NHL Rankings: The Five Worst Franchises

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NHL Rankings: The Five Worst Franchises
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From the GM and players to the coaches and scouts, every member of an organization has a job to ensure both short and long-term success.

Winning is a business in the NHL, and like any business, you have to be better than your competition.

Here's a look at the NHL's most poorly managed franchises based on 4 factors:

Draft History - Many bottom-feeder clubs have tremendous access to young talent and skill, but are unable to realize its potential. Some teams just pick the wrong players, while others have mismanaged and poorly developed promising stars.

Coaching - As an intermediary between management and players, the head coach is one of the most important positions on the team. A head coach is expected to manage his players effectively, keeping their confidence up during droughts and grounding them during the good times. Has management hired someone who reaps the most out of his players? 

Squad - An evaluation of a team's roster. Well past the half-way point in the season, the playoff picture is beginning to take form. There are several likely reasons a team falls short of making the post-season, most of which is a poor squad. Has management signed star players? Is there solid depth throughout the lineup?

Fanbase - Fans bring money to the organization. Without ticket and merchandise sales, the team wouldn't exist. Many teams struggle, especially in traditional non-hockey markets, to attract fans and bring in revenue. Has ownership taken the necessary steps to build bridges with the area?

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