Flame has outscored entire Oilers team
WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
One thousand points is a lot.
Just ask the current no-name edition of the Edmonton Oilers.
Unless captain Shawn Horcoff is finally able to return from a cracked ankle bone and skate in Wednesday’s Battle of Alberta, the Oilers will arrive at the Saddledome with fewer points between them than Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla has on his personal resume.
“You realize how tough it is to create offence in this league, and for him to get 1,000 points is pretty unbelievable, when you think about it,” said Flames rookie winger Lance Bouma. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often, so to get to be a part of it, it’s pretty cool.”
Iginla will be saluted prior to Wednesday’s contest for hitting the 1,000-point milestone last Friday in St. Louis, becoming just the 77th sniper in NHL history to join the prestigious club.
The closest healthy member of the Oilers is centre Andrew Cogliano, who entered Tuesday’s action with 145 points in four big-league seasons.
In fact, the dozen forwards that suited up for the Oilers in Tuesday’s showdown with the Vancouver Canucks — a group that included six rookies and a usual blueliner — had chalked up just 402 career points in their NHL careers.
Add the tallies from their defence corps, and Edmonton’s total is up to 807 points, a mark that Iginla surpassed right around Christmas of 2008.