Edmonton Oilers Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Edmonton Oilers are one of the most storied franchises in ice hockey. Since their inception as part of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972, they have had a long history of success and championship victories, culminating with five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990. Today, under Head Coach Jay Woodcroft and General Manager Ken Holland, the Oilers strive to continue this legacy by competing for another title each season in the National Hockey League’s Pacific Division. From captivating inter-divisional rivalries to electric home games at Rogers Place arena, there is never a dull moment when it comes to cheering on your beloved Edmonton Oilers.

Table of Contents

1. Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Career

  • 1975–76: Toronto Nationals
  • 1976–77: Seneca Nationals
  • 1976–77: Peterborough Petes
  • 1977–78: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  • 1978–79: Indianapolis Racers
  • 1978–79: Edmonton Oilers
  • 1979–80: Edmonton Oilers

Wayne Gretzky is one of the most successful and celebrated hockey players in history. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 and is currently a consultant with the Edmonton Oilers.

At 6 feet 0 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds, Wayne Gretzky had an imposing physique that made him one of the best goal scorers in NHL history. 

As a centre, Wayne Gretzky was known for his finesse with the puck on his stick as well as his ability to shoot accurately from distance.

With over 1,500 goals and 10 Hart Trophies (the highest honour awarded to an NHL player), Wayne Gretzky is, without a doubt, one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional ice hockey. 

In addition to his stellar career playing hockey, Wayne Gretzky has also ventured into other fields such as business administration and motivational speaking - both of which have proved very successful indeed.

Even after achieving unparalleled success at such a young age, Wayne Gretzky continues to give back by serving as a mentor to younger athletes; he truly is an inspiration to everyone who knows him.

Finally, it should not be forgotten that although he may no longer be actively participating in competitive sports himself, there's no doubt that Wayne will always remain devoted fans' favourite Canadian superstar.

Wayne Gretzky is one of the greatest players in NHL history. He was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1978 and went on to win seven Stanley Cups with them. 

He later played for the Indianapolis Racers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes before retiring in 1999. 

After retirement, Gretzky became a coach with the Phoenix Coyotes and led them to two Pacific Division titles before being fired after just three seasons due to poor performance.

In 2005, he was hired as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs but resigned after just nine games following a series of public criticism from team president Brian Burke. 

Gretzky has since retired from coaching but still plays occasional hockey games; most recently for Team Canada at an international tournament in January 2017.

2. Leon Draisaitl


Leon Draisaitl Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Germany
  • NHL Draft: 3rd overall, 2014
  • Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl was born on October 27th, 1995 in Cologne, Germany. He is a 6'2" tall centreman who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. 

Draisaitl first made an impact at the junior level with his hometown team HC Köln before being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013 as part of their inaugural draft class.

In 2017 he won his first Stanley Cup with Edmonton over the Boston Bruins. 

Outside of hockey, Draisaitl enjoys spending time with his family and friends, including participating in charity events and supporting various causes close to his heart such as helping disadvantaged youth find opportunities they may not have otherwise had access to.

Leon Draisaitl is a young, talented center/left wing who was drafted 3rd overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

He has had an impressive playing career to date, representing Germany at various junior levels before making his debut with them at the senior level in 2013. 

In 2014 he signed with the Oilers and made his professional debut that season, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 48 games played.

In 2015-16 Leon continued to perform well for Edmonton, posting 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 66 games played as they reached the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history; however, they were unable to advance past the first round this time around. 

Leon score 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 82 games as he led all forwards on Edmonton's roster en route to their third consecutive playoff appearance; however, once again they were unable to make it past the first round this time around - losing 2-1 against Calgary Flames in six hard-fought games.

Leon so far - recording 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) through 35 games played which puts him 5th among all NHL players currently playing - leading many pundits and experts to declare him one of 'the best centers / left wings' currently active.

3. Connor McDavid


Connor McDavid Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2015
  • Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid is a young, incredibly talented hockey player who was drafted first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

McDavid has quickly become one of the best players in the league and is considered to be a superstar.

He is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid is a natural scorer who can light up the scoreboard with his amazing skills on the ice. 

He has already won numerous awards and accolades during his short career so far, including being named Rookie of The Year in 2015 and 2017 as well as MVP of The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

McDavid will undoubtedly continue to amass accolades and win trophies throughout his illustrious career - he truly is an incredible talent. Connor McDavid is the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in his rookie season. 

Connor McDavid was born on January 6, 1997, in Toronto, Ontario. In October 2014, Connor McDavid was drafted with the 1st overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Draft.

Connor Mc David led all rookies with 67 goals and 113 points during the 2015-2016 season which earned him a nomination for The Calder Trophy as Rookie of The Year. 

Connor Mc David has been named to play for Team Canada at both the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2018 Olympic Games.

4. Mark Messier


Mark Messier Career

  • 1975–76: Sherwood Spears
  • 1976–77: Spruce Grove Mets
  • 1977–78: St. Albert Saints
  • 1977–78: Portland Winter Hawks
  • 1978–79: St. Albert Saints
  • 1978–79: Indianapolis Racers
  • 1978–79: Cincinnati Stingers
  • 1979–80: Houston Apollos

Mark Messier is one of the most decorated hockey players of all time, having been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

He played his entire career with the Edmonton Oilers, amassing over 900 points in 1,248 games. In 1988 he led Edmonton to their first Stanley Cup championship in 25 years, and was named MVP of the playoffs as well as NHLPA Player of the Year.

After leaving Edmonton in 1998, Messier enjoyed a successful 18-month stint with New York Rangers before retiring at age 40 following another Stanley Cup victory. Mark Messier currently serves as an ambassador for Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG).

He has also been involved in numerous charitable endeavors throughout his life including work with SickKids Foundation and World Vision Canada. 

Mark Messier is one of the most decorated players in NHL history, with eleven MVP awards and three Stanley Cups to his name.

He was also a member of Canada's victorious World Cup squads in 1996 and 1991, as well as their silver-medal winning team at the 1987 tournament. 

Outside of hockey, Mark Messier has been involved in numerous humanitarian endeavors, including serving on the Board of Directors for The Edmonton Oilers Foundation. 

In 2004 he retired from professional ice hockey following a 19 year career that saw him play for six different teams (Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche).

Mark Messier will forever be remembered as one of the greatest captains in NHL history - an all-round talent who helped make his teams successful both on and off the ice.

5. Jari Kurri

Right winger

Jari Kurri

Jari Kurri was a prolific scorer in the NHL, amassing over 900 points in 1,245 career games. Kurri was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is best known for his time with the Edmonton Oilers and Devils Milano.

He also played for Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche and Finland's national team. Kurri retired from professional hockey following the 2006-07 season and now coaches youth hockey in Helsinki, Finland.

Jari Kurri was a prolific scorer in the NHL, amassing over 600 goals and 1,000 points. Known as "The Finnish Flash", Jari Kurri helped lead Edmonton to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances (1985 and 1987). 

