Photos: Great Oilers rookies

 

As Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz continue to shine during this shortened 2013 NHL season, here is a look at some of the greatest Oilers rookies that have ever graced the Edmonton roster.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz and forward Nail Yakupov are shown in this Oilers illustration.</div>
 

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz and forward Nail Yakupov are shown in this Oilers illustration.

Photograph by: Jason Franson, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
<div id="page1">Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz and forward Nail Yakupov are shown in this Oilers illustration.</div>
Jari Kurri, a.k.a. the Finnish Flash, notched 75 points, 32 of them goals, in 75 games for the Edmonton Oilers in his rookie NHL campaign, 1980-81.
Glenn Anderson, at right celebrating the Edmonton Oilers' 1990 Stanley Cup win with team owner Peter Pocklington, turned in a solid rookie campaign for the club in 1980-81, scoring 30 goals nd 53 points in 58 games. The Oilers' fourth-round draft pick in 1979 hit 38 goals and 105 points the next season (1981-82) en route to a Hockey Hall of Fame career that saw him finish two goals shy of 500.
The Edmonton Oilers' first-round draft pick, eighth overall, in 1981 turned out to be a dandy: goalie Grant Fuhr. The Spruce Grove native lost his first start - 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 14, 1981 - but he wouldn't lose again until January, and he ended the season with a 28-5-14 record to go with a 3.31 goals-against average.
Jason Arnott, shown here during his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers, set the club record for goals by a rookie in that campaign, 1993-94, with 33. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, seventh overall, in 1993. He finished the 1993-94 season with 68 points and was runner-up to New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur as NHL rookie of the year.
Nugent-Hopkins, right, was the Edmonton Oilers' top pick in the 2011 draft, first overall, and he made an immediate impact on the team the following season as an 18-year-old rookie. Despite missing 20 games in 2011-12, Nugent-Hopkins tied Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog for most points by a rookie (54) that campaign. 'The Nuge' was a Calder Trophy finalist for NHL rookie of the year but lost out to Landeskog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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