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1998–99 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 2nd Northwest
Conference 8th Western
1998–99 record 33–37–12
Home record 17–19–5
Road record 16–18–7
Goals for 230 (10th)
Goals against 226 (18th)
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Ron Low
Captain Kelly Buchberger
Alternate captains Bill Guerin (Mar-Apr)
Boris Mironov (Oct-Mar)
Doug Weight
Arena Skyreach Centre
Average attendance 16,251 (95.0%)
Team leaders
Goals Bill Guerin (30)
Assists Bill Guerin (34)
Points Bill Guerin (64)
Penalties in minutes Sean Brown (188)
Wins Bob Essensa (12)
Mikhail Shtalenkov (12)
Goals against average Mikhail Shtalenkov (2.67)

The 1998–99 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 20th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 35–37–10 record in 1997–98, earning their 2nd straight playoff appearance. They upset the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche in the 1st round, before falling to the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round.

During the off-season, the Oilers franchise remaining in Edmonton looked very unlikely, as Oilers owner Peter Pocklington would be talking to a group from Houston, Texas, who if successful in the purchase, would relocate the club to Houston. At the last minute, the Edmonton Investors Group, a consortium of 37 Edmonton-based owners, raised the funds to purchase the team from Pocklington, vowing to keep the Oilers in Edmonton. The Oilers received support throughout the NHL, and the club would remain.

Also during the off-season, the Oilers would lose goaltender Curtis Joseph, as he would leave the team as a free agent and join the Toronto Maple Leafs, leaving the goaltending duties to Bob Essensa and former Mighty Ducks of Anaheim backup Mikhail Shtalenkov, and Edmonton would join the newly created Northwest Division, along with their Western Canada rivals, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, and the Colorado Avalanche.

Edmonton would start the season with a 7–4–0 record in their opening 11 games, and would remain close to the .500 mark until early February, despite losing Doug Weight to injuries. Edmonton would then go into a slump, and would drop out of a playoff spot, and on March 17, the Oilers would be 25–33–10, sitting in 9th place. Three days later, the Oilers would send Mats Lindgren and an 8th round draft pick to the New York Islanders for goaltender Tommy Salo. Edmonton would also deal Boris Mironov and Dean McAmmond to the Chicago Blackhawks for youngsters Ethan Moreau, Christian Laflamme and Chad Kilger, and acquire Jason Smith from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 4th round draft pick on March 23.

The moves paid off for the Oilers, as they would have 8–4–2 record after the Salo deal, and sneak into the final playoff position, finishing the season with a 33–37–12 record. On April 3, 1999, Patrick Roy defeated the Edmonton Oiilers, and passed Glenn Hall with his 408th victory.[1]

Offensively, Bill Guerin would be Edmonton's leader, scoring a team high 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points. Josef Beranek would earn 49 points, while Mike Grier would have a breakout season, scoring 20 goals and earning 44 points. Doug Weight would register 37 points in only 43 games. Defensively, Boris Mironov would lead blueline with 40 points, but was dealt to Chicago at the trade deadline. Roman Hamrlik chipped in with 32 points, while Janne Niinimaa would earn 28. Sean Brown would have a team high 188 penalty minutes in only 51 games.

In goal, Bob Essensa and Mikhail Shtalenkov would split time for a majority of the season, each earning 12 victories. Shtalenkov would then be traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Oilers would acquire Tommy Salo to become the new starter, and in 13 games, Salo would go 8–2–2 with a 2.31 GAA.

The Oilers would open the playoffs against the President's Trophy winning Dallas Stars, would finished the year with 114 points, 36 higher than the Oilers. Edmonton would find themselves down in the series 2–0 after dropping 2 close games in Dallas, and the Stars would quickly eliminate the Oilers, winning the next 2 games in Edmonton, both by 3–2 scores, to sweep the Oilers out of the playoffs.

Season standingsEdit

Northwest Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Colorado Avalanche 82 44 28 10 239 205 98
Edmonton Oilers 82 33 37 12 230 226 78
Calgary Flames 82 30 40 12 211 234 72
Vancouver Canucks 82 23 47 12 192 258 58