He also played for Finland at four Winter Olympic Games, helping his country win silver medals in 1998 Nagano and 1994 Italy.

After retiring from the NHL in 1998, Jari Kurri spent several years coaching various teams in Finland before moving to North America full-time to coach the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2007. Jari Kurri is currently an assistant coach with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga).

Also Played For: jokerit

6. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2011
  • Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a talented hockey player who has been drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has won numerous awards, including 3 Calder Trophies (the rookie of the year award) and 2 Olympic Gold Medals with Team Canada.

In 2020, he was named captain of Edmonton's team. Ryan lives in Burnaby, BC with his wife Danica Patrick and their two young children – Kaitlyn and Ryder. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was drafted 1st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has since played for the Oilers, and is their top scorer.

Ryan has represented Canada at both junior and senior level, winning a Gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships. In 2016 he signed an 8 year contract with Edmonton worth $102 million dollars ($10 million A Year). 

Ryan is considered one of the best young players in hockey, and is expected to play many more years in front of fans across North America.

Also Played For: 2019–20 nhl season

7. Doug Weight

Doug Weight Career

  • 1988–89: Bloomfield Jets
  • 1989–90: Lake Superior State
  • 1990–91: Lake Superior State
  • 1990–91: New York Rangers
  • 1991–92: Binghamton Rangers
  • 1991–92: New York Rangers
  • 1992–93: New York Rangers
  • 1992–93: Edmonton Oilers

Doug Weight was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (27th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. 

Weight made his professional debut with the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, Adirondack Phantoms, in 1989-90 and played a total of 266 games over five seasons with New York before being called up to play for Edmonton in 2001-02.

After scoring 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists) in 78 regular season games with Edmonton that year, Weight led all Oilers players in playoff scoring as they reached the Stanley Cup Finals against Carolina where he recorded four goals and six assists en route to their second championship victory. 

In 2003-04, Weight signed as a free agent with St Louis and helped them reach the Western Conference Final before being traded to Carolina midway through the 2004-05 season where he finished his career recording 254 points (139 goals, 129 assists) over 948 games.

In May 2013, it was announced thatWeight had been appointed head coach of Dallas's AHL affiliate Texas Stars following Brad Richards's retirement from playing hockey at age 39 due to concussion concerns; after one season behind Dallas's bench he left coaching for good prior to their 2017 Calder Cup win.

Also Played For: michigan hockey

8. Paul Coffey


Paul Coffey Career

  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Boston Bruins

Coffey played in the NHL for over 20 years, and was a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenceman. Coffey is one of just four players to win both an Art Ross Trophy (as leading scorer) and a Stanley Cup (with Edmonton).

Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, and has been honoured with numerous other awards and distinctions throughout his career. 

After retiring from playing hockey, Coffey worked as a color commentator for Edmonton Oilers games on television before becoming head coach of the Penguins' affiliate team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in 2010.

In November 2017 he was named assistant coach for Team Canada at the World Championships in Denmark after being appointed by Hockey Canada president Tom Renney. 

Paul Coffey is best known for being a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as a member of Team Canada that won the 1991 Canada Cup and 1987 World Championship. 

Coffey played in 1,265 NHL games over his career and was an All-Star nine times.

After retiring from hockey in 2001, Coffey became involved in coaching where he has served as head coach at Edmonton's Oilers Juniors program since 2007. Paul Coffey was born on February 5th, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario to parents Roy and Phyllis Coffey.

Also Played For: kitchener rangers, pittsburgh penguins

9. Darnell Nurse


Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse was born in 1995 in Hamilton, Ontario. He is a 6'4'' tall, 193-pound nurse with the Edmonton Oilers in 2022. Darnell has represented Canada at both the junior and senior levels of hockey, including a gold medal win at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

He is a versatile player who can play any position on the ice effectively and possesses an excellent work ethic off it as well. In 2021-22 season he had 37 points (8G, 29A) playing for Edmonton Oil Kings of WHL where he led team defencemen in scoring by over 20%. 

 In 2018-19 season he played 58 games for San Jose Barracuda of AHL registering 14 goals and 38 assists for 54 points to lead Sharks blueliners defensemen rankings (tied with Timo Meier).

Selected by Edmonton Oilers 43rd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

10. Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson Career

  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • New York Rangers
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Lukko
  • Augsburger Panther
  • HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 69th overall, 1979
  • Edmonton Oilers

Anderson was a prolific scorer in the NHL, amassing 1,694 points over his career. He is best known for his time with Edmonton Oilers, where he won two Stanley Cups and three MVP Awards.

Anderson also played for Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers before retiring in 2000-2001 season. 

After retirement, Anderson coached Lukko of Finland's top league during 2002-2003 season before joining Hockey Canada as an assistant coach on staff at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

In 2009, Glenn Anderson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after being voted by fellow players as one of their all-time greatest players. 

Anderson was born in Edson, Alberta on October 26th, 1961. Anderson played junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings before making his professional debut with HC La Chaux-de-Fonds of Switzerland's National League A in 1980–81.

After a successful year in Switzerland, Anderson joined the Edmonton Oilers as their 69th overall pick at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and made his North American debut with the club later that season. 

Anderson quickly became one of the key players for Edmonton over the next decade and helped them win two Stanley Cups (1984 & 1985) as well as compete for numerous other trophies including three Canada Cup championships (1984, 1987 & 1989).

In 1997, after 11 seasons playing professionally in North America and Europe, Anderson retired from hockey having scored 608 goals – second all-time behind only.

Gordie Howe – along with 1,214 points over 1284 games played during an illustrious career which saw him inducted into both Hockey Canada's Hall of Fame (2003) and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2005).

Also Played For: stanley cup

11. Kevin Lowe


Kevin Lowe

Lowe is a retired NHL player who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, and Los Angeles Kings. Lowe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020.

Lowe has two sons playing hockey: Max (born 1995) and Kale (born 1997). In 2006, Lowe testified before Congress about professional sports gambling issues in the United States.

Lowe currently works as an analyst for Rogers Sportsnet television network in Canada. In 2009-10 he served as President of Hockey Canada where he led the team to its first ever Gold Medal at the IIHF World Championships held in Germany that year..

Lowe also has a law degree from McGill University and practiced law for several years before becoming involved with coaching and then management positions within hockey organizations.... Kevin Lowe was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1979 and played for them until 1998.

He then coached the team from 1998-2000 before moving on to coach other teams, including Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks. Lowe has also been a part of Canada's national team since 1987 and led them to their first ever Olympic gold medal in 2002. 

In total, Lowe has played 906 NHL games and scored 157 goals - making him one of the most successful defenceman in league history.

12. Ryan Smyth

Left wing

Ryan Smyth

Smyth is a left wing who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators in his NHL career. Smyth was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Smyth had an unsuccessful stint with the Oilers before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers where he became a star player. After spending two seasons with the Flyers, Smyth was traded to Ottawa where he achieved more success than ever before.

