Best Edmonton Oilers Players of All Time

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Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky waves as he and teammates whoop it up with the Stanley Cup trophy following their 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals at Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum, May 27, 1988.
(AP Photo/James Finley)
Nick Holz @HolzSportsCo Jun 03, 2024, 4:40 PM
  • Check out the top Edmonton Oilers icons of all time.
  • The list includes The Great One and Connor McDavid.
  • Goalie Grant Fuhr won the 1988 Vezina trophy.

Embark on a journey through the history of the fabled Edmonton Oilers. From the glory days of the 1980s to modern icons, these players have become the epitome of hockey greatness in the city, including Connor McDavid, who’s often near the top of the NHL odds board for MVP.

Best Edmonton Oilers Players of All Time

RankPlayerPositionOilers Years
1Wayne GretzkyCentre1978-1988
2Mark MessierCentre1979-1991
3Jari KurriRight Wing1980-1990
4Paul CoffeyDefence1980-1987
5Grant Fuhr Goalie1981-1991
6Glenn AndersonRight Wing1980-1991, 1996
7Kevin LoweDefence1979-1992, 1996-1998
8Connor McDavidCentre2015-Present

1. Wayne Gretzky

“The Great One” tops the charts as the best player in the history of the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky revolutionized the game of hockey, leading Edmonton to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. 

His unbeatable records and unparalleled vision on the ice made him a global hockey icon. 

2. Mark Messier

Mark Messier’s incredible skill and leadership were instrumental in the Oilers’ dynasty years. His knack for elevating the play of his teammates and scoring in crucial moments earned him a revered place in Oilers lore. 

Messier won five Stanley Cups, the 1984 Conn Smythe Trophy, and the 1990 Hart Memorial Trophy with the Oilers.

3. Jari Kurri

Known for his goal-scoring prowess, Jari Kurri was a key cog in the Oilers’ offensive powerhouse. His chemistry with Gretzky produced some of the most unbelievable plays in Oilers’ history.  

4. Paul Coffey

Coffey redefined the role of offensive-defensive players and paved the way for many of the modern defensemen we enjoy today. 

His incredible speed and scoring talent were unheard of in his era, leading to three Norris trophies and a laundry list of records. Coffey was a pivotal part of three Stanley Cup championships in Edmonton.

5. Grant Fuhr

Grant Fuhr was the backbone of five Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup championship teams.

His clutch performances in goal were crucial to the team’s success and earned him the 1988 Vezina trophy. 

6. Glenn Anderson 

Glenn Anderson’s aggressive playing style and clutch scoring were an integral part of the Oilers’ dynasty.

He registered two 50-goal seasons and three 100-point seasons in 11 years with the Oilers and was one of just seven members of all five Stanley Cup-winning teams. 

7. Kevin Lowe 

A cornerstone of the dynastic Oilers’ backline, Kevin Lowe was a steady presence in Edmonton for nearly 15 full seasons. 

Known to modern fans as the team’s former head coach and general manager, Lowe has appeared in the most games for Edmonton of any player. He was the franchise’s first NHL draft pick and scored the team’s first goal. 

8. Connor McDavid

The modern face of the Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid has quickly become one of the greatest players in franchise history. Since being drafted first overall in 2015, McDavid has redefined what it means to be an offensive powerhouse. 

McDavid’s incredible ability to control the game, with breathtaking speed and extraordinary vision, has led to numerous personal accolades and reinvigorated the franchise. 

With three Hart Memorial Trophies and five Art Ross trophies already, he’s shown no signs of slowing down and is the Oilers’ best hope for further Stanley Cup glory. 

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Nick Holz

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Nick Holz is a content writer for BetMGM. Years of experience covering a wide range of sports from the gridiron glory of the NFL, to the Champions League final, and the trials and tribulations of Purdue basketball have given him a knack for unearthing insights that offer readers an edge in understanding the game. Nick has written for many online betting publications including Sports Betting Dime and OddsShark.

Nick Holz is a content writer for BetMGM. Years of experience covering a wide range of sports from the gridiron glory of the NFL, to the Champions League final, and the trials and tribulations of Purdue basketball have given him a knack for unearthing insights that offer readers an edge in understanding the game. Nick has written for many online betting publications including Sports Betting Dime and OddsShark.