| Ryan Smyth recorded 23 goals & 47 points last season with Los Angeles (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club) |
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired left-winger Ryan Smyth
from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for centre Colin Fraser and a 7th round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Smyth finished his second season with the Los Angeles Kings appearing in all 82 games collecting 47 points (23G, 24A) and 35 penalty minutes.
Smyth, a fan favourite while playing with the Oilers from 1995 to 2007, made his NHL debut on January 22, 1995 at Los Angeles. The 2000-01 season was Smyth’s most productive offensively as he scored 31 goals and added 39 assists for 70 points.
The gritty winger also helped lead Edmonton to Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006 where he had16 points (7G, 9A) in 24 games. In 93 career NHL playoff games he has 59 points (28G, 31A).
Smyth debuted with Hockey Canada with the country's under-20 team at the 1995 World Junior Championship in Red Deer, Alberta. He recorded two goals and seven points as Canada went undefeated in seven games to win the gold medal. Four years later, Smyth was chosen to the Canada's men's team for the 1999 IIHF World Championship in Norway.
Smyth, nicknamed “Captain Canada”, was part of Team Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also won gold for Team Canada at the 2003 World Championship in Finland, the 2004 World Championship in the Czech Republic, the 2004 World Cup in Canada and a silver medal in the 2005 World Championship in Austria.
After three season with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League, Smyth was selected 6th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton.Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, Cenovus Energy and Ford.