In 2013-14, Smyth recorded 48 points (21 goals and 27 assists) in 79 games for Ottawa as they made it to the playoffs for only the second time in their history; however, they were unable to advance past Round 1 due to a loss against Montreal Canadiens.

Injuries forced Ryan Smyth into retirement at age 36 after playing 12 seasons in professional hockey; he currently coaches young players inthe Alberta Hockey League.

13. Jesse Puljujärvi

Right winger

Jesse Puljujärvi

Jesse Puljujärvi was born on May 7th, 1998 in Älvkarleby, Sweden. At 6'4", he is a tall player, and has an impressive weight of 201lbs. He played for the Finland U20 team at the World Championships last year and impressed coaches with his play.

Jesse signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks organization this past summer and will be playing in their AHL affiliate next season before making his NHL debut in 2019-2020. Keep your eyes peeled for Jesse as he continues to develop into one of the top prospects in hockey.

Jesse Puljujärvi was drafted fourth overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has spent his entire playing career with Oulun Kärpät, where he currently plays as a right wing. Puljujärvi has appeared in 116 games for the club and recorded 47 points (21 goals and 26 assists).

At 21 years old, Jesse Puljujärvi is already considered an experienced player in Finland's top-tier league system. With continued development, Puljujarvi could potentially become a high-scoring forward in the NHL one day.

14. Evan Bouchard


Evan Bouchard

Evan Bouchard is a young player in the NHL who has had a meteoric rise up the ranks. He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut with them this season playing 46 games.

He's been impressive for Bakersfield Condors, scoring 21 goals and 66 points in 73 games so far this season. 

His play has caught the attention of many teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks who are both reportedly interested in acquiring him at some point during next season or beyond.

Evan is an excellent skater with good puck control, making him difficult to knock off of the puck even when he's being pressured by opponents high up on the ice Evan Bouchard was drafted 10th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. 

He is a defenceman and shoots right. Evan has played for the London Knights of the OHL since 2016-17, where he won back-to-back championships with them in 2017-18.

In May 2018, he made his debut with Canada at the World Juniors Championships, scoring two goals in seven games en route to winning a gold medal. On November 2nd, 2018, Evan scored his first NHL goal against Connor Hellebuyck of Winnipeg Jets on Hockey Night in Canada's game 7 victory over their rivals from Manitoba. 

Currently playing for Edmonton Oilers, Evan is looking to continue building upon his impressive rookie season and help lead them toward championship contention next year.

15. Grant Fuhr


Grant Fuhr

Grant Fuhr was a goaltender who played for Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues during his NHL career.

Grant Fuhr was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and he made his debut with them that same year. He spent most of his time with the Oilers but also played for Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres before joining the Los Angeles Kings in 1999-00 season.

After three seasons with LA King he returned to Edmonton where he finished his playing days in 2002-03 season. 

Grant Fuhr is considered one of the best goaltenders ever to play in the NHL and he has been inducted into both Hockey Hall of Fame (2003) and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2002). Grant Fuhr played for the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers over a ten-year NHL career.

Grant was drafted by the Flames in 1981 and made his debut with them in 1982-83 season. 

He won two Stanley Cups as part of the Oilers team (1984, 1985) during his playing days; furthermore, he also represented Canada at both Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships (1989, 1993). Grant retired from professional hockey in 2000 after 10 seasons of top level play.

16. Shawn Horcoff


Shawn Horcoff

Shawn Horcoff is a veteran centre who has played for Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators in his NHL career. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Horcoff had an impressive rookie season with Edmonton where he scored 11 goals and added 21 assists for 32 points in 73 games. 

The following year, 1999-2000, saw him score 20 goals and add 30 assists for 50 points in 82 games as well as win Rookie of the Year honours from both the Hockey Writers' Association of Canada (HWAC) and The Canadian Press (CP).

In 2002-03, Horcoff became one of only six players to ever record at least 100 points (107), 200 penalty minutes (217) and 500 shots on goal (551) over their first three seasons in the NHL while also playing 70 or more games each season during that span. 

His best statistical season came during 2007-08 when he registered 31 goals along with 41 assists for 72 points in 79 games which led to him being named to his first All-Star Game appearance alongside teammate Jason Spezza at HP Pavilion in San Jose California on January 25th 2008.

After struggling through injury-plagued seasons throughout 2009–10 & 2010–11 , Horcoff signed a two-year contract extension with Dallas worth $8 million USD on July 1st 2011. On November 7th 2013, after 15 years with Dallas, Shawn announced his retirement from professional hockey.

17. Jordan Eberle

Right winger

Jordan Eberle Career

  • 2007–08: Regina Pats
  • 2008–09: Regina Pats
  • 2008–09: Springfield Falcons
  • 2009–10: Regina Pats
  • 2009–10: Springfield Falcons
  • 2010–11: Edmonton Oilers

Jordan Eberle is a right-wing who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Calgary Flames in his NHL career. He was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Eberle scored 46 goals and added 82 assists for 128 points during the 2010-11 season with Edmonton, winning both the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP that year. 

In 2013, he was traded to New York where he spent four seasons before being dealt to Calgary at the trade deadline in 2017.

During his time with Edmonton, he won two Stanley Cups (2008 & 2009) and an Olympic gold medal (2010). On July 1st, 2018 Jordan Eberle re-signed with Calgary on a one-year contract worth $5 million USD. 

He finished second on Team Canada's roster in their successful quest for Olympic gold once again this year - scoring 4 goals along with 5 assists over 7 games while averaging almost 17 minutes per game.

18. Aleš Hemský

Right winger

Aleš Hemský

Hemský was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round (54th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Hemský has played in over 650 career NHL games, scoring 156 goals and 137 assists for 277 points.

In 2014, Hemský signed with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). On 8 January 2016, Hemsky re-signed with HC Sochi until the end of the 2015–16 KHL season. On 21 May 2017, he left HC Sochi to sign a one-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL.

On 26 July 2018 he signed a two year deal with CBJ AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons Aleš Hemský was drafted 13th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001. He played his entire NHL career with the Oilers, where he won two Stanley Cups in 2007 and 2008. 

He also appeared in a total of 889 games over 10 seasons, recording 292 points (151 goals and 181 assists).

In 2017, Aleš retired from professional hockey after playing for HC Pardubice in Czech Republic's top league. Aleš is currently an assistant coach with HC Pardubice, working on developing young players into future NHL stars.

19. Tyler Benson

Left wing

Tyler Benson Career

  • 2011–12: SSAC Lions Bantam
  • 2012–13: SSAC Lions Bantam
  • 2013–14: Vancouver Giants
  • 2014–15: Vancouver Giants
  • 2015–16: Vancouver Giants

Tyler Benson is a forward for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He was drafted in the 2nd round, 47th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Tyler played collegiately at Boston University where he won two NCAA Championships with them in 2018 and 2019 as well as being named to both The All-American First Team and The ECAC Second Team both seasons.

