Last year I took a look at the best and worst franchises in NHL history, split across two posts. This year, on the eve of the 2014-15 season, I'm making it easier for you, dear reader, to quickly learn the truth about all 30 National Hockey League teams in one handy list. (Don’t forget to check out all my other fantastic sports lists as well.) I didn’t see the need to introduce any major changes to my calculation system. However, I did go back and correct some minor data entry errors I discovered from the previous year. None of this had a noticeable impact on the rankings, so fret not. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a Stanley Cup championship (or an NHL title prior to 1927), and 15 points for a Stanley Cup Finals loss. 2 points for a p
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are about ready to start, so I thought I'd provide a brief update on where my official ranking of the all-time best and worst NHL franchises stands. First, I should note that the rankings have changed a bit since I published my lists last year. I went back and tweaked the formulas a bit, and also corrected some data entry errors. So the revised list for the conclusion of the 2012-13 season looks like this -- 1. Canadiens, 2. Flyers, 3. Bruins, 4. Red Wings, 5. Oilers, 6. Devils, 7. Islanders, 8. Avalanche, 9. Senators, 10. Maple Leafs. Sorry Dallas, you got bumped. The Best With the revised top 10 in mind, there are some changes coming on the next list. Already I can tell you that there is a switch at the #10 position, and we will be saying goodbye to t...
The National Hockey League gets a bad rep for allowing so many teams to qualify for the playoffs, but the thing is this -- it's still really, really hard to make it through the playoffs and all the way to a Stanley Cup title. That's especially true for these ten franchises, each of which has not taken home Lord Stanley's trophy in a long, long time (some of them never). The season drought totals below are correct as of the start of the NHL's 2014-15 Stanley Cup playoffs. (See also: The 10 longest title droughts in NBA history.) #10. San Jose Sharks (22 seasons) The Sharks joined the NHL one season before the Senators, and have yet to even make it to the Cup Finals. The closest they've come was in 2003-04, when they lost the Western Conference Finals in six games to the Calgary
I had so much fun compiling my rankings of all 32 NFL franchises, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for the other major sports leagues. And since the 2013-14 NHL season starts tonight, it only seems right to tackle some hockey rankings. I ran my 10 Worst NHL franchises list last week, so feel free to check that out and then come back to read this. All set? Good! Before we begin, a quick word on the methodology used for my ranking of the 10 best NHL franchises. Similar to my NFL list, I’ve ranked all 30 NHL franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence — not counting the lockout season of 2004-05 — and ordered by that. The Criteria T