5 Hockey Players who Played for Oilers and Rangers

My guess is you’ve searched this page out because you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.

If I’m right, that also means that today’s grid is asking for players who have played for both the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers.

And, I’m also guessing that you’re a little stuck on this particular square and you’re looking for a little help to keep your grid immaculate. Sound about right so far?

Well, good news, I’m here to help.

I’ve already done the research and have put together a list of well-known stars along with some more “under-the-radar” players that could land you a low rarity score.

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, often referred to as “The Great One,” is celebrated as possibly the greatest ice hockey player ever. Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL from 1979 to 1999 for four teams. He is the leading goal scorer, assist producer, and point scorer in NHL history, with more career assists than any other player has total points.

Remarkably, he is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in a season, a milestone he reached four times. He tallied over 100 points in 15 professional seasons, 13 of them consecutive. At his retirement, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular season, 15 playoff, and 6 All-Star records.

When the Oilers joined the NHL, he led the team to four Stanley Cup championships and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. This trade is credited with popularizing hockey in California. Gretzky also played for the St. Louis Blues and finished his career with the New York Rangers.

His accolades include nine Hart Trophies as the most valuable player, 10 Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season, two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP, and five Lester B. Pearson Awards. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame immediately after retiring, with the NHL retiring his jersey number 99 league-wide​​.

Gretzky Key Stats

  • Stanley Cup Champion (Oilers)
  • Hart Trophy (Oilers, Kings)
  • 1000+ Career Points (Oilers, Kings, Rangers, Blues)
  • 500+ Career Goals (Oilers, Kings, Rangers, Blues)
  • 100+ Point Season (Oilers, Kings)
  • 40+ Goal Season (Oilers, Kings)
  • 50+ Assist Season (Oilers, Kings, Rangers)

Mark Messier

Mark Messier was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd round, 48th overall, of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Messier is one of the most decorated NHL players in history.

He is a six-time Stanley Cup champion—five with the Edmonton Oilers and one with the New York Rangers. Messier is a 15-time All-Star and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player twice, in 1990 and 1992. His career stats are impressive, with 1,887 points, including 694 goals and 1,193 assists.

Known for his leadership, toughness, and clutch play, Messier is second only to Wayne Gretzky in playoff points and is one of the few players to have captained two different teams to Stanley Cup championships. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Messier Key Stats

  • Hall of Fame (Oilers, Rangers, Canucks)
  • All-Star (Oilers, Rangers, Canucks)
  • Stanley Cup Winner (Oilers, Rangers)
  • 1000+ Career Points (Oilers, Rangers, Canucks)
  • 500+ Career Goals (Oilers, Rangers, Canucks)
  • 100+ Point Season (Oilers, Rangers)
  • 40+ Goal Season (Oilers, Rangers)
  • 50+ Assist Season (Oilers, Rangers)

Adam Graves

Adam Graves began his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in the second round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. After a brief stint with the Red Wings, he played for the Edmonton Oilers, where he won a Stanley Cup in 1990.

However, it was with the Rangers that Graves truly made his mark. Joining the team in 1991, he became an integral part of their success during the early to mid-’90s. In the 1993-94 season, he set a then-Rangers’ record for goals in a single season (52) and helped lead the team to a Stanley Cup victory, ending a 54-year championship drought.

After leaving the Rangers, Graves finished his career with the San Jose Sharks, retiring after the 2002-03 season. In addition to his on-ice achievements, Graves was recognized for his charitable efforts, winning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions in 1994.

Graves Key Stats

  • All-Star (Rangers)
  • Stanley Cup Champ (Oilers, Rangers)
  • 40+ Goal Season (Rangers)

Anson Carter

Anson Carter is a former Canadian right winger. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 220th overall in the 10th round​​. Carter started his pro career in the 1996–97 season, initially playing for the Washington Capitals and their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, before being traded to the Boston Bruins in 1997​​.

Carter’s 10-year career included stops at 8 different teams. After several seasons with the Bruins, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he recorded career-highs in assists and points during his second season.

He was then traded to the New York Rangers in 2003, followed by a brief return to the Capitals and a subsequent trade to the LA Kings in 2004​​. In 2005, Carter signed with the Vancouver Canucks, leading the team in goals and earning the Canucks’ Most Exciting Player Award. He later played for the Blue Jackets and the Hurricanes​​​​.

Jason Strudwick

Jason Strudwick, a retired Canadian defenceman, was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round, 63rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1996​​. Strudwick’s career saw several team changes; he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 1998 and signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2002​​.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Strudwick played for Ferencvárosi TC in Hungary, before returning to the NHL with the New York Rangers for the 2005-06 season​​. He started the 2006-07 season with HC Lugano in Switzerland and then rejoined the Rangers, where he played until 2008.

Strudwick signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2008, re-signing with them for consecutive seasons until 2011.

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