The best Oiler goalies of all time

It’s been over a month and somehow I haven’t written about my sporting roots yet and I’m not talking CFL.  The sport I followed the most as a kid was hockey.  I loved the pace of the game. It was so fast and wide open and there was so much scoring.  I remember being at recess in elementary school and that’s what the kids would talk about.  Most of my friends were die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fans and would try and convince me to cheer for them.  If they weren’t Leafs fans they routed for the Montreal Canadiens.  Those two teams would have been more simple to cheer for because they played in our time zone but that’s not who my Dad was a fan of so I wasn’t either.  My dad loved the Edmonton Oilers and I did too.  Lucky for us the Oilers were great.  They were so young and exciting.  Not to mention the fact that glen Sather was a genius.  He was able to groom a bunch of young kids into a Stanley Cup contender and then Champion almost overnight.  With that being said I am going to look back and rank the greatest Oilers of all time. It will be separated into three parts, the goalies, the defensemen and the forwards.

Part One: the goalies

10.  Nikolai Khabibulin- Khabibulin was a fantastic goaltender in his prime.  He wasn’t an Oiler through that stretch of his career but has still been very effective in Edmonton.  Although his record doesn’t show it, Khabibulin was a key stop gap during Edmonton’s rebuilding process.

9.  Eddie Mio- Mio was Edmonton’s starting goalie during their transition from the WHL to the NHL.  Although he only started for two years he played good enough in net for the Oilers to be competitive only losing three more games than he won during that time.

8.  Mathieu Garon- Garon only started one season in Edmonton but was solid enough to make the list.  He had a record of 26 wins, 18 losses in 2007-2008 but the Oilers still missed the playoffs.

7.  Devan Dubnyk- Dubnyk is the starting goalie of the Oilers in the present and from the looks of it, a long time into the future.  In his four seasons so far as an Oiler, Dubnyk has back stopped 50 wins with a goals against average of under three and six shutouts.

6.  Curtis Joseph- Joseph played three seasons in Edmonton and led the Oilers to the playoffs his last two years.  He was fourth in the NHL in each of those years in shutouts and had a goals against average of under three.

5.  Dwayne Roloson- Roloson spent a little more than three seasons as the starter in Edmonton.  During his time he finished under a .500 winning percentage but lands so high on this list because of his play during the 2006 playoffs.  Roloson led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals that season with his stellar play.

4.  Bill Ranford- Ranford spent parts of 10 seasons in Edmonton and back stopped the Oilers to their last Stanley Cup trophy in 1989-1990.  Ranford won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year as the most valuable player of the playoffs.  During his time in Edmonton, Ranford played in an all-star game and won more than 160 games.

3.  Tommy Salo- Salo Played for the Oilers from 1998 thru 2004.  During his five plus seasons in Edmonton Salo played in two all-star games and had 23 shutouts while leading the Oilers to the playoffs four straight years.

2.  Andy Moog- Moog was drafted by Edmonton and spent his first seven seasons as an Oiler.  Moog only played in 235 games as an Oiler because every team played two goalies but he made the most of his time on the ice.  While splitting time, Moog won 143 games and lost only 53 times.  Moog won three Stanley Cups and made two all-star games as well.

1.  Grant Fuhr- Fuhr is one of the best goalies in NHL history.  He spent 10 seasons as an Oiler after being drafted in the first round of the 1981 NHL draft, making six all-star games.  Fuhr won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie in the 1987-1988 season and helped Edmonton win four Stanley Cups.  During his time in Edmonton Fuhr also registered an amazing 36 regular season assists and another 12 in the playoffs.

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