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The 2001–02 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 23rd season in the National Hockey League, and they were coming off a 39–28–12–3 record in 2000–01, earning 93 points, the highest point total the Oilers had achieved since the 1987–88 season, when they earned 99 points. The Oilers would meet the Dallas Stars in the opening round of the playoffs, and lose in six games.

2001–02 Edmonton Oilers
Division3rd Northwest
Conference9th Western
2001–02 record38–28–12–4
Home record23–14–4–0
Road record15–14–8–4
Goals for205
Goals against182
Team information
General ManagerKevin Lowe
CoachCraig MacTavish
CaptainJason Smith
Alternate captainsMike Grier
Todd Marchant
Rem Murray (Oct-Mar)
Janne Niinimaa (Mar-Apr)
Ryan Smyth
ArenaSkyreach Centre
Average attendance16,587 (98.5%)
Minor league affiliate(s)Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Columbus Cottonmouths (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsMike Comrie (33)
AssistsJanne Niinimaa (39)
PointsMike Comrie (60)
Anson Carter (60)
Penalty minutesGeorges Laraque (157)
Plus/minusMike Comrie (+16)
WinsTommy Salo (30)
Goals against averageTommy Salo (2.22)

During the off-season, Edmonton traded Doug Weight to the St. Louis Blues, along with Michel Riesen for Marty Reasoner, Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek. With the trading of the captain, the Oilers named defenceman Jason Smith the new captain of the club.

Despite the loss of Weight, the Oilers got off to a great start, and on December 16, they sat at the top of the Northwest Division with 43 points. Edmonton would then slump, going 9–16–7–1 in their next 33 games to drop them out of the playoff picture. The club would then go on a 9-game unbeaten streak, and despite finishing the year with a 38–28–12–4 record, good for 90 points, they would miss the playoffs for the first time since 1996, finishing two points behind the eighth place Vancouver Canucks.

Offensively, Edmonton-born Mike Comrie led the club with 33 goals and 60 points, while Anson Carter scored 28 goals and also earn 60 points. Ryan Smyth earned 50 points in only 61 games. Janne Niinimaa led the club with 39 assists, and led the defense with 44 points. Georges Laraque provided the club toughness, earning 157 penalty minutes.

In goal, Tommy Salo would have arguably the best season ever by an Oilers goaltender, winning 30 games, posting a club record 2.22 goals against average (GAA) and earning five shutouts. The 182 goals the Oilers allowed was a club record for fewest in a season and the second lowest total in the NHL during the season.

Season standingsEdit

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
2 8 Vancouver Canucks 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
3 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
4 11 Calgary Flames 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
5 12 Minnesota Wild 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73

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[1]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 y – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
3 y – San Jose Sharks PAC 82 44 27 8 3 248 199 99
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
5 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
6 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 40 27 9 6 228 210 95
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 40 27 11 4 214 190 95
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
10 Dallas Stars PAC 82 36 28 13 5 215 213 90
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73
13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69
14 Nashville Predators CEN 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

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

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


Schedule and resultsEdit

2001–02 Game Log

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

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Mike Comrie 82 33 27 60 45
Anson Carter 82 28 32 60 25
Ryan Smyth 61 15 35 50 48
Janne Niinimaa 81 5 39 44 80
Jochen Hecht 82 16 24 40 60

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP Min W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Ty Conklin 4 148 2 0 0 4 0 .939 1.62
Jussi Markkanen 14 784 6 4 2 24 2 .929 1.84
Tommy Salo 69 4035 30 28 10 149 6 .913 2.22

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • 15: A new Oilers record for most shutouts in a career by Tommy Salo on March 24, 2002.

