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79-80EdmOil
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 4nd Smythe
Conference 8th Campbell
1979–80 record 28–39–13
Home record 17–14–9
Road record 11–25–4
Goals for 301 (9th)
Goals against 322 (20th)
General Manager Larry Gordon
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Ron Chipperfield (Oct-Mar)
vacant (Mar-Apr)
Alternate captains none
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky (51)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (86)
Points Wayne Gretzky (137)
Penalties in minutes Colin Campbell (196)
Wins Eddie Mio (9)
Goals against average Ron Low (3.42)

The 1979–80 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' eighth season, their first season in the National Hockey League (NHL), as they were one of the teams that were part of the WHA-NHL merger that took place on June 22, 1979.

The Oilers were led offensively by rookie superstar Wayne Gretzky, as he tied for the lead league in points at 137, however lost the Art Ross Trophy due to scoring fewer goals than winner Marcel Dionne. Gretzky, however, would win the Hart Trophy as MVP of the NHL, but was declared ineligible for the Calder Trophy due to his playing days in the WHA.

Edmonton played 6 goaltenders during the season, and was led by Eddie Mio's 9 wins, while Ron Low, who came over in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques, would go 8–2–1 in 11 games with the Oilers.

They would make the playoffs, however were quickly swept out by the powerful Philadelphia Flyers in 3 games, but Oilers fans were very excited about being part of the NHL, and of the future of the team.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 34 27 19 241 250 87
St. Louis Blues 80 34 34 12 266 278 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 27 37 16 256 281 70
Edmonton Oilers 80 28 39 13 301 322 69
Winnipeg Jets 80 20 49 11 214 314 51
Colorado Rockies 80 19 48 13 234 308 51

