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2002–03 Edmonton Oilers
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 8th Western
2002–03 record 36–26–11–9
Home record 20–12–5–4
Road record 16–14–6–5
Goals for 231 (9th)
Goals against 230 (T-19th)
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Todd Marchant
Janne Niinimaa (Oct-Mar)
Ryan Smyth
Arena Skyreach Centre
Average attendance 16,658 (98.9%)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (27)
Assists Todd Marchant (40)
Points Ryan Smyth (61)
Penalties in minutes Scott Ferguson (120)
Plus/minus Marty Reasoner (+19)
Wins Tommy Salo (29)
Goals against average Jussi Markkanen (2.59)
<2001–02 2003–04>

The 2002–03 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 24th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 38–28–12–4 record in 2001–02, earning 92 points, however, they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996, finishing in 9th place in the Western Conference.

The Oilers would get off to a slow start, winning only 1 of their first 7 games, going 1–4–2, however, the club would turn around the tough start and move above the .500 mark on November 25, and never go below again for the remainder of the season. As the trade deadline approached in mid-March, and the club comfortably in a playoff position, Edmonton would make a couple of deals, trading defenceman Janne Niinimaa and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Islanders in exchange for Brad Isbister and prospect Raffi Torres. The Oilers would also trade Anson Carter and Ales Pisa to the New York Rangers for Radek Dvorak and Cory Cross. Edmonton would finish the season with a 36–26–11–9 record, earning 92 points, the same amount as the previous season, and clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Offensively, Ryan Smyth would lead the club with 27 goals and 61 points, while Todd Marchant had a breakout season, earning 40 assists and 60 points. Anson Carter had 25 goals and 55 points in 68 games before being dealt to the New York Rangers. Mike York and Mike Comrie each broke the 20 goal plateau, with 22 and 20 goals respectively. Eric Brewer led the Oilers defense with 8 goals and 29 points, while Scott Ferguson had a team high 120 penalty minutes.

In goal, Tommy Salo would once again get a majority of the playing time, winning 29 games, while posting a 2.71 GAA and earning 4 shutouts. Backup Jussi Markkanen had a very solid season, winning 7 games, had a team best 2.59 GAA, and 3 shutouts.

After a year absence, Edmonton would return to the post-season, and would face their old nemesis, the Dallas Stars, who finished with 111 points in the regular season. This would be the 6th playoff meeting between the clubs in the past 7 years, with Dallas winning 4 series in a row. Edmonton would start the series on the right note, defeating the Stars 2–1 on the road, however, Dallas would rout the Oilers in the 2nd game to even up the series as it shifted to Edmonton. The Oilers would take a 2–1 series lead with a solid 3–2 victory in the 3rd game, but Dallas would rebound in the 4th game to tie the series up at 2 games each. The Stars would then take control of the series, winning the 5th game by a 5–2 score, and end the series in game 6, beating Edmonton 3–2, and eliminate the Oilers for the 5th time in the past 6 seasons.

Contents

Season standings

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Colorado Avalanche 82 42 19 13 8 251 194 105
2 4 Vancouver Canucks 82 45 23 13 1 264 208 104
3 6 Minnesota Wild 82 42 29 10 1 198 178 95
4 8 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 26 11 9 231 230 92
5 12 Calgary Flames 82 29 36 13 4 186 228 75

