1997–98 Edmonton Oilers season

The 1997–98 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 19th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 36–37–9 record in 1996–97, earning their first Stanley Cup playoff spot in five seasons. The Oilers then defeated the heavily favoured Colorado Avalanche before losing to the Dallas Stars in the second round.[citation needed]

1997–98 Edmonton Oilers
Division3rd Pacific
Conference7th Western
1997–98 record35–37–10
Home record20–16–5
Road record15–21–5
Goals for215
Goals against224
Team information
General managerGlen Sather
CoachRon Low
CaptainKelly Buchberger
Alternate captainsBoris Mironov
Doug Weight
ArenaEdmonton Coliseum
Average attendance16,245 (95.0%)
Minor league affiliate(s)Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
New Orleans Brass (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsDoug Weight (26)
AssistsDoug Weight (44)
PointsDoug Weight (70)
Penalty minutesDrake Berehowsky (169)
Plus/minusTodd Marchant (+9)
Dean McAmmond (+9)
WinsCurtis Joseph (29)
Goals against averageCurtis Joseph (2.63)

Edmonton began the season slowly, and on January 4, with a record of 11–22–9, the Oilers traded Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Bill Guerin and Valeri Zelepukin. The trade seemed to spark Edmonton, as they finished the year 24–15–1, making the playoffs for the second-straight season after finishing in seventh place in the Western Conference.[citation needed]

Offensively, Doug Weight had another solid season, leading the Oilers in goals (26), assists (44) and points (70). Ryan Smyth was the only other player to score at least 20 goals for the team. Dean McAmmond had a breakout season, finishing second to Weight with 50 points, as well as third in goals, with 19. Bill Guerin had a solid half season in Edmonton, scoring 13 goals and 29 points in 40 games. Boris Mironov would lead the defence with 16 goals and 46 points, while Drake Berehowsky would lead the team with 169 penalty minutes.[citation needed]

In goal, Curtis Joseph got the majority of playing time, winning 29 games, posting a goals against average (GAA) of 2.63 and setting the club record with shutouts in a season at eight. Bob Essensa backed him up once again, contributing a solid GAA of 2.55 and winning six games.[citation needed] The Oilers also tied the Dallas Stars for most power-play goals scored (77) and finished with the most power-play opportunities (483) in the League.[1]

On March 2, 1998, Scott Fraser scored just 11 seconds into the overtime period to give the Oilers a 5-4 road win over the Colorado Avalanche.[2] It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 1997–98 regular season.[3]

The Oilers opened the playoffs against the Pacific Division-winning Colorado Avalanche, who eliminated Edmonton from the playoffs the previous spring, and finished with 15 more points during the regular season. The Oilers, however, surprised the Avalanche in the opening game, winning 3–2, but Colorado stormed back to win three in a row to go up 3–1 in the series. The Oilers held off the Avalanche in Game 5 with a 3–1 in Denver, then returned home for game 6 to shut-out Colorado 2–0, forcing a deciding Game 7. Curtis Joseph earned his second-straight shutout in the series, as Edmonton won 4–0 and the series 4–3, eliminating the heavily favoured Avalanche.[citation needed]

In the second round, Edmonton played against Dallas, whom the Oilers defeated the previous year in the opening round. The Stars finished with an NHL-best 109 points in the regular season. The Stars beat Edmonton in the first game, but Curtis Joseph shut-out Dallas in Game 2, evening the series as it returned to Edmonton for the next two games. The third game was scoreless in regulation time, though the Stars scored in the first overtime period to take a 2–1 series lead. The Oilers' offence then went dry as they scored only two goals in the next two games, losing both, and the series 4–1.[citation needed]

Season standings

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Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
2 5 Los Angeles Kings 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
3 7 Edmonton Oilers 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
4 8 San Jose Sharks 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
5 11 Calgary Flames 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
6 12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
7 13 Vancouver Canucks 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

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

Western Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Dallas Stars CEN 82 49 22 11 242 167 109
2 x – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 44 23 15 250 196 103
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 45 29 8 256 204 98
5 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
6 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 35 35 12 224 227 82
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
8 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
9 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 30 39 13 192 199 73
10 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 43 9 194 237 69
11 Calgary Flames PAC 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
13 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won Division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results

