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2001–02 Edmonton Oilers
Division 3rd Northwest
Conference 9th Western
2001–02 record 38–28–12–4
Home record 23–14–4–0
Road record 15–14–8–4
Goals for 205 (T-20th)
Goals against 182 (2nd)
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Mike Grier
Todd Marchant
Rem Murray (Oct-Mar)
Janne Niinimaa (Mar-Apr)
Ryan Smyth
Arena Skyreach Centre
Average attendance 16,593 (98.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Mike Comrie (33)
Assists Janne Niinimaa (39)
Points Mike Comrie (60)
Anson Carter (60)
Penalties in minutes Georges Laraque (157)
Plus/minus Mike Comrie (+16)
Wins Tommy Salo (30)
Goals against average Tommy Salo (2.22)
<2000–01 2002–03>

The 2001–02 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 23rd season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 39–28–12–3 record in 2000–01, earning 93 points, the highest point total the Oilers had achieved since the 1987–88 season, when they earned 99 points. The Oilers would meet the Dallas Stars in the opening round of the playoffs, and lose in 6 games.

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

Despite the loss of Weight, the Oilers got off to a great start, and on December 16, they sat at the top of the Northwest Division with 43 points. Edmonton would then slump, going 9–16–7–1 in their next 33 games to drop them out of the playoff picture. The club would then go on a 9 game unbeaten streak, and despite finishing the year with a 38–28–12–4 record, good for 90 points, they would miss the playoffs for the first time since 1996, finishing 2 points behind the 8th place Vancouver Canucks.

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

In goal, Tommy Salo would have arguably the best season ever by an Oilers goaltender, winning 30 games and posting a club record 2.22 GAA, and earning 5 shutouts. The 182 goals the Oilers allowed was a club record for fewest in a season, and the second lowest total in the NHL during the season.

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Season standings

Northwest Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Colorado Avalanche 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
Vancouver Canucks 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
Edmonton Oilers 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
Calgary Flames 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
Minnesota Wild 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73

