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Top 100 Oilers: Doug Weight (10)

Doug Weight was always one of the most honest and candid players I came across during all my years covering the Edmonton Oilers. That said, it’s not surprising that the future captain of the Oilers admitted after being acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1993 that, at the time, he probably couldn’t find Edmonton on a map if he tried.

It’s somewhat ironic, then, that by the time Weight was traded to St. Louis on Canada Day 2001 with the Oilers unable to afford him, Edmonton was home and where his heart was. He’d left a significant mark on the town that the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and other Oiler greats had put on the NHL map in the 1980s. Weight, a native of Warren, Michigan, loved playing in Edmonton and Edmonton had adopted him as one of its own. 

Doug Weight

Center
Born Jan 21 1971 — Detroit, MI
Height 5.11 — Weight 200 [180 cm/91 kg]

Drafted by New York Rangers

Round 2 #34 overall 1990 NHL Entry Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S

S%

TOI

ATOI

1991-92

21

NYR

53

8

22

30

-3

23

72

11.1

1992-93

22

TOT

78

17

31

48

2

65

125

13.6

1992-93

22

NYR

65

15

25

40

4

55

90

16.7

1992-93

22

EDM

13

2

6

8

-2

10

35

5.7

1993-94

23

EDM

84

24

50

74

-22

47

188

12.8

1994-95

24

EDM

48

7

33

40

-17

69

104

6.7

1995-96

25

EDM

82

25

79

104

-19

95

204

12.3

1996-97

26

EDM

80

21

61

82

1

80

235

8.9

1997-98

27

EDM

79

26

44

70

1

69

205

12.7

1998-99

28

EDM

43

6

31

37

-8

12

79

7.6

854

19:51

1999-00

29

EDM

77

21

51

72

6

54

167

12.6

1585

20:35

2000-01

30

EDM

82

25

65

90

12

91

188

13.3

1815

22:08

2001-02

31

STL

61

15

34

49

20

40

131

11.5

1208

19:48

2002-03

32

STL

70

15

52

67

-6

52

182

8.2

1426

20:23

2003-04

33

STL

75

14

51

65

-3

37

198

7.1

1532

20:25

2005-06

35

TOT

70

15

42

57

-17

75

175

8.6

1452

20:44

2005-06

35

STL

47

11

33

44

-11

50

123

8.9

1048

22:17

2005-06

35

CAR

23

4

9

13

-6

25

52

7.7

404

17:35

2006-07

36

STL

82

16

43

59

10

56

123

13.0

1500

18:17

2007-08

37

TOT

67

10

15

25

4

32

96

10.4

979

14:37

2007-08

37

STL

29

4

7

11

4

12

47

8.5

469

16:11

2007-08

37

ANA

38

6

8

14

0

20

49

12.2

510

13:25

2008-09

38

NYI

53

10

28

38

-15

55

96

10.4

969

18:17

2009-10

39

NYI

36

1

16

17

-1

8

61

1.6

570

15:51

2010-11

40

NYI

18

2

7

9

-3

10

26

7.7

315

17:32

9 yrs EDM

588

157

420

577

-48

527

1405

11.2

4254

21:03

6 yrs STL

364

75

220

295

14

247

804

9.3

7183

19:44

3 yrs NYI

107

13

51

64

-19

73

183

7.1

1855

17:20

2 yrs NYR

118

23

47

70

1

78

162

14.2

1 yr ANA

38

6

8

14

0

20

49

12.2

510

13:25

1 yr CAR

23

4

9

13

-6

25

52

7.7

404

17:35

Career

1238

278

755

1033

-58

970

2655

10.5

14205

19:21

PLAYOFFS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S

S%

TOI

ATOI

1990-91

20

NYR

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1991-92

21

NYR

7

2

2

4

3

0

4

50.0

1996-97

26

EDM

12

3

8

11

0

8

54

5.6

1997-98

27

EDM

12

2

7

9

-4

14

26

7.7

1998-99

28

EDM

4

1

1

2

-3

15

4

25.0

59

14:43

1999-00

29

EDM

5

3

2

5

-3

4

8

37.5

105

21:05

2000-01

30

EDM

6

1

5

6

0

17

18

5.6

136

22:45

2001-02

31

STL

10

1

1

2

0

4

22

4.5

164

16:26

2002-03

32

STL

7

5

8

13

0

2

18

27.8

157

22:26

2003-04

33

STL

5

2

1

3

-4

6

14

14.3

97

19:24

2005-06

35

CAR

23

3

13

16

-3

20

35

8.6

355

15:27

2007-08

37

ANA

5

0

1

1

1

4

2

0.0

38

7:39

Career

97

23

49

72

-13

94

205

11.2

1113

17:07

NOTABLE

“I didn’t know much about Edmonton, didn’t know where it was on the map to be honest with you,” said Weight, who was just 22 when he was acquired from the Rangers for Esa Tikkanen. “Glen Sather, Ron Low, the organization, they put pressure on me, they challenged me, they made me a better player, made me compete, made me a leader, and for that I thank them.”

