In an era when many people get a good chunk of their information from media outlets that seem as interested in celebrity as in actual news, Jarret Stoll has probably been as well-known these last few years for all the hot women’s he’s dated and for getting arrested for drug possession as he has for playing hockey.

That is what it is, as the saying goes, but when I take a look at Stoll’s time with the Edmonton Oilers, a tenure than spanned 286 games over parts of five seasons, I see a young, versatile role player who was traded away by the Oilers just as he was entering his prime seasons as an NHL centre – the kind of player this team as too often been without since.

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Jarret Stoll

Center — shoots R

Born Jun 24 1982 — Melville, SASK  

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Drafted by Calgary Flames

Round 2 #46 overall 2000 NHL Entry Draft

Drafted by Edmonton Oilers

Round 2 #36 overall 2002 NHL Entry Draft


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -3
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 76 21 33 54 86 15 23 5 8 13 25
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 10 11 21 42 8
2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 66 21 17 38 92 13
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 22 46 68 74 4 24 4 6 10 24
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 13 26 39 48 2
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 14 22 36 74 -23
2008-09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 18 23 41 68 -7
2009-10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 16 31 47 40 13 6 1 0 1 4
2010-11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 20 23 43 42 -6 5 0 3 3 0
2011-12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 6 15 21 60 2 20 2 3 5 18
2012-13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 7 11 18 28 1 12 0 1 1 4
2013-14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 8 19 27 48 9 26 3 3 6 18
2014-15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 6 11 17 58 3
2015-16 New York Rangers NHL 29 1 2 3 20 3
2015-16 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 3 3 6 16 -4 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 872 144 244 388 618 97 10 16 26 72


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I’m not going to get into Stoll’s life off the ice – other than to acknowledge that in the summer of 2014 as a member of the Los Angeles Kings he was charged with possession of cocaine and ecstasy In Las Vegas and later plead to two reduced misdemeanor charges – because I’m putting together a list of the Top 100 Oilers, not the Top 100 Choir Boys.

If off-ice issues carried as much weight as actually playing the games for me, there are some players far higher up the list who’d get knocked down a notch or two based on what happened away from the rink, so let’s just leave that there.

I was working the hockey beat when Stoll first arrived from the Kootenay Ice for the 2002-03 season, Originally selected by the Calgary Flames 46th overall in the 2000 Entry Draft, Stoll didn’t sign and re-entered the draft in 2002. He was taken 36th overall by the Oilers. Stoll hadn’t put up huge numbers the season before the Oilers took him (66 points in 47 games) and he wasn’t particularly fast. Stoll had a quirky stride. I remember thinking taking him that high was a bit of a reach. 


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What Stoll did bring was the ability to play a two-way game and kill penalties, a booming right-handed shot on the power play and a knack for winning face-offs, which he’s done at a 55 per cent clip in a career that’s now approaching 900 games. Stoll was versatile and gave coach Craig MacTavish a lot of options.

Stoll scored 22-46-68 in the Stanley Cup run season of 2005-06, leaving him third on the team behind Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. Eleven of Stoll’s goals came on the power play. That was Stoll’s high-water mark with the Oilers. He’d miss a big chunk of the 2006-07 season with post-concussion symptoms and his performance slipped in 2007-08 (14-22-36 in 81 games). The following summer, Stoll was dealt to Los Angeles, along with Matt Greene, for Lubomir Visnovsky. He won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Two highlights of Stoll’s time with the Oilers stand out for me. First, his game-winner in overtime of Game 3 against Detroit in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. The second is January 2007 against Dallas on the missed open-net shot by Patrik Stefan, when Stoll started the play with a pass up ice that resulted in Hemsky tying the game 5-5 with 2.1 seconds remaining.

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This series will look at the top 100 Edmonton Oilers from the NHL era 1979-80 to 2014-15, starting with 100 and working up. 

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260.


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  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    yup, it’s a shame that a concussion seemed to have affected him offensively to the point that the Oilers felt he was expendable. i really wonder how well he would have continued to play for us over the years had he not been concussed?

    of course with the Old Boys Club in charge, no player or coach was ever safe from being let go. that’s what happens when you are incompetent and don’t know how to properly rebuild a team despite having 6 rings and knowing a few things about winning.

    • The Oilers guessed wrong on the long-term effects of the concussions, but there was reason for concern at the time.

      Stoll really struggled after a nothing hit — I believe it was by Sammy Pahlsson — put him out long-term after he’d initially taken a headshot a few games before.

    • Morgo_82

      Remember his wicked slapper from the hash marks on the power play? Was almost a guaranteed goal every time, just like Studly Wonderbomb’s howitzer from the point.

  • Alex87

    Bad trade in hindsight, but worth remembering that Visnovsky at the time was an excellent NHL defenseman. Not on the level of a Pronger or a Lidstrom at the time, but maybe a solid notch below.

  • Am I right?

    From what I recall, we drafted Mathew Lombardi in 2000, he refused to sign with Oilers. Calgary drafted Stoll in 2000, he refused to sign with Calgary (smart).

    The 2002 draft, we select Stoll, Calgary picks Lombardi.

    True story from a mind that doesn’t know the difference.

  • ubermiguel

    For years we lacked defensive centres that could win faceoffs. I don’t know how many times after 2008 I said “we could sure use a guy like Jarret Stoll.” He was a very important part of those Cup teams in LA on and off the ice. By all accounts he was great at bringing the team together. He reminds me of those guys on any team that are super-fun, throw team parties, are always joking around and maybe imbibe a bit more than they should.

  • Gerald R. Ford

    That trade is a really good reminder (especially in light of what lies ahead for Chiarelli in the next few months) of why you have to be equally mindful of what you’re giving up, and not just of what you’re getting. Visnovsky was a productive player, and a decent return, but Stoll and Greene were salt-of-the-earth, meat and potatoes, solid, reliable, grunts who did more things to help the team win. That was really a “robbing Peter to pay Paul” scenario, and then you realize that Peter didn’t have as much in his wallet as you thought, anyway.

    I miss Stollie.

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      yes, but Stoll hadn’t been the same since his concussion and couldn’t score anymore and Greene was hit and miss defensively. the bigger problem was that the Oilers were just unable to find similar players to replace them so they were sorely missed.