Game log

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 3 Edmonton Oilers 0–1 Calgary Flames 0–1–0–0 0
2 October 6 Phoenix Coyotes 2–6 Edmonton Oilers 1–1–0–0 2
3 October 9 Chicago Blackhawks 0–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–1–0–0 4
4 October 11 Colorado Avalanche 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 3–1–0–0 6
5 October 13 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Nashville Predators 4–1–0–0 8
6 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Minnesota Wild 4–1–1–0 9
7 October 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 4–2–1–0 9
8 October 18 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Colorado Avalanche 5–2–1–0 11
9 October 20 Florida Panthers 2–6 Edmonton Oilers 6–2–1–0 13
10 October 22 Nashville Predators 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 6–3–1–0 13
11 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 Detroit Red Wings 6–4–1–0 13
12 October 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–4–1–0 15
13 October 27 Vancouver Canucks 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 8–4–1–0 17
14 October 30 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 9–4–1–0 19
15 November 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 9–5–1–0 19
16 November 4 Edmonton Oilers 2–0 Minnesota Wild 10–5–1–0 21
17 November 6 Edmonton Oilers 0–1 Boston Bruins 10–5–1–1 22
18 November 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 11–5–1–1 24
19 November 11 Edmonton Oilers 1–1 Carolina Hurricanes 11–5–2–1 25
20 November 13 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Phoenix Coyotes 12–5–2–1 27
21 November 16 Chicago Blackhawks 1–7 Edmonton Oilers 13–5–2–1 29
22 November 17 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Vancouver Canucks 13–5–3–1 30
23 November 20 St. Louis Blues 0–2 Edmonton Oilers 14–5–3–1 32
24 November 22 Los Angeles Kings 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 14–6–3–1 32
25 November 24 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Colorado Avalanche 14–7–3–1 32
26 November 28 Edmonton Oilers 2–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 15–7–3–1 34
27 November 29 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Los Angeles Kings 16–7–3–1 36
28 December 1 Dallas Stars 6–4 Edmonton Oilers 16–8–3–1 36
29 December 5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 17–8–3–1 38
30 December 7 Edmonton Oilers 0–5 Dallas Stars 17–9–3–1 38
31 December 8 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Nashville Predators 17–9–4–1 39
32 December 11 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 San Jose Sharks 17–9–4–2 40
33 December 13 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 17–10–4–2 40
34 December 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 18–10–4–2 42
35 December 16 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers 19–10–4–2 44
36 December 18 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 New York Islanders 19–11–4–2 44
37 December 20 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 New Jersey Devils 19–11–5–2 45
38 December 21 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Chicago Blackhawks 19–12–5–2 45
39 December 26 Calgary Flames 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 20–12–5–2 47
40 December 28 Minnesota Wild 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 21–12–5–2 49
41 December 30 New Jersey Devils 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 21–13–5–2 49
42 December 31 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Calgary Flames 21–13–6–2 50
43 January 2 New York Rangers 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 22–13–6–2 52
44 January 5 Vancouver Canucks 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 22–14–6–2 52
45 January 6 Montreal Canadiens 6–7 Edmonton Oilers 23–14–6–2 54
46 January 10 Carolina Hurricanes 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 23–15–6–2 54
47 January 12 Colorado Avalanche 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 23–15–7–2 55
48 January 14 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks 23–16–7–2 55
49 January 1 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 St. Louis Blues 23–17–7–2 55
50 January 18 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 24–17–7–2 57
51 January 19 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–0 Edmonton Oilers 24–18–7–2 57
52 January 21 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 San Jose Sharks 24–19–7–2 57
53 January 23 Colorado Avalanche 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 24–20–7–2 57
54 January 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 25–20–7–2 59
55 January 28 Detroit Red Wings 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 25–20–8–2 60
56 January 30 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Vancouver Canucks 25–20–9–2 61
57 February 5 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Atlanta Thrashers 25–21–9–2 61
58 February 7 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 St. Louis Blues 25–22–9–2 61
59 February 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–1 Dallas Stars 25–22–10–2 62
60 February 10 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Phoenix Coyotes 26–22–10–2 64
61 February 12 San Jose Sharks 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 26–23–10–2 64
62 February 28 Nashville Predators 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 26–24–10–2 64
63 March 2 St. Louis Blues 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 26–24–11–2 65
64 March 4 Edmonton Oilers 3–0 Buffalo Sabres 27–24–11–2 67
65 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Tampa Bay Lightning 28–24–11–2 69
66 March 8 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Florida Panthers 28–25–11–2 69
67 March 10 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Washington Capitals 28–26–11–2 69
68 March 13 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Detroit Red Wings 28–26–11–3 70
69 March 14 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Ottawa Senators 29–26–11–3 72
70 March 16 Washington Capitals 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 30–26–11–3 74
71 March 20 San Jose Sharks 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 31–26–11–3 76
72 March 23 Calgary Flames 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 32–26–11–3 78
73 March 24 Edmonton Oilers 2–0 Vancouver Canucks 33–26–11–3 80
74 March 26 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 34–26–11–3 82
75 March 28 Los Angeles Kings 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 34–26–12–3 83
76 March 30 Dallas Stars 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 35–26–12–3 85
77 April 2 Minnesota Wild 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 36–26–12–3 87
78 April 5 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 36–27–12–3 87
79 April 6 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Los Angeles Kings 36–27–12–4 88
80 April 10 Phoenix Coyotes 0–3 Edmonton Oilers 37–27–12–4 90
81 April 12 Calgary Flames 2–0 Edmonton Oilers 37–28–12–4 90
82 April 14 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Minnesota Wild 38–28–12–4 92

Season stats

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Scoring leaders

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

Goaltending

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

Transactions

Trades

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

Free agents

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

Draft picks

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

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