With the Dynasty Days of the Oilers done and most of the Boys on the Bus traded away or sold by owner Peter Pocklington, Weight and younger, cheaper players like him – Jason Arnott, Zdeno Ciger, Dean McAmmond and Kirk Maltby – were supposed to be the new core of the five-time Stanly Cup champions. It didn’t take Weight long to establish himself as the Oilers’ marquee guy. He had 104 points in 1995-96. Weight was named team captain, taking over from popular Kelly Buchberger, in 1999.

During his nine-year tenure in Edmonton, the final two as captain, Weight led the Oilers to five consecutive playoff berths, including what became an annual spring rite – showdowns with the Dallas Stars. During the back-half of that stretch Weight was Edmonton’s best player, the highlight reel guy on a team that always found itself battling in the middle of the pack instead of running out front like in the glory days. Highlights? Just a few.

THE STORY

Remember Weight’s goal against the Calgary Flames? That’s here. How about Weight starting the play on Todd Marchant’s overtime goal in a stunning first-round upset of the Stars in 1997? That’s  here. You can see a clip of Weight’s career highlights from his U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction here. In between, Weight’s best years in a career that spanned 1,238 games came with the Oilers – not counting, ahem, that 2006 Stanley Cup win as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Let’s move on . . .

Weight never wanted to leave Edmonton, but as was the case with so many players in the era when Pocklington’s financial house of cards was exposed, the Oilers could no longer afford to keep him. Weight had made $4.3 million for two consecutive seasons and was due for a raise. GM Kevin Lowe knew there was no way he could give Weight market value – Lowe was right as Weight’s salary doubled with the Blues. Like that, Weight, seen by many along with Ryan Smyth as the greatest post-dynasty Oilers until the arrival of Connor McDavid, was gone.

“It was really, really difficult when I got traded,” Weight said. “I remember Kevin Lowe, when we talked in the summer. He pretty much let me know and explained to me that it was going to be hard to give me what everybody was being paid. Still, when the trade happened, it was just really tough on me. I didn’t look forward to anything for a while. I knew I was going to miss the Edmonton culture. It was hard. Edmonton was everything you could want in a city and an organization.” Likewise, Weight, the young man who couldn’t find Edmonton with a map when he arrived, had been everything this city could want in a player by the time he left.

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.

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  • Ready to Win

    Loved Doug Weight. The Doug Weight trade was when I started to dislike Kevin Lowe, mostly because just a few months earlier he had claimed that by trading Bill Guerin the Oilers would be able to afford Weight.

  • WhoreableGuy

    My favourite Edmonton Oiler of ALL-TIME.

    The way he led the mid to late 90’s Oiler teams with 1/4 of the payroll was epic.

    There is a large group of Oiler fans like myself that don’t remember the 80’s much but the Doug Weight era was a huge part of their childhood growing up.

  • McRaj

    Looking at his plus minus number, assuming his goals for number would be similar. I am thinking the advanced stats crowd would not have liked him back then. One heck of a player. Does anyone have the link to his retirement press conference? He said a few good things about Edmonton and the Oilers but I have never been able to find a link to re-watch it.

  • MacT's Neglected Helmet

    Dougie.

    For many of us “80s kids” (I was born in 1983), Doug Weight epitomizes the Edmonton Oilers of our youth. He epitomizes that moment when we became Edmonton Oilers fans not just because we lived in Edmonton or we inherited our fandom from older family members. No, we became Edmonton Oilers fans because we enjoyed cheering for a scrappy team of underdogs, the Little Engine that Could, blah blah blah. Dougie epitomizes that more than any other player.

    I appreciate the greatness of the Boys on the Bus (Gretz, Mess, Jarri, Coffee, etc.) and I’m sure Robin will talk about them in his Top 10. But I was too young to appreciate them. And great things await McDavid, but it’s little different being a fan now that I’m an adult. The 2006 team (Pronger!) deserves mention, but it was so short-lived and ended so abruptly that I’m still not sure what to think of it. That’s one of the reasons why Smytty imo doesn’t evoke the same warm nostalgia that Dougie does.

    McDavid is my current favourite Oiler. Gretz is certainly the best of all time. But Dougie is probably why I’m (still) an Oilers fan.

  • Homer

    I’m old enough to have watched every NHL Oilers game and Dougie is my fav!! He stayed here way longer then he had to playing for less money then he deserved. Class act all the way and wish him nothing but success with the NYI

  • Garnett

    The reason I’m an Oiler fan. Doug Weight. Talked the talk and walked the walk. I was also born in 83′ and miss the cup days, so for me he was it. As I get older I couldn’t be more thankfull that he was my hockey hero. Not just as a player put as a person. Just a good quality human being.

  • Frank Rizza

    I’m 38 years old and only really remember the 1988 and 1990 cups so Dougie “was” the Oilers to me most of my teenage life. I was in the building when he scored his 100th point in 95 against the leafs and it’s still one of my best memories. I remember drinking with him one night at cowboys and him even helping me “close a deal” with a young lady by telling her that I just got called up from the minors and was gonna be a star… what a night that was!

    Dougie is my favourite Oiler of all time and the Islanders have just become my second favourite NHL team.

  • Rama Lama

    Totally agree with Doug Weight being in the top ten! The one goal that I remember well is one you choose against Calgary……..it was a thing of beauty. This goal has to be in the top ten highlight reel goals of Oilers history.