12 Days Until The Season Begins

Cam Lewis
8 months ago
Throughout the summer and into the fall, we’ll be counting down the days until the Edmonton Oilers begin their 2023-24 season with a daily trip down memory lane. Today at No. 12 we have Jimmy Carson, the big name coming back to Edmonton in the Wayne Gretzky trade.
The L.A. Kings selected Carson with the second overall pick in the 1986 draft following a season in which he scored 153 points over 69 games in the QMJHL for the Verdun Junior Canadiens. Carson scored 79 points as a rookie for the Kings in 1986-87 and then broke out with 55 goals and 102 points in 1987-88, becoming just the second teenager in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season.
A few months after that, Carson was among the players the Kings sent to the Oilers in exchange for Gretzky, the other player who had accomplished the feat. Going to Edmonton along with Carson was recently drafted prospect Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks, and $15 million in cash.

Edmonton Journal Newspaper Clipping From August 10, 1988.

Carson had massive shoes to fill and he delivered admirably in his first season in Edmonton, as he led the Oilers with 49 goals and finished second in scoring with 100 points. Come playoff time, Gretzky’s Kings took down the Oilers in the first round despite Edmonton getting out to a 3-1 series lead.
Carson would play just four games for the Oilers in 1989-90 before requesting a trade. The Oilers granted his wish in November when he was traded to his hometown Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Joe Murphy, who was the first-overall pick ahead of him in the 1986 draft, Adam Graves, and Petr Klima.
The Oilers went on to win the 1990 Stanley Cup, their first and only without Gretzky, and all of Murphy, Klima, and Graves played key roles on the team. Carson spent parts of four seasons with the Red Wings and got traded back to Los Angeles during the 1992-93 season, where he helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final.
Carson made stops with the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1996. All told, Carson played 626 games in the NHL and scored 275 goals and 561 points.


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