Top 10 Teams of The Modern Day NHL
Often through this miserable winter with no hockey I have found myself going to NHL.com more and more. Right now having very little to talk about the website is having the greatest team “Quest for The Best” tournament. Even though my team (the oilers) are still in the mix I am disgusted with some of the results. I am not going to get into it all but one thing is for sure the 92-93 penguins should not be in the final 4. They didn’t even make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, or even the final 4. Maybe I am just bitter because they are currently beeting the 84 Oilers 3 games to 2. But this gave me an idea, since i have no idea how i would be able to rank teams that i have never seen play i am going to keep this in our generation. So here is my Top 10 teams of the last 25 years.
I hope that you enjoy and look forward to some critisism.
10. 93-94 Vancouver Canucks: No stanley cup but fun to watch and had alot of talent. Kirk McLean was unbeleivable and Pavel Bure was at his best.
9. 94-95 New Jersey Devils: Changed the way Hockey is played in North America. Swept the Red Wings in the final.
8. 85-86 Montreal Canadians: Beet the Flames in a upsetting Final and introduced the world to Patrick Roy
7. 89-90 Edmonton Oilers: Whizzed through the playoffs with very little difficulty. Messier was huge. No Gretzky
6. 2000-2001 Avalanche. Forsberg, Sakic, Blake, Roy, Foote, Hejduk, and of coarse Bourque. 7 of the leagues best players all on one team. Man I hate them.
5. 96-98 Red Wings: Doesnt really matter either the 96-97 team or the 97-98 squad either way they dominated and swept 2 cup finals in a row. They even won with 2 different B rated goalies. Which is very hard to do these days.
4. 90-92 Penguins: Once again won 2 cups in a row Lemeiux was unbeleivable and Barasso was superb. Very fun team to watch.
3. 93-94 New York Rangers: Great Team looks alot like the 90 Oilers but with Leetch and Richter. Messier made himself the best leader in all of professional sports in the playoffs. To bad he hasnt made them since 1997
2. Mid 80’s Oilers: Four cups in 5 years. Gretz, Mess, Lowe, Coffee, Anderson, Fuhr, Tikkanen, Anderson and many more greats. Who knows what would of happened if they had money, i still think that they could of got 5 more. But that is a different topic to be discussed.
1. 79-83 Islanders. It kills me to put them ahead of the OIL, but 4 Cups in a row is just insane. They had a hell of alot of great players and they played well as a team. I still think that Billy Smith is the greatest goalie of that Era. I dont think anyone will ever win 4 in a row again.
Well there you have it. I am sure you Flames fans are pretty upset with these picks but i just coudnt put the 88-89 flames anywhere on here. I hate them too much. I am sorry i just do.
Honerable Mention should also go to this years Tampa Bay Lightning, the 98-99 Dallas Stars, 2003 New Jersey Devils, 1993 Canadians and Maybe even the 2004 Calgary Flames, what they did this year was incredible , I hate them so much but I do live in Calgary so I saw first hand what a playoff run can do for a team and a City.