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Los Angeles Kings 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 0–1–0 0
2 October 13 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 0–2–0 0
3 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Vancouver Canucks 1–2–0 2
4 October 17 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 New Jersey Devils 2–2–0 4
5 October 20 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 New York Rangers 2–3–0 4
6 October 21 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 New York Islanders 3–3–0 6
7 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 4–6 Colorado Avalanche 3–4–0 6
8 October 28 Washington Capitals 2–8 Edmonton Oilers 4–4–0 8
9 October 31 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 5–4–0 10
10 November 2 Vancouver Canucks 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 6–4–0 12
11 November 4 Nashville Predators 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 7–4–0 14
12 November 6 Colorado Avalanche 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 7–5–0 14
13 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks 8–5–0 16
14 November 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–6–0 16
15 November 12 Edmonton Oilers 1–1 Ottawa Senators 8–6–1 17
16 November 14 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Montreal Canadiens 9–6–1 19
17 November 18 Detroit Red Wings 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 9–7–1 19
18 November 20 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 10–7–1 21
19 November 21 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Phoenix Coyotes 10–8–1 21
20 November 25 Colorado Avalanche 0–3 Edmonton Oilers 11–8–1 23
21 November 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Calgary Flames 12–8–1 25
22 November 29 Chicago Blackhawks 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 12–9–1 25
23 December 2 Phoenix Coyotes 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 13–9–1 27
24 December 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 13–10–1 27
25 December 6 Dallas Stars 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 13–11–1 27
26 December 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Nashville Predators 13–11–2 28
27 December 9 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Chicago Blackhawks 13–12–2 28
28 December 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Detroit Red Wings 13–13–2 28
29 December 13 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers 13–13–3 29
30 December 15 Edmonton Oilers 0–3 Carolina Hurricanes 13–14–3 29
31 December 18 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 14–14–3 31
32 December 19 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Florida Panthers 14–15–3 31
33 December 23 San Jose Sharks 5–3 Edmonton Oilers 14–16–3 31
34 December 27 Vancouver Canucks 0–3 Edmonton Oilers 15–16–3 33
35 December 29 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 15–17–3 33
36 January 3 Philadelphia Flyers 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 15–17–4 34
37 January 5 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 15–18–4 34
38 January 7 Edmonton Oilers 7–1 Phoenix Coyotes 16–18–4 36
39 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 1–1 Los Angeles Kings 16–18–5 37
40 January 10 Edmonton Oilers 4–6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 16–19–5 37
41 January 12 Dallas Stars 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 16–19–6 38
42 January 14 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Vancouver Canucks 17–19–6 40
43 January 17 Detroit Red Wings 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 18–19–6 42
44 January 21 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 San Jose Sharks 18–19–7 43
45 January 27 Chicago Blackhawks 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 18–20–7 43
46 January 30 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0–1 Edmonton Oilers 19–20–7 45
47 February 1 St. Louis Blues 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 19–21–7 45
48 February 3 Ottawa Senators 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 19–21–8 46
49 February 5 Nashville Predators 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 20–21–8 48
50 February 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Calgary Flames 20–22–8 48
51 February 9 Boston Bruins 2–0 Edmonton Oilers 20–23–8 48
52 February 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 20–24–8 48
53 February 13 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 St. Louis Blues 21–24–8 50
54 February 15 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 Dallas Stars 21–25–8 50
55 February 17 Edmonton Oilers 6–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 22–25–8 52
56 February 18 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Los Angeles Kings 22–26–8 52
57 February 21 New York Rangers 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 22–27–8 52
58 February 24 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 22–28–8 52
59 February 26 Buffalo Sabres 3–6 Edmonton Oilers 23–28–8 54
60 February 27 Carolina Hurricanes 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 23–28–9 55
61 March 1 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Colorado Avalanche 24–28–9 57
62 March 3 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Buffalo Sabres 25–28–9 59
63 March 5 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 25–28–10 60
64 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Washington Capitals 25–29–10 60
65 March 10 Edmonton Oilers 4–7 Dallas Stars 25–30–10 60
66 March 13 Edmonton Oilers 4–6 St. Louis Blues 25–31–10 60
67 March 14 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Nashville Predators 25–32–10 60
68 March 17 New Jersey Devils 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 25–33–10 60
69 March 20 Vancouver Canucks 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 26–33–10 62
70 March 22 Calgary Flames 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 26–33–11 63
71 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 2–0 Edmonton Oilers 26–34–11 63
72 March 26 St. Louis Blues 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 27–34–11 65
73 March 28 San Jose Sharks 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 28–34–11 67
74 March 30 Phoenix Coyotes 7–4 Edmonton Oilers 28–35–11 67
75 April 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–1 Edmonton Oilers 28–36–11 67
76 April 3 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Colorado Avalanche 28–37–11 67
77 April 7 Calgary Flames 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 29–37–11 69
78 April 9 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Calgary Flames 30–37–11 71
79 April 10 Edmonton Oilers 1–1 Vancouver Canucks 30–37–12 72
80 April 12 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 San Jose Sharks 31–37–12 74
81 April 16 Colorado Avalanche 1–5 Edmonton Oilers 32–37–12 76
82 April 17 Calgary Flames 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 33–37–12 78