In his rookie season with Bakersfield, Tyler scored 28 goals and 36 assists for 62 points while also recording 66 penalty minutes in 76 games played which led all AHL rookies that year.

He has since increased those totals to 41 goals and 59 assists for 102 points along with 117 penalty minutes in 132 games played through 14 playoff appearances thus far; leading all condors players ever.

Tyler's father Brett was also a professional hockey player who spent parts of 10 seasons playing mainly in Europe before retiring after an injury sustained during a game against Sweden’s AIK Stockholm which ended his career at just 27 years old.

This gave young tyler some great perspective about not only what it takes to be successful but life itself too when it comes to dealing with adversity on ice or off (something he talks about often).

Tyler married fellow Bruins alum Maddie Rooney back in March of 2020 shortly after their graduation from BU together, they welcomed their first child into this world just one month later on April 15th - a girl they christened Harper Rose Benson. 

As someone who cares deeply about giving back whether it’s participating alongside numerous charities throughout his community or actively raising money & awareness for mental health initiatives like. 

“Stories Unheard” founded by a family friend & former NHLer Dave Andreychuk (the proceeds from sales of TYLER BENSON T-Shirts go directly towards helping these causes), we can expect much more good things from him down the road.

Also Played For: vancouver giants

20. Brad Malone


Brad Malone

Brad Malone was born in Chatham, New Brunswick on May 20th 1989. He is 6' 2" and weighs 207 pounds. Brad plays left wing for the Philadelphia Flyers organization of the NHL.

Malone has played in 283 games over parts of six seasons with Philadelphia, recording 33 goals and 56 assists for 89 points. 

In 2013-14 he had a career year with 27 goals and 43 assists for 70 points in 82 games to help lead the Flyers to their first ever Stanley Cup championship appearance since 1975-76 season.

The following year he added 12 more goals and 21 helpers for 39 points in 76 contests as Philly again reached the final but were unable to win it all against Chicago this time around after being down 3-1 in the series at one point during game.

Malone also represented Canada at both world championships (2010, 2014) where they failed to medal each time despite putting up decent offensive numbers (.857 ppg).

Despite his lack of success internationally however, Brad remains an extremely popular player amongst Flyer fans who call him "Captain Serious."

21. Taylor Hall

Left wing

Taylor Hall Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • Former teams: Edmonton Oilers
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2010
  • Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall is a left wing who plays for the Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 1st, 2016 he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights to a six-year contract worth $42 million and became an unrestricted free agent on June 30th, 2020. In his rookie season (2010-11), Hall led all rookies in points (41) and assists (26).

The following year (2011-12), he finished second in scoring behind only Sidney Crosby with 116 points (50 goals and 76 assists). 

In 2013-14, Hall again led all scorers with 113 points while helping lead New Jersey to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

On February 26th, 2018 Taylor scored an overtime goal against Arizona that won game 5 of their playoff series and propelled them into the Conference Finals where they eventually lost to Washington Capitals 4 games to 2.

22. Bill Guerin

Bill Guerin Career

  • 1988–89: Springfield Olympics
  • 1989–90: Boston College Eagles
  • 1990–91: Boston College Eagles
  • 1991–92: United States
  • 1991–92: Utica Devils
  • 1991–92: New Jersey Devils
  • 1992–93: Utica Devils
  • 1992–93: New Jersey Devils

Guerin is a veteran of the NHL, and has played for teams such as the Devils, Islanders, Sharks and Penguins. He is known for his speed and scoring ability from the right wing position.

Guerin was named to the All-Star team four times (2000–2002, 2003–2005) and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2007. In 2015 he announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NHL. Guerin lives in Massachusetts with his wife Karyn and their two children Taylor and Jack.

Guerin was drafted fifth overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1989. He played with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks before ending.

His NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010. Guerin also had a brief stint playing for Team USA during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament.

After hanging up his skates, Guerin went on to have a successful hockey career as an assistant coach for both the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers from 2011-2017 respectively before retiring altogether at the end of that season.

Also Played For: massachusetts hockey

23. Kailer Yamamoto

Right winger

Kailer Yamamoto Career

  • 2013–14: Los Angeles Jr. Kings
  • 2014–15: Spokane Chiefs
  • 2015–16: Spokane Chiefs
  • 2016–17: Spokane Chiefs
  • 2017–18: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2017–18: Spokane Chiefs
  • 2018–19: Edmonton Oilers

Kailer Yamamoto is a young forward who was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Yamamoto started his hockey career playing for local junior clubs before moving up to NCAA Division I programs at Spokane and Alaska-Anchorage.

He made his professional debut with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League in 2017–18, scoring 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 games played. 

In June of 2018, he signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks and made his NHL debut on October 5th against Calgary Flames scoring 2 goals in 4 games played that season.

The following season (2018-19), Yamamoto had a breakout year statistically recording 34 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 76 regular season games as well as 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 18 playoff games helping lead Vancouver to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1994 where they were defeated by Boston Bruins 4-1.

Yamamoto finished off 2019–20 campaign with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) through 73 regular season games which helped earn him AHL Player of Month honors for March 2020. 

After leading all league goal scorers during that month with 12 markers while also earning 1st Star selection for three straight weeks from February 27th – March 13th respectively.

Also Played For: spokane chiefs

24. Sam Gagner


Sam Gagner Career

  • 2004–05: Toronto Marlboros AAA
  • 2004–05: Milton Icehawks
  • 2005–06: Sioux City Musketeers
  • 2006–07: London Knights
  • 2007–08: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2008–09: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2009–10: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2010–11: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2011–12: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2012–13: EC KAC

Sam Gagner is a talented centre who has been playing in the NHL for 10 years. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2008 and played there until 2012 when he moved to Columbus Blue Jackets.

In 2013, Gagner signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and played for them until 2016. After that, he joined the Arizona Coyotes where he currently plays as a free agent. Sam Gagner is praised for his offensive abilities and is considered one of Canada's best hockey players ever.

Sam Gagner is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

He played college hockey at Ohio State University, where he helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Central Division titles in 2006 and 2007.

After spending two seasons with Columbus of the American Hockey League (AHL), Gagner made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2010–11 season with Philadelphia Flyers. 

In 2013, Gagner signed as a free agent with Arizona Coyotes and led them to their first ever Stanley Cup championship that same year. In June 2017, after six seasons playing for Vancouver Canucks, Gagner re-signed with Arizona Coyotes on a one-year contract worth $6 million dollars.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets

25. Jason Arnott


Jason Arnott Career

  • Edmonton Oilers
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Dallas Stars
  • Nashville Predators
  • Washington Capitals
  • St. Louis Blues

Jason Arnott was born on October 11, 1974 in Collingwood, Ontario. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Arnott played for the Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars over a ten-year career before retiring in 2006. In 2001 he won his first Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers, and he also represented Canada at two Olympic Games (1998 and 2002).