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–0 0
2 October 13 Detroit Red Wings 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 0–1–1 1
3 October 14 Vancouver Canucks 4–4 Edmonton Oilers 0–1–2 2
4 October 19 Quebec Nordiques 3–6 Edmonton Oilers 1–1–2 4
5 October 21 Minnesota North Stars 5–5 Edmonton Oilers 1–1–3 5
6 October 23 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 New York Islanders 1–1–4 6
7 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 2–10 New York Rangers 1–2–4 6
8 October 26 Edmonton Oilers 3–7 Atlanta Flames 1–3–4 6
9 October 28 Washington Capitals 6–4 Edmonton Oilers 1–4–4 6
10 October 30 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 St. Louis Blues 1–5–4 6
11 November 2 New York Islanders 5–7 Edmonton Oilers 2–5–4 8
12 November 4 Boston Bruins 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–6–4 8
13 November 7 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Detroit Red Wings 2–7–4 8
14 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Boston Bruins 2–8–4 8
15 November 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 2–9–4 8
16 November 13 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Washington Capitals 3–9–4 10
17 November 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers 3–10–4 10
18 November 17 Edmonton Oilers 0–4 Hartford Whalers 3–11–4 10
19 November 18 Edmonton Oilers 7–9 Buffalo Sabres 3–12–4 10
20 November 21 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–12–5 11
21 November 24 Philadelphia Flyers 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 3–12–6 12
22 November 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 4–12–6 14
23 November 30 New York Islanders 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 5–12–6 16
24 December 5 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Minnesota North Stars 5–13–6 16
25 December 7 Edmonton Oilers 3–8 Winnipeg Jets 5–14–6 16
26 December 9 Hartford Whalers 0–3 Edmonton Oilers 6–14–6 18
27 December 12 Atlanta Flames 5–5 Edmonton Oilers 6–14–7 19
28 December 14 Montreal Canadiens 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 7–14–7 21
29 December 16 Winnipeg Jets 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 7–15–7 21
30 December 19 Detroit Red Wings 6–4 Edmonton Oilers 7–16–7 21
31 December 21 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Colorado Rockies 7–17–7 21
32 December 22 Edmonton Oilers 3–9 Los Angeles Kings 7–18–7 21
33 December 26 Colorado Rockies 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 8–18–7 23
34 December 28 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Vancouver Canucks 9–18–7 25
35 December 30 Quebec Nordiques 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 9–19–7 25
36 January 2 Hartford Whalers 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 9–19–8 26
37 January 5 Los Angeles Kings 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 9–19–9 27
38 January 7 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Montreal Canadiens 9–20–9 27
39 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 9–21–9 27
40 January 11 New York Rangers 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 9–22–9 27
41 January 13 Buffalo Sabres 5–6 Edmonton Oilers 10–22–9 29
42 January 16 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Washington Capitals 11–22–9 31
43 January 17 Edmonton Oilers 1–7 Boston Bruins 11–23–9 31
44 January 19 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 12–23–9 33
45 January 20 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Buffalo Sabres 12–23–10 34
46 January 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 13–23–10 36
47 January 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–8 Edmonton Oilers 14–23–10 38
48 January 27 Philadelphia Flyers 5–3 Edmonton Oilers 14–24–10 38
49 January 29 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 St. Louis Blues 14–25–10 38
50 January 30 Edmonton Oilers 8–1 Los Angeles Kings 15–25–10 40
51 February 1 Winnipeg Jets 2–9 Edmonton Oilers 16–25–10 42
52 February 3 Los Angeles Kings 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 17–25–10 44
53 February 6 St. Louis Blues 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 17–26–10 44
54 February 8 Atlanta Flames 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 17–27–10 44
55 February 10 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Winnipeg Jets 17–27–11 45
56 February 13 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Minnesota North Stars 18–27–11 47
57 February 15 Washington Capitals 2–8 Edmonton Oilers 19–27–11 49
58 February 17 St. Louis Blues 5–5 Edmonton Oilers 19–27–12 50
59 February 19 Edmonton Oilers 2–6 Hartford Whalers 19–28–12 50
60 February 20 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 New York Rangers 19–29–12 50
61 February 22 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Colorado Rockies 19–30–12 50
62 February 24 Boston Bruins 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 19–31–12 50
63 February 27 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–31–12 52
64 February 29 Buffalo Sabres 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 20–32–12 52
65 March 1 Vancouver Canucks 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 20–33–12 52
66 March 4 Edmonton Oilers 4–6 New York Islanders 20–34–12 52
67 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Montreal Canadiens 20–35–12 52
68 March 8 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Pittsburgh Penguins 20–36–12 52
69 March 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers 20–37–12 52
70 March 12 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 Quebec Nordiques 21–37–12 54
71 March 14 Chicago Black Hawks 4–6 Edmonton Oilers 22–37–12 56
72 March 15 Montreal Canadiens 7–3 Edmonton Oilers 22–38–12 56
73 March 19 New York Rangers 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 23–38–12 58
74 March 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–9 Edmonton Oilers 24–38–12 60
75 March 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Atlanta Flames 25–38–12 62
76 March 26 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Detroit Red Wings 26–38–12 64
77 March 29 Edmonton Oilers 8–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 27–38–12 66
78 April 1 Edmonton Oilers 0–5 Vancouver Canucks 27–39–12 66
79 April 2 Minnesota North Stars 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 27–39–13 67
80 April 4 Colorado Rockies 2–6 Edmonton Oilers 28–39–13 69

PlayoffsEdit

Philadelphia Flyers 3, Edmonton Oilers 0Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 0–1
2 April 9 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers 0–2
3 April 11 Philadelphia Flyers 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 0–3

Player statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 79 51 86 137 21
Blair MacDonald 80 46 48 94 6
Stan Weir 79 33 33 66 40
Brett Callighen 59 23 35 58 72
Dave Lumley 80 20 38 58 138