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Regular season

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1997–98 regular season[5]
October: 5–6–1 (home: 3–4–1 ; road: 2–2–0)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
1 October 1 Edmonton Oilers 5 – 3 San Jose Sharks Joseph 16,769 1–0–0 2 Recap
2 October 3 Detroit Red Wings 8 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 1–1–0 2 Recap
3 October 5 Colorado Avalanche 3 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 16,093 1–2–0 2 Recap
4 October 8 New York Rangers 3 – 3 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 16,573 1–2–1 3 Recap
5 October 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 2–2–1 5 Recap
6 October 13 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 Vancouver Canucks Essensa 14,535 2–3–1 5 Recap
7 October 15 Colorado Avalanche 6 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 15,972 2–4–1 5 Recap
8 October 17 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Essensa 16,565 2–5–1 5 Recap
9 October 19 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Los Angeles Kings OT Joseph 11,279 3–5–1 7 Recap
10 October 21 Boston Bruins 2 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,870 3–6–1 7 Recap
11 October 24 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 4–6–1 9 Recap
12 October 29 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,390 5–6–1 11 Recap
November: 3–7–5 (home: 1–2–2 ; road: 2–5–3)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
13 November 1 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 3 Boston Bruins Joseph 13,969 5–7–1 11 Recap
14 November 3 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 2 New York Rangers OT Joseph 18,200 5–7–2 12 Recap
15 November 5 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 4 New York Islanders OT Joseph 9,036 5–7–3 13 Recap
16 November 6 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 6 Philadelphia Flyers Essensa 19,348 5–8–3 13 Recap
17 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Washington Capitals Joseph 10,397 5–9–3 13 Recap
18 November 10 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 4 Buffalo Sabres OT Joseph 13,628 5–9–4 14 Recap
19 November 12 Carolina Hurricanes 6 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,240 5–10–4 14 Recap
20 November 15 Calgary Flames 2 – 2 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 17,099 5–10–5 15 Recap
21 November 17 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 6 Phoenix Coyotes Joseph 14,686 5–11–5 15 Recap
22 November 19 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 Dallas Stars Joseph 15,783 5–12–5 15 Recap
23 November 20 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 0 St. Louis Blues Joseph 15,988 6–12–5 17 Recap
24 November 22 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 0 Ottawa Senators Joseph 17,113 7–12–5 19 Recap
25 November 25 Chicago Blackhawks 2 – 2 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 14,473 7–12–6 20 Recap
26 November 28 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 7–13–6 20 Recap
27 November 30 San Jose Sharks 1 – 6 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,739 8–13–6 22 Recap
December: 3–7–3 (home: 1–3–1 ; road: 2–4–2)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
28 December 2 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Colorado Avalanche Joseph 16,061 8–14–6 22 Recap
29 December 3 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Dallas Stars Joseph 14,241 8–15–6 22 Recap
30 December 5 Detroit Red Wings 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Essensa 17,099 9–15–6 24 Recap
31 December 7 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 3 Chicago Blackhawks OT Joseph 15,591 9–15–7 25 Recap
32 December 10 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 New Jersey Devils Joseph 13,831 9–16–7 25 Recap
33 December 12 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Detroit Red Wings Essensa 19,983 10–16–7 27 Recap
34 December 13 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 1 St. Louis Blues Joseph 17,207 11–16–7 29 Recap
35 December 17 Chicago Blackhawks 0 – 0 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 15,431 11–16–8 30 Recap
36 December 20 Dallas Stars 2 – 1 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 17,099 11–17–8 30 Recap
37 December 22 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 3 Montreal Canadiens OT Essensa 20,731 11–17–9 31 Recap
38 December 23 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 5 Toronto Maple Leafs Joseph 15,726 11–18–9 31 Recap
39 December 27 Colorado Avalanche 5 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 11–19–9 31 Recap
40 December 30 Philadelphia Flyers 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 11–20–9 31 Recap
January: 8–5–0 (home: 5–3–0 ; road: 3–2–0)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