Jason Arnott is currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings Jason Arnott was drafted 7th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played his entire career with the Oilers, making it to 1,079 games and scoring 574 points (240 goals and 374 assists).

Jason won a Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 2006-07, becoming only the 4th player from Alberta to win a championship. 

After playing for Washington as a free agent in 2013-14 he retired at 34 years old after 6 seasons in Washington. In 2014, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside Adam Oates and Guy Carbonneau.

Jason currently coaches young players at his home rink - The Capitals’ practice facility - wearing #23 for them.

Also Played For: nashville predators

26. Fernando Pisani

Fernando Pisani

Fernando Pisani began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1997. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, and New Jersey Devils before joining the Los Angeles Kings in 2012.

Pisani was a member of Canada's 2002 Olympic Gold Medal winning team and has represented his country at several World Championships and international tournaments. In 2015, Fernando Pisani announced he would be retiring from professional hockey after 14 seasons in the league.

After retirement, Fernando Pisani plans to continue working as an ambassador for various charities and organizations involved with youth-related issues around the world. 

On December 20th, 2017 Fernando married longtime girlfriend Anjelica Gatti at a private ceremony in Monte Carlo。 They currently reside in Los Angeles.

27. Al Hamilton

Al Hamilton

Al Hamilton is a retired professional hockey player who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets. He was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada on August 20th, 1946.

Al's height is 6' 2" and he weighs 195lbs (88kg). His position on the ice was defenceman. Al played over 1000 games in the NHL between 1967-1983 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets respectively.

In 1983, he retired from playing professionally to start his coaching career with the Tri-City Americans of American Hockey League (AHL). 

He has coached at various levels including junior leagues such as major junior where he led Saskatoon Blades to Memorial Cup championship in 1984 & 1985 as head coach before being named assistant coach of Calgary Flames for 1986-87 season then became head coach for Pittsburgh Penguins for 1992-93 season before returning back to coaching. 

Junior A level in Saskatchewan after leaving Penguins organization again due to personal reasons in 1994 until 1997 when retiring altogether from coaching role once again although still remained an advisor/manager within CHL team. 

Utah Grizzlies during this time period while also working part time as sports commentator on local radio station CKRM 580AM which is located out of Regina SK Canada since 2001 currently serving fulltime along side his son. 

Brett Hamilton Jr who currently serves as General Manager within Grizzlies organization since 2007 onwards both father & son work together closely supporting each other within. 

Their respective fields often times sharing thoughts/opinions about events that transpire within their sport giving fans a unique perspective not found elsewhere and providing great insight into. 

What it takes be successful both individually & collectively, especially when discussing topics involving family dynamics specifically those revolving around relationships away from rink walls.

28. Ethan Moreau


Ethan Moreau

Ethan Moreau began his professional hockey career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1998. He has also played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.

In 2010, Ethan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Moreau is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (with the Oilers in 1997 and 2000) and a five time All Star (1998–2002).

After retiring from playing hockey in 2002, he became a broadcaster for NHL games on TSN Canada and Fox Sports West Moreau was drafted 14th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994.

He played for the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings before retiring from professional hockey in 2011. Moreau is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015).

He has also won two Olympic gold medals (2006, 2010) as part of Team Canada's hockey team. Moreau is currently an assistant coach with the AHL Rockford IceHogs organization.

29. Esa Tikkanen

Esa Tikkanen Career

  • 1993–94: New York Rangers
  • 1994–95: HIFK
  • 1994–95: St. Louis Blues
  • 1995–96: St. Louis Blues
  • 1995–96: New Jersey Devils
  • 1995–96: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1996–97: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1996–97: New York Rangers

Tikkanen is a Finnish-born left wing who played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and HIFK. Tikkanen was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with the Oilers in 1988 and scored his first NHL goal against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils on December 2, 1988. 

In 1990, he won both scoring champion (with 60 goals) and MVP awards while playing for Edmonton.

Tikkanen was traded to the Rangers in 1992 where he spent six seasons before being dealt to HIFK in 1999 where he retired after one season playing there as well. 

Tikkanen has represented Finland at two Winter Olympics (in 1998 and 2002), three World Championships (1989–1991, 1993–1995, 1997), four International Ice. 

Hockey Federation tournaments (1990 World Cup of Hockey, 1994 European Championship Division I Group A & B playoffs, 1995 IIHF World Championship Final tournament).

Seven EuroBasket championships (1987–1993) and eight world junior championships (1985–1992).

Also Played For: world junior ice hockey championships

30. Tom Gilbert


Tom Gilbert

Gilbert has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild over his career. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Gilbert had a breakout season with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009-10 when he recorded 43 points (11 goals and 32 assists) in 66 games. After spending two seasons with Columbus, Gilbert signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2013.

In 953 NHL games, Gilbert has scored 104 goals and added 242 assists for 336 points along with 604 penalty minutes. Gilbert won gold at both the 2008 World Junior Championships and 2010 Olympic Games while playing for Team USA Gilbert was drafted in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Gilbert has played for five different teams during his playing career, most notably the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. Gilbert has been a mainstay on the American National Team throughout his career, playing in six World Championships and two Olympics tournaments. 

Gilbert is currently an unrestricted free agent and will be looking to sign with another team in 2017-2018 season.

31. Janne Niinimaa


Janne Niinimaa

Janne Niinimaa was born in 1975 in Raahe, Finland. He is 6'1" tall and weighs 220 pounds (100 kilograms). Niinimaa played defence for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens over a 10-year NHL career.

His left shot helped him score 38 goals and add 116 assists for 158 points in 592 career games. Janne Niinimaa was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 36th overall pick of the 1993 NHL Draft. Janne played for Jokerit, Kärpät, Luleå HF and NLA before joining HC Davos in Switzerland in 2013.

In his playing career, Janne scored over 200 points including 233 points with Jokerit from 1999 to 2002; 159 points with Kärpät from 2003 to 2006; and 89 points with Luleå HF from 2007 to 2010. 

He also represented Finland at several international tournaments such as World Championships (1999), Winter Olympics (2002) and World Junior Championships (1996).

After hanging up his skates, Janne became a head coach for Allsvenskan team Rapperswil-Jona Lakers where he led them to back-to-back championship titles in 2018 and 2019.

32. Tyson Barrie


Tyson Barrie Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: Colorado Avalanche
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 64th overall, 2009
  • Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Barrie is a Canadian defenceman who has played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

After two seasons with Calgary, he was traded to Toronto in exchange for Casey Cizikas and Matt Stajan on July 1, 2009. In his first season with Toronto, he led all defensemen with 63 points (21 goals and 42 assists) despite missing 21 games due to injury.

This made him only the fourth player in franchise history to lead their team in scoring while appearing in at least 50 games (the others being Mats Sundin [1996-97], Doug Gilmour [1988-89] and Darryl Sittler [1977-78]).