PlayoffsEdit

Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 0Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 21 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Dallas Stars 0–1
2 April 23 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Dallas Stars 0–2
3 April 25 Dallas Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 0–3
4 April 27 Dallas Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 0–4

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Guerin 80 30 34 64 133
Josef Beranek 66 19 30 49 23
Mike Grier 82 20 24 44 54
Pat Falloon 82 17 23 40 20
Boris Mironov 63 11 29 40 104

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 13 700 8 2 2 27 0 .903 2.31
Mikhail Shtalenkov 34 1819 12 17 3 81 3 .896 2.67
Bob Essensa 39 2091 12 14 6 96 0 .901 2.75
Steve Passmore 6 362 1 4 1 17 0 .907 2.82

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 3 3 0 3 0
Ethan Moreau 4 0 3 3 6
Doug Weight 4 1 1 2 15
Todd Marchant 4 1 1 2 12
Mike Grier 4 1 1 2 6

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 4 296 0 4 11 0 .926 2.23

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 16, 1998 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Dollas
Tony Hrkac
To Edmonton Oilers
Josef Beranek
June 18, 1998 To New York Islanders
Mike Watt
To Edmonton Oilers
Eric Fichaud
June 27, 1998 To New Jersey Devils
*3rd round pick in 1998 - Brian Gionta
To Edmonton Oilers
Fredrik Lindquist
4th round pick in 1998 - Kristian Antila
5th round pick in 1998 - Oleg Smirnov
October 1, 1998 To Nashville Predators
Drake Berehowsky
Greg de Vries
Eric Fichaud
To Edmonton Oilers
Jim Dowd
Mikhail Shtalenkov
October 5, 1998 To Philadelphia Flyers
Valeri Zelepukin
To Edmonton Oilers
Daniel Lacroix
January 29, 1999 To Philadelphia Flyers
Andrei Kovalenko
To Edmonton Oilers
Alexandre Daigle
January 29, 1999 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexandre Daigle
To Edmonton Oilers
Alexander Selivanov
February 3, 1999 To Washington Capitals
Barrie Moore
To Edmonton Oilers
Brad Church
March 11, 1999 To Phoenix Coyotes
Mikhail Shtalenkov
To Edmonton Oilers
**5th round pick in 2000 - Matt Koalska
March 20, 1999 To Chicago Blackhawks
Boris Mironov
Dean McAmmond
Jonas Elofsson
2nd round pick in 1999 - Dmitri Levinsky
To Edmonton Oilers
Ethan Moreau
Chad Kilger
Christian Laflamme
Daniel Cleary
2nd round pick in 1999 - Alexei Semenov
March 20, 1999 To New York Islanders
Mats Lindgren
8th round pick in 1999 - Radek Martinek
To Edmonton Oilers
Tommy Salo
March 23, 1999 To New York Rangers
Kevin Brown
To Edmonton Oilers
Vladimir Vorobiev
March 23, 1999 To Toronto Maple Leafs
4th round pick in 1999 - Jonathan Zion
2nd round pick in 2000 - Kris Vernarsky
To Edmonton Oilers
Jason Smith

*Later traded to the New Jersey Devils.
**Later traded to the Nashville Predators.

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
F Chris Ferraro Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year,
F Kevin Brown Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $0.3309 million
F Pat Falloon Ottawa Senators 1 year, $0.29781 million
D Todd Reirden New Jersey Devils 1 year,
D Marty McSorley San Jose Sharks 1 year, $1 million
Player New team
D Terran Sandwith Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
G Curtis Joseph Toronto Maple Leafs
G Jean-Francois Labbe New York Rangers
F Jesse Belanger Tampa Bay Lightning
F Scott Fraser New York Rangers

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
113 Michael Henrich Flag of Canada.svg Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)
367 Alex Henry Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHL)
499 Shawn Horcoff Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)
4113 Kristian Antila Flag of Finland Finland Ilves (Finland)
5128 Paul Elliott Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
5144 Oleg Smirnov Flag of Russia Russia Elektrostal Kristall (Russia)
6159 Trevor Ettinger Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
7186 Mike Morrison Flag of the United States United States Exeter High School (USHS)
8213 Christian Lefebvre Flag of Canada.svg Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
9241 Maxim Spiridonov Flag of Russia Russia London Knights (OHL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.436, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2


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