NHL Power Rankings: Ranking the 30 Team Jerseys
There are a few new logos and jerseys in the NHL this season, highlighted of course by the new Winnipeg Jets logo and jerseys.
Some of the NHL jerseys are very nice. Others? Not so much.
Let's re-rank the jerseys to include the new additions for the 2011-12 NHL season. Here are the rankings of the current home jerseys of each NHL team.
NOTE: These are my personal opinions; I'm sure there will be varying opinions.
30. Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild are a fine franchise and I like their log in accordance with their team nickname.
However, I'm not a fan of their red home jerseys.
People usually associate red and green with Christmas; happy times and time for celebration. There is nothing to celebrate about the Wild's home jersey, though.
29. Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators are a good, young team that is really emerging as a competitive force in their division and conference.
Their home jerseys leave a lot to be desired, though.
I actually like their away jersey; the yellow in their logo actually looks nice against the white background. The full yellow of their home jersey is just too much though.
It hurts my eyes.
28. Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators have some changes to make before they'll be a truly competitive force in their division.
They have some work to do if they want to increase their ranking among league jerseys too.
Canada's national color is red and it should fit with the red of their Senator logo, but I'm just not a fan of this home jersey.
27. Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers made a lot of changes this offseason to their roster and they made a change to their home jersey as well.
Their new slogan is "We See Red," so it's only fitting that their home jersey should be red.
However, I think the red drowns out their logo and it just doesn't look as good as it could. Maybe it will just take some getting used to, though.
Photo courtesy of: panthers.nhl.com
26. Dallas Stars
There is nothing wrong with the Dallas Stars home jersey per se, except the fact that it is just so boring.
There is nothing that stands out about the black jersey with the white "Dallas" lettering with the gold outline.
It could use some jazzing up.
25. Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes roster changed significantly over the summer, but sadly, their home jersey has stayed the same.
The logo is fine, but there's just something that's off about the shade of red and that it encompasses the entire uniform.
24. Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks home jersey is simple, but it is the details that give it a slight edge over some of the other jerseys.
The way they fit the duck mascot into the "D" of "Ducks" is in their logo makes the logo stick out on the black jersey.
23. New York Islanders
Sadly, the New York Islanders are one of the least respected teams in the league with people making cracks about them on a regular basis.
Their jersey isn't the worst, but it's not the best either.
I've just never been a fan of the blue and orange combination.
22. Carolina Hurricanes
I like the Carolina Hurricanes home jersey because it just shows their simple yet detailed logo, the swirling hurricane.
The one question I have is why the Hurricanes are red though.
Actual hurricanes are not red.
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets home jersey is very nice-looking and celebrates the pride in the team's home state of Ohio, as that's Ohio's state flag.
However, the reason it isn't higher is because it makes little sense in regards to their team name.
Their old alternate logo of the yellow jacket insect wearing a blue jacket made more sense in regards to how it related to the team.
20. Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the Original Six teams, so their logo and their jersey is classic with a long history behind it.
It's never been one of my favorite jerseys though; although I'm sure plenty of people will disagree with me.
19. Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have a very classic, recognizable logo and home jersey that's very fitting for their team.
Orange and black are the colors of Halloween, the scary time of year, if you will.
The Broad Street Bullies have always been a team to be feared, so it works well.
18. St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues are called the "Blues" because of the blues music in the city of St. Louis.
Their logo and jersey reflect that, with the blue background, along with the musical note as the team's logo.
It works well.
17. Pittsburgh Penguins
The current Pittsburgh Penguins jersey is a vast improvement over the Penguins jersey of years ago, with the bright yellow, so that automatically bumps this jersey up.
Also, the logo is aesthetically pleasing because of the geometric placement of the skating Penguin on the triangle in the center.
It fits well together.
16. New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils have no choice but to have a solid red home jersey since their team name is the "Devils."
What I like about the jersey is how clean it is, but it is still visually interesting because of the inclusion of the devil horns as the top of the "J."
15. Colorado Avalanche
I really like the Colorado Avalanche's logo and home jersey.
Normally, I wouldn't think that their shade of blue and maroon would go well together, but somehow it works.
Plus, their logo is appealing, with the "A" transformed into a snow-topped mountain.
It's very visually appealing.
14. Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins jersey is another classic; it's easily recognizable, even from a distance.
It has just the right amount of each of the colors too to make it even more visually appealing.
13. Edmonton Oilers
Like I said with the New York Islanders, in general, I'm not a fan of the color combination of blue and orange.
However, in this case I'll forgive that combination because I like the Edmonton Oilers logo.
The drop of oil in the top of the circle gives it the slight detail to spruce up the simple logo and jersey.
12. Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames play tribute to their team nickname with the inclusion of flames extending from the "C" on their jersey.
The setting of this logo on the red background works very well and is visually appealing.
11. Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks current jerseys are a vast improvement of their jerseys of the past decade, in my opinion.
It doesn't make sense to some, but the "C" is turned into an orca because the Canucks are owned by the former Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment.
Plus, the green and blue seems fitting for the Pacific Northwest location of the team and the scenery of Vancouver.
10. New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are another Original Six team, which makes it acceptable that their jersey is quite simple.
Their jersey is just their signature bright blue, with "Rangers" stitched on diagonally across the front.
For them, it works.
9. Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres got rid of their "Buff-a-Slug" as some nicknamed it and this is their current home jersey.
This logo and jersey is a vast improvement, which gives the team such high placement on this list.
The logo is fitting, with the buffalo over the crossed sabres. It works well and looks nice.
8. Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are nicknamed for royalty, so it is fitting that their logo and home jersey reflect that.
While the crown on their former home jersey reflected that, this new logo of the shield with LA on top and the crown on bottom is much cleaner.
It's simple yet has a classic feel to it.
7. Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals home jersey is very nice.
First, I like that the logo is navy and white so that it sticks out on the red background, instead of getting lost in the red like some other jerseys.
Secondly, it's the details that make the jersey.
The "T" in "Capitals" is turned into a hockey stick with a puck on the end. While it might make more sense to turn the "l" into the hockey stick, the "t" is closer to the center which makes it more visually pleasing.
6. Detroit Red Wings
With the exception of maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens logos, the Detroit Red Wings jersey is probably the most easily recognized NHL jersey.
The Original Six team have a classic jersey to match their history, with the red tire and a wing, to pay tribute to the automotive history of the city.
5. San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks have a very nice home jersey.
Firstly, the color is very fitting for both the location and the Sharks mascot. It's also a unique shade of blue/turqoise, which makes it stand out.
Secondly, the detail of the shark and the geometric placement make it appealing to the eye.
4. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are the most historic NHL franchise and it's hard to find anything bad to say about the team's jersey.
It's just classic, nothing else needs to be said.
3. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the second-most historic franchise in NHL history, behind the Montreal Canadiens.
They are Canada's team though, which makes it fitting that they would feature the Maple Leaf across their chest (along with the obvious fact that its their team nickname).
However, instead of just being red like the country's colors, the team is blue, which differentiates them.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled new jerseys and a new logo for the 2011-12 NHL season. The blue jersey will be their home jersey, while the white of course will be their away sweater.
The new logo is very nice; it's a lot simpler, with a cleaner outline.
I know there are some mixed feelings on it, but I think it's one of the nicest.
1. Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets are the newest franchise in the NHL and thus have the newest uniform and logo.
I love their new logo and jersey.
The logo is very nice-looking; the silver maple leaf with maroon edges that also incorporates the jet. The color scheme of the actual jersey looks very nice as well, with the navy and then edges of lighter blue and white.
It's very well done.
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