The following year he helped lead Toronto back into playoff contention as they finished fifth place in Eastern Conference standings; however, they were eliminated by Boston Bruins 4–1 during the First Round of playoffs. 

On July 1st of 2015, Tyson Barrie signed a five-year deal worth $25 million dollars with then-current divisional rivals Edmonton Oilers which reunited him once again with his former head coach Patrick Roy who coached both players when they were playing for Montreal Canadiens together from 2010 until 2014. 

Tyson Barrie started out his career playing junior hockey for Medicine Hat Tigers where he had an impressive offensive output accumulating 99 points over 156 games including 41 goals before being drafted 7th overall by Calgary Flames ahead of highly touted prospects such as Zach Bogosian or Alex Pietrangelo.

After 2 successful years splitting time between rookie league affiliates Abbotsford Heat & Stockton Heat, he finally got called up to play 68 games alongside captain Jarome Iginla & newcomer. 

Jay Bouwmeester during 09 - 10 campaign contributed 5 assists before getting traded midseason leading up to 2011 -12 season. 

This would be one of Tyson's most productive seasons statistically recording 39 points alongside 43 penalty minutes averaging 23:38 minutes per game before sustaining an ankle injury that sidelined him 11 contests. 

This ultimately cost HC Calgary a chance at making it past first-round elimination against Vancouver Canucks after dropping 3 straight home matchups starting 8/11 vs San Jose Sharks and ending 9/29 vs Anaheim Ducks followed by 10/13 @Edmonton Oilers. Returning shortly thereafter on 12/19 Night versus Nashville.

33. Zach Hyman


Zach Hyman Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • Former teams: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • NHL Draft: 123rd overall, 2010
  • Florida Panthers

Zach Hyman is a versatile forward who has played in the NHL for six seasons. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010 and made his debut with them that year.

Hyman has since established himself as one of the most consistent forwards on the team, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game during his career so far. In 2017, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs worth $9 million total dollars.

Hyman is married to fellow Canadian tennis player Sabrina Santoro and they have two children together - daughter Hazel (born 2016) and son Leo (born 2018). 

Outside of hockey, Zach enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf and hiking outdoors when he can find time away from training or games.

Zach Hyman is a left wing who shoots right. He was drafted 123rd overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 and has since played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, and most recently, the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Zach Hyman started his career playing junior hockey with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the OHL before being traded to Toronto in exchange for Brett Lebda and a second-round pick in 2013.

Zach Hyman made his NHL debut with Toronto during the 2014–15 season and recorded two points (1 goal, 1 assist) over 19 games. 

In 2015–16, Zach Hyman scored 20 goals and added 26 assists for 46 points in 74 games as a rookie with Toronto; this led to him making Team Canada at the World Championships that year where he helped lead them to victory over Sweden in overtime on May 11th, 2016 en route to becoming tournament champions.

On July 1st of 2016, Zach Hyman signed an eight-year contract extension with Columbus worth $32 million dollars ($6 million per year). During his time there he won Stanley Cup 2018 against Vegas Golden Knights.

Also Played For: toronto marlies

34. Stuart Skinner


Stuart Skinner is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stuart was drafted by the Oilers in the first round, 17th overall, at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

He played major junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before being traded to Edmonton mid-season in 2017. In his rookie season with Edmonton, he recorded 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists) in 67 games which earned him WHL Rookie of The Year honours.

Stuart made his debut with Canada's national team at age 19 during their World Junior Championship victory over Sweden earlier this year and has since become a regular part. 

Team Canada’s roster both on home soil at IIHF World Championships and abroad as they compete in tournaments such as PyeongChang Olympics Qualifiers and Summer Universiade Games respectively.

At 6 ft 4in tall and weighing almost 200 pounds, Stuart is considered an imposing figure on ice - making him difficult to check off from attackers or defend against when carrying out board control duties; something that often leads to scoring chances for opposing teams when facing him one-on-one down low in close quarters play.

35. Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner was born on September 28, 1982 in Winkler, Manitoba. He played his junior hockey with the Winnipeg Monarchs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Dustin Penner made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in 2002-03 and went on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators over a twelve-year career.

In 2010, Dustin Penner signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers but he left after one season to sign a three-year deal with Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk. 

After spending just one season in Russia, Dustin Penner returned to North America and signed with the Calgary Flames where he finished his NHL career in 2015-16 Dustin Penner was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 5th round of the 2005 NHL Draft.

He played for the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings before signing with Washington Capitals as a free agent in 2014. Dustin Penner had an impressive playing career, amassing over 500 points (239 goals and 319 assists) in 881 games played between 2005-2014. 

Dustin Penner is best known for his play on left wing during his time with various teams, winning multiple awards including two Stanley Cups with the Kings (2011, 2014).

After leaving professional hockey following the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season, he has since taken up coaching roles at both junior levels and internationally with Team Canada's Under 18 squad competing at The World Championships this year.

36. Jarret Stoll


Jarret Stoll

Jarret Stoll is a veteran centerman who has played for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings over his career. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, but he never had much success there and was traded to Los Angeles in 2003.

In 2006, Stoll signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks where he spent eight seasons before being dealt to the Rangers in 2015. He has scored 267 goals and 563 points in 905 games over 13 seasons in the NHL, making him one of its most experienced players. 

At age 40, Stoll is still playing at an excellent level and could have some good years left in him if he continues to play at this level.

Jarret Stoll was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2000 and played for them from 2002 to 2016. He had a long career with the team, accumulating over 800 points in his time there. 

Jarret is best known for playing with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers before joining the Minnesota Wild as a free agent in 2017. In spite of being retired since 2016, he still attends games when he can and lends his support to various charities across Canada.

Jarret has been married to Jenna Stoll since 2010 and they have two young children together - one of which is also an NHL player himself.

37. Anson Carter

Anson Carter

Anson Carter is a retired Canadian ice hockey right winger. He played for the Washington Capitals from 1994 to 2005, and was part of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 1998 and 2004.

Carter also won two Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2002 and 2006, as well as an World Championship title in 2003. 

Injuries forced him out of the NHL at the age of 36, but he has continued playing internationally since then, most notably with HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) where he had a successful tenure before retiring in 2018-19 season due to injury again Carter was drafted in the 1992 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins.

Carter played his entire career with the Edmonton Oilers, where he won two Stanley Cups (1995 and 2006). In 2008, Carter retired from professional hockey after playing 18 seasons. 

Since retiring from hockey, Carter has been working as a color commentator for ESPN's coverage of the National Hockey League (NHL). 5. Carter is also a member of Canada's national ice hockey team and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

38. Mike Comrie

Mike Comrie

Mike Comrie was born on September 11, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta. He played his junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League and then turned professional with the Edmonton Oilers in 2001-02.

In 2005 he signed with the New York Rangers but only lasted one season before returning to Edmonton for two more campaigns. In 2009 he joined HC Davos of Switzerland where he has remained ever since playing a total of 404 games over nine seasons (2010–present).