41 January 2 Montreal Canadiens 5 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 11–21–9 31 Recap
42 January 4 Los Angeles Kings 3 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 16,266 11–22–9 31 Recap
43 January 7 Florida Panthers 2 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,797 12–22–9 33 Recap
44 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 5 – 1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Joseph 17,174 13–22–9 35 Recap
45 January 10 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 3 Los Angeles Kings Joseph 16,005 14–22–9 37 Recap
46 January 12 St. Louis Blues 1 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,872 15–22–9 39 Recap
47 January 14 Calgary Flames 2 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 16–22–9 41 Recap
48 January 20 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 6 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,842 17–22–9 43 Recap
49 January 23 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 San Jose Sharks Joseph 17,483 17–23–9 43 Recap
50 January 24 Edmonton Oilers 5 – 2 Phoenix Coyotes Essensa 15,826 18–23–9 45 Recap
51 January 26 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Colorado Avalanche OT Joseph 16,061 18–24–9 45 Recap
52 January 28 New Jersey Devils 1 – 1 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 17,099 18–24–10 46 Recap
53 January 31 Vancouver Canucks 6 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 18–25–10 46 Recap
February: 3–4–0 (home: 3–2–0 ; road: 0–2–0)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
54 February 2 Los Angeles Kings 0 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,403 19–25–10 48 Recap
55 February 4 San Jose Sharks 3 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 15,251 19–26–10 48 Recap
56 February 6 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 5 Vancouver Canucks Joseph 17,421 19–27–10 48 Recap
57 February 7 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Calgary Flames Essensa 18,719 19–28–10 48 Recap
58 February 25 Ottawa Senators 2 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Essensa 16,142 20–28–10 50 Recap
59 February 27 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Essensa 17,099 20–29–10 50 Recap
60 February 28 San Jose Sharks 1 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 21–29–10 52 Recap
March: 8–6–0 (home: 4–2–0 ; road: 4–4–0)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
61 March 2 Edmonton Oilers 5 – 4 Colorado Avalanche OT Essensa 16,061 22–29–10 54 Recap
62 March 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 14,640 23–29–10 56 Recap
63 March 7 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Joseph 15,726 23–30–10 56 Recap
64 March 9 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 3 Chicago Blackhawks OT Joseph 17,900 24–30–10 58 Recap
65 March 11 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 0 Tampa Bay Lightning Joseph 15,319 25–30–10 60 Recap
66 March 13 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 0 Florida Panthers Joseph 14,703 26–30–10 62 Recap
67 March 15 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Carolina Hurricanes Joseph 7,853 26–31–10 62 Recap
68 March 17 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 4 Detroit Red Wings Essensa 19,983 26–32–10 62 Recap
69 March 18 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Pittsburgh Penguins Joseph 14,327 26–33–10 62 Recap
70 March 21 St. Louis Blues 0 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 27–33–10 64 Recap
71 March 22 New York Islanders 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 16,731 27–34–10 64 Recap
72 March 25 Washington Capitals 2 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 15,130 28–34–10 66 Recap
73 March 27 Buffalo Sabres 1 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 28–35–10 66 Recap
74 March 30 Calgary Flames 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 29–35–10 68 Recap
April: 6–2–0 (home: 4–0–0 ; road: 2–2–0)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
75 April 1 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Vancouver Canucks Joseph 15,662 29–36–10 68 Recap
76 April 3 Dallas Stars 1 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 30–36–10 70 Recap
77 April 6 Vancouver Canucks 2 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 31–36–10 72 Recap
78 April 8 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Joseph 17,174 31–37–10 72 Recap
79 April 9 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 0 Los Angeles Kings Joseph 14,450 32–37–10 74 Recap
80 April 11 Edmonton Oilers 5 – 4 Calgary Flames Joseph 18,719 33–37–10 76 Recap
81 April 15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 34–37–10 78 Recap
82 April 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Essensa 17,099 35–37–10 80 Recap
Legend:

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

Playoffs

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1998 Stanley Cup playoffs[5]
Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. (2) Colorado Avalanche – Oilers win 4–3
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 22 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Colorado Avalanche Joseph 16,061 1–0 Recap
2 April 24 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 5 Colorado Avalanche Joseph 16,061 1–1 Recap
3 April 26 Colorado Avalanche 5 – 4 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 17,099 1–2 Recap
4 April 28 Colorado Avalanche 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 1–3 Recap
5 April 30 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 1 Colorado Avalanche Joseph 16,061 2–3 Recap
6 May 2 Colorado Avalanche 0 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 3–3 Recap
7 May 4 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 0 Colorado Avalanche Joseph 16,061 4–3 Recap
Western Conference Semifinals vs. (1) Dallas Stars – Stars win 4–1
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 May 7 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 3 Dallas Stars Joseph 16,928 0–1 Recap
2 May 9 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 0 Dallas Stars Joseph 16,928 1–1 Recap
3 May 11 Dallas Stars 1 – 0 Edmonton Oilers OT Joseph 17,099 1–2 Recap
4 May 13 Dallas Stars 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Joseph 17,099 1–3 Recap
5 May 16 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Dallas Stars Joseph 16,928 1–4 Recap
Legend:

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Player statistics

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Scoring

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  • Position abbreviations: C = Centre; D = Defence; G = Goaltender; LW = Left wing; RW = Right wing
  • † = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Oilers only.
  • ‡ = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Oilers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
39 Doug Weight C 79 26 44 70 1 69 12 2 7 9 −4 14
37 Dean McAmmond LW 77 19 31 50 9 46 12 1 4 5 0 12
2 Boris Mironov D 81 16 30 46 −8 100 12 3 3 6 −3 27
26 Todd Marchant LW 76 14 21 35 9 71 12 1 1 2 0 10
94 Ryan Smyth LW 65 20 13 33 −24 44 12 1 3 4 −2 16
9 Bill Guerin RW 40 13 16 29 1 80 12 7 1 8 −6 17
14 Mats Lindgren C 82 13 13 26 0 42 12 1 1 2 0 10
22 Roman Hamrlik D 41 6 20 26 3 48 12 0 6 6 −4 12
33 Dan McGillis D 67 10 15 25 −17 74
18 Scott Fraser RW 29 12 11 23 6 6 11 1 1 2 0 0
16 Kelly Buchberger RW 82 6 17 23 −10 122 12 1 2 3 0 25
51 Andrei Kovalenko RW 59 6 17 23 −14 28 1 0 0 0 0 2
20 Tony Hrkac C 36 8 11 19 3 10 12 0 3 3 2 2
17 Rem Murray C 61 9 9 18 −9 39 11 1 4 5 −1 2
7 Jason Arnott RW 35 5 13 18 −16 78
25 Mike Grier RW 66 9 6 15 −3 73 12 2 2 4 4 13
21 Valeri Zelepukin LW 33 2 10 12 −2 57 8 1 2 3 3 2
5 Greg de Vries D 65 7 4 11 −17 80 7 0 0 0 −4 21
24 Janne Niinimaa D 11 1 8 9 7 6 11 1 1 2 3 12
6 Bobby Dollas D 30 2 5 7 6 22 11 0 0 0 2 16
15 Drake Berehowsky D 67 1 6 7 1 169 12 1 2 3 1 14
19 Boyd Devereaux C 38 1 4 5 −5 6
32 Craig Millar D 11 4 0 4 −3 8
12 Joe Hulbig LW 17 2 2 4 −1 2
8 Ray Whitney LW 9 1 3 4 −1 0
24 Bryan Marchment D 27 0 4 4 −2 58
8 Frank Musil D 17 1 2 3 1 8 7 0 0 0 1 6
9 Mike Watt C 14 1 2 3 −4 4
55 Drew Bannister D 34 0 2 2 −7 42
31 Curtis Joseph G 71 0 2 2 4 12 0 0 0 2
10 Steve Kelly C 19 0 2 2 −4 8
23 Sean Brown D 18 0 1 1 −1 43
28 Bill Huard LW 30 0 1 1 −5 72 4 0 0 0 0 2
21 Ladislav Benysek D 2 0 0 0 −2 0
36 Dennis Bonvie RW 4 0 0 0 0 27
29 Jason Bowen D 4 0 0 0 0 10
30 Bob Essensa G 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
40 Scott Ferguson D 1 0 0 0 1 0
8 Doug Friedman LW 16 0 0 0 0 20
27 Georges Laraque RW 11 0 0 0 −4 59
4 Kevin Lowe D 7 0 0 0 −3 22 1 0 0 0 0 4
6 Bryan Muir D 7 0 0 0 0 17
38 Terran Sandwith D 8 0 0 0 −4 6

