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1995–96 Edmonton Oilers
Division 5th Pacific
Conference 10th Western
1995–96 record 30–44–8
Home record 15–21–5
Road record 15–23–3
Goals for 240 (17th)
Goals against 304 (24th)
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Ron Low
Captain Kelly Buchberger
Alternate captains Jason Arnott
Luke Richardson
Doug Weight
Arena Edmonton Coliseum
Average attendance 12,335 (72.1%)
Team leaders
Goals Zdeno Ciger (31)
Assists Doug Weight (79)
Points Doug Weight (104)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Marchment (202)
Plus/minus Mariusz Czerkawski (+7)
Wins Curtis Joseph (15)
Goals against average Curtis Joseph (3.44)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 17th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 17–27–4 record, earning 38 points, in the lockout shortened 1994–95 season, missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.

During the off-season, the Oilers and St. Louis Blues would complete a trade that saw Edmonton acquire goaltender Curtis Joseph and the rights of Mike Grier in exchange for a 1st round draft pick in both 1996 and 1997. Joseph and the Oilers could not come to a contract agreement, and he would start the season with the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL. The Oilers also would bring back Glenn Anderson, whom they traded in 1991, as he signed as a free agent, however, he would be dealt to the Blues midway through the season.

As the Oilers would struggle badly early in the season, sitting with a 14–23–6 record at the time of the signing, the team and Joseph agreed to a contract in early January, and Edmonton would then trade their other #1 goaltender, Bill Ranford, to the Boston Bruins for Sean Brown, Mariusz Czerkawski and the Bruins 1st round pick in 1996. Edmonton would play better defensive hockey after the trade, as Joseph would post a 15–16–2 record, however, it was not enough for the Oilers to make the playoffs, as they finished 10 points behind the 8th place Winnipeg Jets.

Offensively, Doug Weight became the first Oiler since Mark Messier in 1989–90 to reach the 100 point plateau, as Weight would record 104 points. Zdeno Ciger scored a team high 31 goals, while Jason Arnott scored 28 goals and 59 points despite missing 18 games due to injuries. Boris Mironov led the defense with 32 points, while fellow blueliner Jeff Norton would earn 20 points in 30 games after being acquired from St. Louis.

In goal, Bill Ranford would get most of the action until early January, winning 13 games and posting a 3.84 GAA, then Curtis Joseph stepped in and led the Oilers in wins at 15, and posted a team best 3.44 GAA.

Contents

Season standings

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Colorado Avalanche 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
2 6 Calgary Flames 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
3 7 Vancouver Canucks 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
4 9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
5 10 Edmonton Oilers 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
6 12 Los Angeles Kings 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
7 13 San Jose Sharks 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

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

Game log

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

Season stats

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Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 82 25 79 104 95
Zdeno Ciger 78 31 39 70 41
Jason Arnott 64 28 31 59 87
David Oliver 80 20 19 39 34
Todd Marchant 81 19 19 38 66

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Fred Brathwaite 7 293 0 2 0 12 0 .914 2.46
Curtis Joseph 34 1936 15 16 2 111 0 .886 3.44
Joaquin Gage 16 717 2 8 1 45 0 .871 3.77
Bill Ranford 37 2015 13 18 5 128 1 .875 3.81

Transactions

Trades

August 4, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
1st round pick in 1996 - Marty Reasoner
*1st round pick in 1997 - Matt Zutlek
To Edmonton Oilers
Curtis Joseph
Mike Grier
August 24, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
7th round pick in 1997 - Larry Shapley
To Edmonton Oilers
Brett Hauer
December 4, 1995 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Peter White
4th round pick in 1996 - Jason Sessa
To Edmonton Oilers
Kent Manderville
January 4, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Ken Sutton
Igor Kravchuk
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Norton
Donald Dufresne
January 11, 1996 To Boston Bruins
Bill Ranford
To Edmonton Oilers
Mariusz Czerkawski
Sean Brown
1st round pick in 1996 - Matthieu Descoteaux
March 12, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
David Roberts
March 20, 1996 To Detroit Red Wings
Kirk Maltby
To Edmonton Oilers
Dan McGillis

*Later traded to the Los Angeles Kings

Free agents

Player Former Team
F Rem Murray Los Angeles Kings
Player New Team
F Shayne Corson St. Louis Blues
F Mike Stapleton Winnipeg Jets
F Micah Aivazoff New York Islanders
F Davis Payne Boston Bruins
F Iain Fraser Winnipeg Jets

Draft picks

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Steve Kelly  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2 31 Georges Laraque  Canada St-Jean Lynx (QMJHL)
3 57 Lukas Zib  Czech Republic Ceske Budejovice HC (Czech.)
4 83 Mike Minard  Canada Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL)
5 109 Jan Snopek  Czech Republic Oshawa Generals (OHL)
7 161 Martin Cerven  Czech Republic Dukla Trencin (Czech.)
8 187 Stephen Douglas  Canada Niagara Falls Thunder (OHL)
9 213 Jiri Antonin  Czech Republic Pardubice HC (Czech.)
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