Mike is married to actress Heather Graham and they have three children together - daughters Makenna and Isabella from their first marriage, as well as son Ryder from his second union which ended in 2015 after 10 years together Mike Comrie was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 91st overall pick of the 1999 NHL Draft.

He played for five different teams during his playing career, including the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Färjestad BK and Ottawa Senators. 

In total he scored 129 goals and 319 points in 694 games played. After finishing his playing career with a spell with New York Islanders, Mike Comrie retired from hockey in 2011.

39. Kelly Buchberger

Kelly Buchberger

Buchberger was born in 1966 and he is from Langenburg, Saskatchewan. He played for the Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins between 1990 and 2006.

Buchberger has a total of 903 career points (233 goals and 611 assists) in 1,098 NHL games. Buchbergers best season came in 2001-02 when he scored 41 goals and 78 assists for 1195 points in just 80 games played with the Kings.

Injuries have been an issue for Buchberger throughout his career which limited him to only 159 regular season games over the past six seasons combined due to knee problems as well as concussion issues that caused him to miss time during both 2009-10 & 2010-11 campaigns respectively).

At 36 years old Kelly is looking forward to continuing playing hockey at a lower level next year before retiring after 14 successful years on the ice.

40. Ryan McLeod


Ryan McLeod

Ryan McLeod is a young, talented forward that has been in the NHL for just two seasons. In his rookie season of 2018-19, Ryan McLeod scored 29 goals and added 58 assists for 97 points in 82 games played.

He was named to the 2019 All-Star Game as a replacement for Cam Atkinson. In 2020-21, he had another strong year with 33 goals and 67 assists for 106 points in 78 games played - leading the Maple Leafs in both categories.

His play led to him being drafted eighth overall by Toronto in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and signing an entry level contract with the team shortly thereafter. 

Ryan Mclde has quickly become one of Toronto’s most important players on defense alongside Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner while also providing some offense from time to time along with veterans such as Auston Matthews and John Tavares when they are called upon.

41. Devin Shore


Devin Shore

Devin Shore was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for both the Texas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks organizations since his draft year.

Shore is a very skilled forward who can score goals at any time, even in tight games. His skating ability makes him an asset on both power plays and penalty kills, as he can get into good positions quickly and put shots on goal from close range or from further out on the ice.

Shore will need to continue to work hard if he wants to make it big in professional hockey, as there are many talented forwards playing in the NHL today Devin Shore is a left-handed shooter who was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 61st overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. 

Devin Shore has spent his entire career playing for the Dallas Stars, having signed with them as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Devin Shore has been very successful with Dallas, scoring at over a point per game rate throughout his career thus far. 

His skills on offense have helped him to be named to both the All-Star and Rookie teams during his time with Dallas. As one of only two lefties on the team, it's likely that Devin Shore will see more ice time moving forward as Texas looks to contend for playoff spots in 2018/19 season.

42. Cody Ceci


Cody Ceci Career

  • 2008–09: Peterborough Minor Petes
  • 2008–09: Peterborough Stars
  • 2009–10: Ottawa 67's
  • 2010–11: Ottawa 67's
  • 2011–12: Ottawa 67's
  • 2012–13: Ottawa 67's
  • 2012–13: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2012–13: Binghamton Senators
  • 2013–14: Binghamton Senators

Cody Ceci is a defenceman for the Ottawa Senators. He was drafted by the Sens in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Cody Ceci has had a successful career with Ottawa, winning two Stanley Cups (in 2017 and 2018) as well as reaching other playoff rounds multiple times.

In addition to his on-ice achievements, Ceci is also known for his charitable work with various causes, most notably cystic fibrosis research and cancer awareness initiatives Outside of hockey, Cody lives in Toronto with his wife Brooke and their son Caden who both attend school there.

Cody enjoys spending time outdoors including fishing, golfing, snowboarding and hiking among other activities Cody Ceci is a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators, and he was drafted by the team in 2012. 2. He has played with Edmonton, Toronto, Pittsburgh and now Ottawa. 

Cody Ceci is a right-shooting defenseman who can be relied upon to play physical hockey.

His stats are impressive: over 100 points in four seasons in the NHL. Cody Ceci is an important part of Canada's national team, and he will look to continue his good form this year at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 6. 

He has been reported as being unhappy with his role on the Sens recently but hopefully things will improve soon.

Also Played For: ottawa 67's, owen sound attack

43. Evander Kane

Left wing

Evander Kane Career

  • 2006–07: Vancouver Giants
  • 2007–08: Vancouver Giants
  • 2008–09: Vancouver Giants
  • 2009–10: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2010–11: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2011–12: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2012–13: Dinamo Minsk

Evander Kane is a left wing who has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Thrashers. Evander Kane was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He had his best season with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12 where he scored 30 goals and 58 points. In July 2014, Evander Kane was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly and Mikhail Grabovski .

The following year (2015), Evander Kane signed with Russian team HC Sochi where he spent one season before returning to North America again with the Buffalo Sabres ahead of the 2016-17 season. 

In 2017-18, Evander Kane led all scoring forwards on Team Canada at during their Olympic Qualifying tournament earning him a spot on their roster for PyeongChang 2018 as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby.

Evander Kane has been suspended multiple times throughout his career including two suspensions from 2017 onwards after sexual assault allegations were made against him which he has denied.

Also Played For: san jose sharks

44. Philip Broberg

Philip Broberg was born on 25 June 2001 in Örebro, Sweden. He is a defence player and stands at 6 ft 3 inches tall. Philip has an impressive weight of 203 lb which helps him to be very strong in the air.

Philip started playing football when he was just six years old and quickly became a talent for his local club Ljungskile SK, where he played until the age of 16 before moving onto Västerås SK where he made his senior debut in 2017 season.

In total Philip has made 38 appearances for Västerås SK scoring one goal so far, but with rumours swirling around about potential moves abroad it will be interesting to see how much further he can progress with his career under his belt. Broberg was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the eighth round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

He has spent his entire professional hockey career with Skellefteå AIK, where he is currently playing. Broberg has represented Sweden at international level on numerous occasions, most recently at the World Junior Championship in Canada earlier this year. 

Philip Broberg is a hard-working forward who will be looking to continue his development with Edmonton next season.

45. Brett Kulak


Brett Kulak

Kulak played in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Abbotsford Heat before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs for their playoff run. Kulak is a physical defenceman who can hit hard and is a good skater.

He had surgery to repair a torn ACL in October of 2016, but has since recovered and rejoined the Heat this season. Kulak was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2012, but never played for them due to signing with the Maple Leafs as an undrafted free agent in 2015-16.

He signed again with Calgary as a restricted free agent at the end of 2017-18, however he left after one game because his playing time had been limited Brett Kulak was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2012.

He has played for them since 2013 and is currently with the team. Kulak shoots left-handed and is a defender. Brett has had success at both junior and professional level, being named to the WHL's first all-star team twice in his career so far. 