Goaltending

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Regular season Playoffs
No. Player GP W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
31 Curtis Joseph 71 29 31 9 1901 181 2.63 .905 8 4132 12 5 7 319 23 1.93 .928 3 716
30 Bob Essensa 16 6 6 1 404 35 2.54 .913 0 825 1 0 0 11 1 2.26 .909 0 27

Awards and records

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Awards

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Type Award/honour Recipient Ref
League
(in-season)
NHL All-Star Game selection Doug Weight [6]
NHL Rookie of the Month Scott Fraser (March) [7]
Scott Fraser (April)
Team Community Service Award Todd Marchant [8]
Defenceman of the Year Boris Mironov [8]
Molson Cup Curtis Joseph [8]
Most Popular Player Curtis Joseph [8]
Top Defensive Forward Mats Lindgren [8]
Top First Year Oiler Roman Hamrlik [8]
Unsung Hero Dean McAmmond [8]
Zane Feldman Trophy Doug Weight [8]

Records

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  • 14: An Oilers record for most shutouts in a career by Curtis Joseph.
  • 10: A new Oilers record for most shutouts in a career by Curtis Joseph on February 2, 1998.

Milestones

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Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Todd Marchant 100th NHL Point October 1, 1997
Boyd Devereaux 1st NHL Game October 5, 1997
Bryan Marchment 1,300th NHL PIM October 11, 1997
Jason Bowen 100th NHL PIM October 21, 1997
Steve Kelly 1st NHL Assist October 24, 1997
Drake Berehowsky 200th NHL PIM October 29, 1997
Boyd Devereaux 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
November 3, 1997
Craig Millar 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 5, 1997
Curtis Joseph 400th NHL Game November 8, 1997
Ladislav Benysek 1st NHL Game November 15, 1997
Georges Laraque
Mike Watt 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Sean Brown 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
November 17, 1997
Joe Hulbig
Mike Grier 100th NHL Game November 19, 1997
Bill Huard 200th NHL Game
Mike Watt 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 22, 1997
Doug Friedman 1st NHL Game November 25, 1997
Doug Weight 400th NHL Point November 28, 1997
Jason Arnott 100th NHL Goal November 30, 1997
Greg de Vries 100th NHL PIM December 2, 1997
Dean McAmmond 100th NHL Point December 3, 1997
Joe Hulbig 1st NHL Goal December 5, 1997
Dan McGillis 100th NHL Game
Rem Murray
Mats Lindgren 100th NHL Game December 7, 1997
Doug Weight 300th NHL Assist December 10, 1997
Kelly Buchberger 1,600th NHL PIM December 20, 1997
Bryan Marchment 100th NHL Point
Kelly Buchberger 700th NHL Game December 27, 1997
Dean McAmmond 200th NHL Game
Doug Weight 400th NHL PIM
Boyd Devereaux 1st NHL Goal January 20, 1998
Dan McGillis 100th NHL PIM January 23, 1998
Greg de Vries 100th NHL Game January 31, 1998
Curtis Joseph 200th NHL Win February 2, 1998
Terran Sandwith 1st NHL Game
Boris Mironov 100th NHL Assist February 6, 1998
Roman Hamrlik 200th NHL Point February 25, 1998
Boris Mironov 400th NHL PIM
300th NHL Game
February 27, 1998
Bill Guerin 500th NHL PIM February 28, 1998
Scott Ferguson 1st NHL Game March 4, 1998
Bill Guerin 400th NHL Game
Drake Berehowsky 300th NHL PIM March 7, 1998
Mike Grier 100th NHL PIM
Roman Hamrlik 400th NHL Game
Valeri Zelepukin 400th NHL PIM
Scott Fraser 1st NHL Assist March 9, 1998
Roman Hamrlik 500th NHL PIM March 13, 1998
Dean McAmmond 100th NHL PIM March 15, 1998
Valeri Zelepukin 400th NHL Game
Frank Musil 100th NHL Assist March 18, 1998
Todd Marchant 200th NHL PIM March 25, 1998
Ryan Smyth 100th NHL Point April 1, 1998
Bobby Dollas 500th NHL Game April 3, 1998
Doug Weight 500th NHL Game April 8, 1998
Frank Musil 1,200th NHL PIM April 11, 1998
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Drake Berehowsky 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
April 22, 1998
Dean McAmmond 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Scott Fraser 1st NHL Game
Kelly Buchberger 100th NHL PIM April 24, 1998
Curtis Joseph 50th NHL Game April 28, 1998
Drake Berehowsky 1st NHL Goal May 2, 1998
Bill Guerin 100th NHL PIM
Curtis Joseph 5th NHL Shutout
Dean McAmmond 1st NHL Assist
Mats Lindgren 1st NHL Goal May 4, 1998
Scott Fraser 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
May 13, 1998
Scott Fraser 1st NHL Assist May 16, 1998

