Edmonton Oilers, Canadian expert ice hockey group situated in Edmonton, Alberta, that plays in the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). In spite of the fact that a moderately new group, the Oilers experienced much achievement, for the most part due to Hall of Fame focus Wayne Gretzky, seen by numerous individuals as the best hockey player ever. The Oilers have won five Stanley Cups and seven meeting titles.
The Oilers were established in 1972 as one of the first establishments of the World Hockey Association (WHA), a North American expert hockey alliance that was set up as a contender of the NHL. In 1978 the Oilers gained Gretzky from the monetarily battling Indianapolis Racers, establishing the framework for the Oilers' strength during the 1980s. The Oilers were one of four WHA groups that joined the NHL in 1979 when the WHA collapsed. Edmonton rapidly had an effect, fitting the bill for the play-offs in their first year in the NHL. The Oilers progressed to the Stanley Cup finals in the 1982–83 season behind the play of Gretzky and a stacked group that highlighted future Hall of Fame individuals Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey. They won their first Stanley Cup the accompanying season and rehashed the accomplishment in the 1984–85 season. Edmonton won consecutive Stanley Cups again in 1986–87 and 1987–88. At the end of the 1987–88 season, the Oilers stunned the hockey world by exchanging national symbol Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.
The 1989–90 season saw Messier lead the Oilers to one more Stanley Cup, demonstrating the group could be incredible without Gretzky. The victor Oilers squad dismantled throughout the following couple of seasons, strikingly with Messier being exchanged to the New York Rangers in 1991. Edmonton experienced disappointment blended with progress all through the 1990s and was unfit to restore itself as a world class group. In the 2005–06 postseason, the Oilers—who entered the play-offs as the eighth and most reduced seed in the Western Conference—won in a progression of bombshells and progressed to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in a sensational seventh game. The Oilers at that point went into a drawn out time of pointlessness that saw the group complete in either last or second to last place in its division in each period of a play-off dry spell that stretched out to a club-record five years in 2010–11. A silver covering of that downturn was that the club earned three back to back first generally speaking picks in the NHL draft from 2010 to 2012, however the mixture of youthful ability had minimal prompt effect on Edmonton, as the group proceeded with its dash of missing the postseason through the 2015–16 season.
The Oilers at last broke out in the 2016–17 season, winning 47 recreations—the most successes for the establishment since the 1986–87 season—behind the solid play of focus Connor McDavid, the 2015 first generally draft pick. Edmonton's amazing season finished with a misfortune in a seven-game second-round postseason arrangement to the Anaheim Ducks. Be that as it may, the Oilers relapsed in 2017–18, completing the season with a losing record and neglecting to progress to the play-offs.