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

Game log

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Philadelphia Flyers 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 0–0–1–0 1
2 October 12 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Nashville Predators 1–0–1–0 3
3 October 15 Edmonton Oilers 0–3 Dallas Stars 1–1–1–0 3
4 October 17 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 San Jose Sharks 1–2–1–0 3
5 October 19 Boston Bruins 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 1–3–1–0 3
6 October 22 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Colorado Avalanche 1–3–2–0 4
7 October 24 St. Louis Blues 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 1–4–2–0 4
8 October 26 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–4–2–0 6
9 October 28 Dallas Stars 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 2–4–2–1 7
10 November 1 Buffalo Sabres 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–4–3–1 8
11 November 3 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Chicago Blackhawks 3–4–3–1 10
12 November 5 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 New York Rangers 3–5–3–1 10
13 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 New York Islanders 3–6–3–1 10
14 November 9 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 New Jersey Devils 4–6–3–1 12
15 November 11 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Boston Bruins 4–7–3–1 12
16 November 12 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Minnesota Wild 5–7–3–1 14
17 November 15 St. Louis Blues 0–5 Edmonton Oilers 6–7–3–1 16
18 November 16 Los Angeles Kings 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 6–8–3–1 16
19 November 19 Chicago Blackhawks 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 7–8–3–1 18
20 November 21 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Calgary Flames 8–8–3–1 20
21 November 23 Detroit Red Wings 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 8–8–4–1 21
22 November 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Detroit Red Wings 9–8–4–1 23
23 November 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 10–8–4–1 25
24 November 30 Colorado Avalanche 0–1 Edmonton Oilers 11–8–4–1 27
25 December 3 Minnesota Wild 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 12–8–4–1 29
26 December 5 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning 12–9–4–1 29
27 December 7 Edmonton Oilers 4–0 Florida Panthers 13–9–4–1 31
28 December 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–0 Atlanta Thrashers 14–9–4–1 33
29 December 11 Carolina Hurricanes 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 15–9–4–1 35
30 December 13 Colorado Avalanche 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 16–9–4–1 37
31 December 14 Vancouver Canucks 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 16–10–4–1 37
32 December 17 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Minnesota Wild 16–10–4–2 38
33 December 19 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Colorado Avalanche 16–11–4–2 38
34 December 21 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Vancouver Canucks 16–11–4–3 39
35 December 26 Vancouver Canucks 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 16–12–4–3 39
36 December 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 17–12–4–3 41
37 December 30 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Phoenix Coyotes 17–12–4–4 42
38 December 31 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 Dallas Stars 17–13–4–4 42
39 January 2 Minnesota Wild 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 17–13–4–5 43
40 January 4 Montreal Canadiens 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 18–13–4–5 45
41 January 6 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 San Jose Sharks 18–13–5–5 46
42 January 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 19–13–5–5 48
43 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Los Angeles Kings 20–13–5–5 50
44 January 11 Ottawa Senators 2–0 Edmonton Oilers 20–14–5–5 50
45 January 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–8 Edmonton Oilers 21–14–5–5 52
46 January 16 Los Angeles Kings 0–2 Edmonton Oilers 22–14–5–5 54
47 January 18 Nashville Predators 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 22–14–5–6 55
48 January 20 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Calgary Flames 22–15–5–6 55
49 January 22 Detroit Red Wings 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 23–15–5–6 57
50 January 24 Phoenix Coyotes 5–1 Edmonton Oilers 23–16–5–6 57
51 January 29 Minnesota Wild 1–5 Edmonton Oilers 24–16–5–6 59
52 January 30 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Vancouver Canucks 24–16–6–6 60
53 February 5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 25–16–6–6 62
54 February 7 Calgary Flames 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 25–17–6–6 62
55 February 8 Chicago Blackhawks 3–0 Edmonton Oilers 25–18–6–6 62
56 February 11 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 26–18–6–6 64
57 February 13 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Ottawa Senators 26–19–6–6 64
58 February 15 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 26–20–6–6 64
59 February 18 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins 26–20–6–7 65
60 February 20 Edmonton Oilers 2–6 Detroit Red Wings 26–21–6–7 65
61 February 22 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 26–21–6–8 66
62 February 23 Atlanta Thrashers 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 26–21–7–8 67
63 February 25 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Colorado Avalanche 26–22–7–8 67
64 February 27 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 St. Louis Blues 26–23–7–8 67
65 March 1 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 26–23–8–8 68
66 March 4 San Jose Sharks 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 27–23–8–8 70
67 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 2–1 Los Angeles Kings 28–23–8–8 72
68 March 7 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 29–23–8–8 74
69 March 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 29–24–8–8 74
70 March 11 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Calgary Flames 30–24–8–8 76
71 March 13 New York Islanders 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 30–25–8–8 76
72 March 15 Dallas Stars 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 31–25–8–8 78
73 March 17 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Nashville Predators 32–25–8–8 80
74 March 20 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Phoenix Coyotes 32–25–8–9 81
75 March 22 Washington Capitals 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 33–25–8–9 83
76 March 23 Nashville Predators 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 34–25–8–9 85
77 March 26 Phoenix Coyotes 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 35–25–8–9 87
78 March 28 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–4 Edmonton Oilers 36–25–8–9 89
79 March 30 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Chicago Blackhawks 36–25–9–9 90
80 March 31 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 St. Louis Blues 36–25–10–9 91
81 April 3 San Jose Sharks 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 36–25–11–9 92
82 April 5 Calgary Flames 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 36–26–11–9 92

