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11-12-2012, 11:14 PM
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Adam Oates and his season as an Oiler

Today, Adam Oates was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. History says he was a great player, but it will likely -- and fairly -- forget to mention that he finished his excellent career with the Edmonton Oilers. Unfortunately, his finale coincided with the beginning and end of the last lockout.

I was an Oiler fan back then, but I can't say I remember much about his play or contribution to the team.

From Hockey DB, his statline reads:

2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 2 16 18 8 0 (GP G A P PIM +/-)

Clearly, Oates was just a shadow of his former production in his one season wearing Copper and Blue, but his contributions would surely be felt by the young squad down the line.

When the lockout ended and the play resumed the following year, the Oilers enjoyed breakout seasons from centres Shawn Horcoff and Jarret Stoll. Much of the players' newly-found success was found in the face off circle, an area of the game in which Oates was served as a crucial mentor.

This is as far as I go.

What do you remember about Adam Oates as an Edmonton Oiler? (Good, bad, ugly?)

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