Transactions

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Trades

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June 18, 1997 To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Cerven
To Edmonton Oilers
7th round pick in 1997
July 16, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Vladimir Vujtek
3rd round pick in 1998
To Edmonton Oilers
Brantt Myhres
3rd round pick in 1998
August 12, 1997 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jiri Slegr
To Edmonton Oilers
3rd round pick in 1998
August 25, 1997 To New York Islanders
Mariusz Czerkawski
To Edmonton Oilers
Dan LaCouture
October 15, 1997 To Philadelphia Flyers
Brantt Myhres
To Edmonton Oilers
Jason Bowen
December 30, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Bryan Marchment
Steve Kelly
Jason Bonsignore
To Edmonton Oilers
Roman Hamrlik
Paul Comrie
January 4, 1998 To New Jersey Devils
Jason Arnott
Bryan Muir
To Edmonton Oilers
Bill Guerin
Valeri Zelepukin
January 9, 1998 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Drew Bannister
To Edmonton Oilers
Bobby Dollas
March 9, 1998 To Ottawa Senators
Scott Ferguson
To Edmonton Oilers
Frank Musil
March 24, 1998 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dan McGillis
2nd round pick in 1998
To Edmonton Oilers
Janne Niinimaa

Free agents

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Player Former team
F Doug Friedman Colorado Avalanche
F Bill Huard Dallas Stars
F Scott Fraser Calgary Flames
G Jean-Francois Labbe Colorado Avalanche
D Drake Berehowsky Pittsburgh Penguins
F Ray Whitney San Jose Sharks
G Tim Thomas HIFK Helsinki (SM-liiga)
Player New team
D Luke Richardson Philadelphia Flyers
F Louie DeBrusk Tampa Bay Lightning

Draft picks

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Edmonton's draft picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.[9]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 14 Michel Riesen   Switzerland EHC Biel (Switzerland)
2 41 Patrick Dovigi   Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
3 68 Sergei Yerkovich   Belarus Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
4 94 Jonas Elofsson   Sweden Farjestad BK (Sweden)
5 121 Jason Chimera   Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
6 141 Peter Sarno   Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
7 176 Kevin Bolibruck   Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
7 187 Chad Hinz   Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
8 205 Chris Kerr   Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
9 231 Alexander Fomichev   Russia St. Albert Saints (AJHL)

References

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  • "Edmonton Oilers 1997-98 roster and scoring statistics at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  • "1997-98 Edmonton Oilers Roster, Stats, Injuries, Scores, Results, Shootouts". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  • National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007
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  3. ^ "1997-98 NHL Schedule and Results". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "1997-1998 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  5. ^ a b "1997-98 Edmonton Oilers Schedule". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  6. ^ "NHL All-Star Game Historical Summaries - 1998". NHL.com. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "NHL Rookies of the Month". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h 2014–15 Edmonton Oilers Media Guide, p.173
  9. ^ "1997 NHL Entry Draft Picks at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved July 9, 2023.