Playoffs

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Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–1 Dallas Stars 1–0
2 April 11 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Dallas Stars 1–1
3 April 13 Dallas Stars 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 15 Dallas Stars 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–2
5 April 17 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Dallas Stars 2–3
6 April 19 Dallas Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 2–4

Season stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 66 27 34 61 67
Todd Marchant 77 20 40 60 48
Anson Carter 68 25 30 55 20
Mike York 71 22 29 51 10
Mike Comrie 69 20 31 51 90

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Jussi Markkanen 22 1180 7 8 3 51 3 .904 2.59
Tommy Salo 65 3814 29 27 8 172 4 .899 2.71

Playoff stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Shawn Horcoff 6 3 1 4 6
Georges Laraque 6 1 3 4 4
Eric Brewer 6 1 3 4 6
Ryan Smyth 6 2 0 2 16
Todd Marchant 6 0 2 2 6

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Tommy Salo 6 343 2 4 18 0 .888 3.15

Transactions

Trades

June 18, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 2003 - Ryan Potulny
To Edmonton Oilers
Jiri Dopita
June 22, 2002 To Buffalo Sabres
Jochen Hecht
To Edmonton Oilers
2nd round pick in 2002 - Jeff Deslauriers
2nd round pick in 2002 - Jarret Stoll
June 22, 2002 To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 2002 - Chris Higgins
To Edmonton Oilers
1st round pick in 2002 - Jesse Niinimaki
8th round pick in 2002 - Tomas Micka
June 30, 2002 To New York Rangers
4th round pick in 2003 - Corey Potter
To Edmonton Oilers
Mike Richter
October 7, 2002 To Washington Capitals
Mike Grier
To Edmonton Oilers
*2nd round pick in 2003 - Evgeny Tunik
3rd round pick in 2003 - Zach Stortini
January 15, 2003 To New York Rangers
Josh Green
To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
March 11, 2003 To New York Islanders
Janne Niinimaa
2nd round pick in 2003 - Evgeny Tunik
To Edmonton Oilers
Brad Isbister
Raffi Torres
March 11, 2003 To New York Rangers
Anson Carter
Ales Pisa
To Edmonton Oilers
Radek Dvorak
Cory Cross

*Later traded to the New York Islanders

Free agents

Player New Team
G Mike Richter New York Rangers
D Sven Butenschon Florida Panthers
D Chris Hajt Washington Capitals
F Domenic Pittis Nashville Predators
G Marc Lamothe Detroit Red Wings
D Alain Nasreddine New York Islanders

Draft picks

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 15 Jesse Niinimaki  Finland Ilves (Finland)
2 31 Jeff Deslauriers  Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2 36 Jarret Stoll  Canada Kootenay Ice (WHL)
2 44 Matt Greene  United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 79 Brock Radunske  Canada Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)
4 106 Ivan Koltsov  Russia Cherepovets (Russia)
4 111 Jonas Almtorp  Sweden Modo Hockey (Sweden)
4 123 Robin Kovar  Czech Republic HC Vsetin (Czech.)
5 148 Glenn Fisher  Canada Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL)
6 181 Mikko Luoma  Finland Tappara (Finland)
7 205 Jean-Francois Dufort  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
7 211 Patrick Murphy  Canada Newmarket Hurricanes (OPJHL)
8 244 Dwight Helminen  United States Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)
8 245 Tomas Micka  Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha (Czech.)
9 274 Fredrik Johansson  Sweden Frolunda (Sweden)
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References

Notes
  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 

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