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Janne Niinimaa 400th NHL Game October 6, 2001
Anson Carter 100th NHL PIM October 9, 2001
Scott Ferguson 1st NHL Goal October 11, 2001
Steve Staios 500th NHL PIM
Georges Laraque 400th NHL PIM October 14, 2001
Ty Conklin 1st NHL Game October 16, 2001
Janne Niinimaa 400th NHL PIM
200th NHL Point
October 18, 2001
Anson Carter 300th NHL Game
200th NHL Point
1st NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
October 20, 2001
Ty Conklin 1st NHL Win
Marty Reasoner 100th NHL Game November 2, 2001
Anson Carter 100th NHL Goal November 13, 2001
Jochen Hecht 100th NHL PIM November 22, 2001
Jussi Markkanen 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Win
1st NHL Shutout
November 28, 2001
Sean Brown 600th NHL PIM November 29, 2001
Josh Green 100th NHL Game December 8, 2001
Ethan Moreau 1st NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
Eric Brewer 200th NHL Game December 14, 2001
Mike Grier 400th NHL Game
Tom Poti 100th NHL Point December 16, 2001
Jason Chimera 1st NHL Goal December 18, 2001
Ethan Moreau 400th NHL Game December 20, 2001
Jochen Hecht 100th NHL Point January 6, 2002
Georges Laraque 500th NHL PIM January 18, 2002
Rem Murray 400th NHL Game January 23, 2002
Shawn Horcoff 100th NHL Game February 7, 2002
Mike Comrie 100th NHL Game February 8, 2002
Ethan Moreau 500th NHL PIM
Josh Green 100th NHL PIM February 12, 2002
Jochen Hecht 200th NHL Game February 28, 2002
Jani Rita 1st NHL Game March 2, 2002
Daniel Cleary 100th NHL PIM March 8, 2002
Tom Poti 200th NHL PIM
Ryan Smyth 300th NHL Point
Tommy Salo 400th NHL Game March 10, 2002
Mike Grier 100th NHL Assist March 20, 2002
Aleš Píša 1st NHL Game
Jason Smith 600th NHL PIM March 23, 2002
Daniel Cleary 200th NHL Game April 5, 2002
Janne Niinimaa 200th NHL Assist April 6, 2002
Todd Marchant 600th NHL Game April 10, 2002
Tommy Salo 30th NHL Shutout

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 19, 2001 To Minnesota Wild
Sergei Zholtok
To Edmonton Oilers
7th round pick in 2002Jean-François Dufort
July 1, 2001 To St. Louis Blues
Doug Weight
Michel Riesen
To Edmonton Oilers
Jochen Hecht
Marty Reasoner
Jan Horacek
March 19, 2002 To Boston Bruins
Sean Brown
To Edmonton Oilers
Bobby Allen
March 19, 2002 To New York Rangers
Rem Murray
Tom Poti
To Edmonton Oilers
Mike York
4th round pick in 2002Ivan Koltsov

Free agentsEdit

Player Former Team Contract Terms
D Steve Staios Atlanta Thrashers 3 years, $2.85 million
F Greg Leeb Dallas Stars 1 year,
F Sean Selmser Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year,
G Marc Lamothe Chicago Blackhawks 1 year,
Player New Team
D Brett Hauer Los Angeles Kings
D Igor Ulanov New York Rangers
F Paul Healey Toronto Maple Leafs
D Brad Norton Florida Panthers
D Rory Fitzpatrick Buffalo Sabres

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 13 Aleš Hemský   Czech Republic Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
2 43 Doug Lynch   Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2 52 Ed Caron   United States Phillips Exeter Academy (USHS-NH)
3 84 Kenny Smith   United States Harvard University (NCAA)
5 133 Jussi Markkanen   Finland Tappara (SM-liiga)
5 154 Jake Brenk   United States Breck School (USHS)
6 185 Mikael Svensk   Sweden Frölunda HC (Sweden)
7 215 Dan Baum   Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
8 248 Kari Haakana   Finland Jokerit (SM-liiga)
9 272 Aleš Píša   Czech Republic HC Pardubice (Czech.)
9 278 Shay Stephenson   Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

RosterEdit

2001-02 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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