In 2016 he signed an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens but did not make their roster out of training camp that year, instead returning to play for Calgary where he helped lead them to the playoffs that season before losing in 7 games to Edmonton Oilers in the semi-finals..

In 2017 Brett re-signed with Calgary as a free agent and played alongside fellow Calgarian Johnny Gaudreau on one of hockey's most successful teams ever.

46. Markus Niemeläinen

Markus Niemeläinen is a Finland Defenceman who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2nd round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Kuopio Jukurit Jr.

during his junior career, registering 36 points (7 goals and 29 assists) in 58 games over two seasons. After completing his draft eligibility, he signed with Carolina's AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers and made his professional debut on October 12th, 2018 against Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Markus has represented Finland at both the U18 and World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal at the latter tournament in 2017 alongside fellow Canes prospect Teuvo Teravainen. 

With size that belies his age (6'6"), Markus will likely be deployed as a defenceman at the NHL level but can also play forward if needed - something that could give him an edge when competing for ice time with established veterans like Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jay McClement.

47. Warren Foegele

Left wing

Warren Foegele

Warren Foegele is a 26-year old Canadian forward who has played in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round, 97th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

During his rookie season with Carolina, he scored 10 goals and 16 points in 48 games. In 2017-18, he had 20 goals and 49 points in 73 games for Charlotte before being traded to Montreal at the trade deadline.

However, due to an injury he only played eight games for them before being waived on March 1st 2019 and returned to Charlotte where he finished out the season playing 33 games scoring 19 goals and 34 points as they made. 

It to the playoffs as Eastern Conference champions losing 4-1 in game 7 against Boston Bruins Foegele will be entering his fourth year with HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A after signing a two-year contract extension on July 25th 2018 worth CHF 2 million ($1 million).

48. Charlie Huddy

Charlie Huddy

Huddy was born in Oshawa, Ontario on June 2, 1959. At 6'0" and 200 pounds, Huddy is a defensive player who shot left. He played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1983 to 1994 and helped lead them to their only Stanley Cup championship in 1993-94.

After leaving the NHL, Huddy spent two seasons with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League before retiring in 1997. 

In 2005, he became an assistant coach with his former team, the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs where he stayed until 2010 when he took over as head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL (formerly known as Les Glorieux).

Under his guidance, Quebec reached back-to-back QMJHL championships in 2013–14 and 2014–15 before being eliminated by London Knights during round one of the 2015 playoffs; however, they subsequently won promotion to play alongside.

Hamilton in the 2016–17 season under new ownership which saw him replaced after four months following poor results leading up to Christmas break Charlie Huddy currently resides with his wife Kelly and son Connor near Drummondville.

49. Mike Smith


Mike Smith Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • Former teams: Dallas Stars
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes
  • Calgary Flames
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 161st overall, 2001
  • Dallas Stars

Mike Smith is a goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Smith played his junior hockey with Kingston Frontenacs and Kitchener Rangers before being signed by Tampa Bay as an 18-year-old free agent in 2000. 

After playing three seasons with Tampa Bay's minor league affiliate Norfolk Admirals, he made his NHL debut on October 9th, 2003 against the Montreal Canadiens at 19 years old.

In 2004–05 season he helped lead Norfolk to their first Calder Cup championship and earned First Team All American honours from USA Hockey that year; also finishing fifth in Vezina Trophy voting behind Martin Brodeur (New Jersey), Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus), Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Anaheim). 

In 2006–07 season Smith had one of his best campaigns statistically recording a 26–16–7 record with 2 shutouts en route to earning Second Team All Star honours while helping Norfolk reach the Conference Finals where they were defeated 4 games to 1 by Philadelphia Flyers;.

Also winning goaltending award at AHL Annual Awards Ceremony that year – Most Valuable Player - Goaltender category beating out Brian Boucher (.613 Save Percentage vs .927 Sv% for Boucher).

The 2007 playoffs marked Mike Smith's first taste of Stanley Cup Playoffs action when he started all six games as backup to Nikolai Khabibulin as TampaBay reached Eastern Conference Semifinals only to be eliminated 3 games to 0 by Ottawa Senators.

However it would later be revealed that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson wore a "choking hazard" strap which caused him discomfort during game 6 so Khabibulin got relief allowing Mike Smith win the playoff series MVP award.

After going 5/0 with two shutouts including a Game 7 deciding victory over Ottawa who scored just two goals total over 6 games despite leading 3 times in series standings prior 14 months since acquiring him from TampBay via trade on February 23rd, 2008 along with Cory Conacher & Jeff Norton for Ben Bishop, Steve Downie & future considerations).

On July 1st 2009 MikeSmith was traded along with Rostislav Olesz & 2011 2nd round pick (#41-Brayden Schenn) TO St Louis.

Also Played For: 2020–21 nhl season, 2014–15 nhl season

50. Oscar Klefbom


Oscar Klefbom

Oscar Klefbom is a 29-year-old defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted by the Oilers in 2013 and has since played his entire NHL career with them.

Klefbom is known for being an effective two-way player, as well as having good size and strength. In 2015 he led all NHL defensemen in scoring with 58 points (24 goals, 36 assists).

Klefbom will be entering into the final year of his contract with the Oilers this season, and will likely be looking to sign a long-term deal in 2018 or 2019. Oscar Klefbom was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Klefbom has spent his entire playing career with the Oilers organization, appearing in over 220 games and registering 26 points. Klefbom is a two-time All-Star and won a gold medal at the World Championships this past year with Sweden. 

He is an excellent skater who makes strong decisions with the puck on both offense and defense, making him difficult to beat one-on-one or through traffic.

Klefbom will be an important part of Canada's Olympic team this year and could very well contend for another Stanley Cup championship as soon as next season with Edmonton - watch out.

51. Zack Kassian

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Zack Kassian

Kassian was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 20th overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kassian played for both minor hockey teams and then major junior with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

He made his debut with Edmonton during their 2010–11 season and scored 7 goals in 48 games before being traded to Vancouver Canucks on February 26, 2011. Kassian played two seasons with Vancouver before being traded again to Calgary Flames on July 1, 2013.

In total, Kassian has registered 157 points (71 goals and 84 assists) in 401 career NHL games played Kassian was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2009 and has since played for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Arizona Coyotes. Kassian is a power forward who can score goals from anywhere on the ice.

Kassian is known for his aggressive playstyle; he's not afraid to get involved in physical battles or take penalties to help his team win. Kassian has had several off-the-field issues during his playing career including arrests for driving under the influence and assault charges. 

Despite these incidents, Kassian continues to be an important part of his teams' lineup; he's been productive both offensively and defensively throughout his career so far.

Final Words

. . The Edmonton Oilers are one of the most storied franchises in ice hockey. Since their inception as a NHL team, they have had some of the best players to ever step on the ice.

Some of these players include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Jari Kurri. The Oilers continue to produce top-tier talent, with guys like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl looking to be superstars in years to come.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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