Edmonton Oilers Puckdoku Cheat Sheet
By Cam Lewis1 month ago
Puckdoku fever has swept the hockey world this summer.
A hockey version of baseball’s Immaculate Grid, Puckdoku tasks users with filling a three-by-three grid with players who match two different categories. The game tests a fan’s ability to dig deep into their memory and find a player who suited up for two different teams.
It’s not always an easy task to remember who played for who, so I’ll help refresh your memory with at least one Edmonton Oiler who suited up for each of the other 31 teams in the league at some point in their career. I’ll try to make some of them as obscure as possible to help your score as well.
Anaheim Ducks: Let’s start with the one-year wonder, Chris Pronger. He demanded a trade after the Game 7 loss to Carolina in 2006 and went to the Ducks for Ladislav Smid, Joffrey Lupul, and picks.
Arizona Coyotes: Who other than Schmiddy himself? Mike Smith helped both the Coyotes and Oilers to the Western Conference Final but never won the Stanley Cup.
Boston Bruins: Ahead of the 2006 trade deadline, the Bruins traded Sergei Samsonov to the Oilers for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, and a draft pick that they used on Milan Lucic.
Buffalo Sabres: Why he was an Oiler for only one season will forever be a head-scratcher, as Jochen Hecht scored 345 points in 613 games after being dealt to Buffalo.
Calgary Flames: His best seasons came with the Flames, but Kent Nilsson won his only Stanley Cup with the Oilers.
Carolina Hurricanes: These two teams have linked up on a few trades in recent years, but remember when the Hurricanes grabbed Edmonton’s third-string goalie, Anton Forsberg, off of waivers?
Chicago Blackhawks: Years before they got Duncan Keith, the Oilers acquired Stanley Cup pedigree from the Blackhawks in the form of Colin Fraser.
Colorado Avalanche: Everybody hoped that he would return in the off-season, but Ryan Smyth signed with the Avs.
Columbus Blue Jackets: It’s a shame they didn’t sign him, because getting Curtin Glencross for Dick Tarnstrom was a coup.
Dallas Stars: Arguably the most iconic Oilers goal from the 1990s came in overtime with Andy Moog between the pipes for Dallas.
Detroit Red Wings: There was one former Oiler on Detroit’s 2008 Stanley Cup team, Dan Cleary.
Florida Panthers: Right after the Oilers put him on waivers, Ray Whitney broke out with 33 goals with the Panthers.
Los Angeles Kings: By the time he reached Edmonton late in his career, Eric Belanger wasn’t the two-way gem he used to be.
Minnesota Wild: The biggest move the Oilers made at the 2006 trade deadline was getting Dwayne Roloson.
Montreal Canadiens: Another one-year wonder in Edmonton was Vincent Damphousse, who helped the Habs win the Stanley Cup immediately after the Oilers traded him.
Nashville Predators: When the Oilers traded Greg de Vries and Drake Berehowsky to Nashville, who did they get back?
New Jersey Devils: Well, it was 1995 Stanley Cup Champion Jim Dowd of course!
New York Islanders: I should have mentioned Miroslav Satan earlier with Buffalo, so I’ll slide him in here instead.
New York Rangers: Though he never suited up for the Oilers, the Rangers once dealt Brian Leetch to the Oilers for Jussi Markkanen.
Ottawa Senators: The closest Mike Comrie ever came to the Stanley Cup was with Ottawa in 2007.
Philadelphia Flyers: After the Oilers opted to let him walk, the Flyers signed Luke Richardson in free agency.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Following a solid season with the Oilers, Petr Sykora left and won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins.
San Jose Sharks: After spending most of his career in San Jose, Jason Demers suited up for his 700th NHL game with the Oilers.
Seattle Kraken: The inaugural Kraken squad in 2021-22 featured multiple former Oilers, including Riley Sheahan.
St. Louis Blues: One of the best moves the Oilers made in the 1990s was when they acquired Curtis Joseph from the Blues.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Another one was when the Oilers sent off a pair of first-round busts to the Lightning for former first-overall pick Roman Hamrlik.
Toronto Maple Leafs: His best years were spent elsewhere, but Martin Gerber suited up for both the Oilers and Leafs.
Vancouver Canucks: I’ll take this opportunity to remind any Canucks fan who might be reading this about the Mark Messier era in Vancouver.
Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights’ expansion draft pick from Edmonton never suited up for the team, but former Oiler David Perron did.
Washington Capitals: He didn’t have much left in the tank when he reached Edmonton, but Adam Oates led the NHL in assists with the Capitals at the ages of 38 and 39.
Winnipeg Jets: One of the few remaining Atlanta Thrashers in the league is Evander Kane.
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