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Ron Low 11 650 8 2 1 37 0 3.42
Don Cutts 6 269 1 2 1 16 0 3.57
Jim Corsi 26 1366 8 14 3 83 0 3.65
Bob Dupuis 1 60 1 0 0 4 0 4.00
Eddie Mio 34 1711 9 13 5 120 1 4.21
Dave Dryden 14 744 2 7 3 53 0 4.27
Playoff stats

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 3 2 1 3 0
Mark Messier 3 1 2 3 2
Blair MacDonald 3 0 3 3 0
Don Murdoch 3 2 0 2 0
Brett Callighen 3 0 2 2 0

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Ron Low 3 212 0 3 12 0 3.40


Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 9, 1979 To Minnesota North Stars
*Paul Shmyr
To Edmonton Oilers
4th round pick in 1979 - Glenn Anderson
June 13, 1979 To Montreal Canadiens
2nd round pick in 1980 - Ric Nattress
To Edmonton Oilers
Dave Lumley
Dan Newman
August 7, 1979 To St. Louis Blues
Joe Micheletti
To Edmonton Oilers
Tom Roulston
Risto Siltanen
August 9, 1979 To Minnesota North Stars
2nd round pick in 1979 - Neal Broten
3rd round pick in 1979 - Kevin Maxwell
To Edmonton Oilers
Dave Semenko
3rd round pick in 1979 - Mark Messier
August 22, 1979 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Reg Thomas
To Edmonton Oilers
6th round pick in 1981 - Steve Smith
September 24, 1979 To Chicago Black Hawks
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Jim Harrison
November 13, 1979 To Buffalo Sabres
John Gould
To Edmonton Oilers
Alex Tidey
December 10, 1979 To Boston Bruins
Dan Newman
To Edmonton Oilers
Bobby Schmautz
February 25, 1980 To Colorado Rockies
Bobby Schmautz
To Edmonton Oilers
Don Ashby
March 11, 1980 To Minnesota North Stars
Jim Corsi
To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
March 11, 1980 To New York Rangers
Cam Connor
3rd round pick in 1981 - Peter Sundstrom
To Edmonton Oilers
Don Murdoch
March 11, 1980 To Quebec Nordiques
Ron Chipperfield
To Edmonton Oilers
Ron Low

*Oilers promised to not make Paul Shmyr one of its priority selections in the 1979 NHL expansion draft

Free agentsEdit

Player Former Team
F Clayton Pachal Colorado Rockies
D John Bednarski New York Rangers
F Kari Makkonen New York Islanders
G Jim Corsi Quebec Nordiques
F Roy Sommer Toronto Maple Leafs
G Don Cutts New York Islanders
Player New Team
D Dennis Patterson Philadelphia Flyers

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft:

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
121 Kevin Lowe Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
348 Mark Messier Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cincinnati Stingers (WHA)
469 Glenn Anderson Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Denver (NCAA)
484 Max Kostovich Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
5105 Mike Toal Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
6126 Blair Barnes Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)

Expansion draft picksEdit

Edmonton's expansion draft picks at the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft

# Player Drafted From
1. Pete LoPresti (G) Minnesota North Stars
2. Doug Favell (G) Colorado Rockies
3. Cam Connor (RW) Montreal Canadiens
4. Lee Fogolin (D) Buffalo Sabres
5. Pat Price (D) New York Islanders
6. Colin Campbell (D) Pittsburgh Penguins
7. Larry Brown (D) Los Angeles Kings
8. Ron Areshenkoff (C) Buffalo Sabres
9. Inge Hammarstrom (LW) St. Louis Blues
10. John Gould (RW) Atlanta Flames
11. Doug Hicks (D) Chicago Black Hawks
12. Tom Edur (D) Pittsburgh Penguins
13. Wayne Bianchin (LW) Pittsburgh Penguins
14. Mike Forbes (D) Boston Bruins
15. Doug Patey (RW) Washington Capitals
16. Bob Kelly (LW) Chicago Blackhawks
17. Reg Thomas (C) Chicago Black Hawks
18. Dave Hunter (LW) Montreal Canadiens

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit



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