began one of their own.

Hold on….look at these numbers…..Wayne Gretzky registered 87 goals (hahaha) and 118 assists (HAHAHA) for 205 points (LOLOLOLOLOL). I guess I don’t exactly have to tell you that he led the Oilers in all three of those categories. Gretzky won his fourth consecutive Art Ross Trophy for that performance and actually registered at least one point in the Oilers’ first 51 games. The Oilers also had three other players reach triple digits in points. Defenseman Paul Coffey potted 40 goals and 86 assists for 126 points. Winger Jari Kurri notched 52 goals and 61 assists for 113 points. Finally, center Mark Messier posted 37 goals and 64 assists for 101 points. Oh and winger Glenn Anderson posted 54 goals and 45 assists for 99 points. Its safe to say that this team was known for their offense and their goaltending is proof. All due respect. Moog and Fuhr split time mostly and both posted nearly identical numbers. Both had GAA’s in the high-3.00’s and save percentages below .900%.

Up next is the #6 seed, the ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks!

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