Ranking the new NHL jerseys

Eduardo Monk Jr

 

Jerseys are a sacred part of sports. Fans show their allegiance to teams with them, players make the numbers and colors icons and they represent an entire branch of fashion. So naturally when any team announces new jerseys, whether slight changes or total remodeling, there’s always an air of excitement for everyone involved.

And with the new jersey deal with Adidas, every team in the league got an updated look. Some were pretty, some probably shouldn’t exist. And that’s where we are today folks. Where do the finest threads lie in the NHL?

Before we get started kids, let’s lay a few ground rules. We will be ranking the home jerseys, as not all the road uniforms have been released and let’s be honest, the home jerseys are always the nicest. We also will not be grading the jerseys based on the amount of changes or how true to the originals they are. We are taking it as the NHL is a brand new thing and these are the inaugural jerseys for the league.

Plus, in order to decide which jersey reigns supreme, we will be running a points system. Each category is worth 100 points, consisting of the visual pop (how exciting the jersey is), use of color (how well the color scheme is used) and the overall design for a maximum score of 300 points. This will ensure a definitive list of the nicest jerseys in the NHL.

 

So let’s hop to it.

 

31.Nashville Predators

Design:51/100

Visual Pop:49/100

Use of Color:28/100

Total:128/300

Adidas Manager: “Guys, we need to make new Predators jerseys. How do we incorporate the limited color scheme?”

Shady Janitor From the Corner: “I have an idea. How about…we don’t?”

Adidas Manager: “Like what do you mean?”

Shady Janitor From the Corner: “Let’s make the whole thing…Juicy Fruit yellow.”

Adidas Manager: (Half-smiles, flips on sunglasses and looks into the camera) “Perfect.”

 

30.Pittsburgh Penguins

Design:51/100

Visual Pop:47/100

Use of Color:48/100

Total:146/300
Adidas Manager (again):“Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
Ooh, black and yellow!
Let’s shake it up a little.”

 

29.Vancouver Canucks

Design:51/100

Visual Pop:67/100

Use of Color:31/100

Total:149/300

Can someone explain to me the thick green stripes? When was dark green apart of the Canucks color scheme? Since when did dark green work with dark blue? Why do these jerseys exist? Why is the logo so big? So many questions, so little answers.

 

28.Boston Bruins

Design:45/100

Visual Pop:47/100

Use of Color:63/100

Total:155/300

These jerseys are basically the Bruins. Boring and nothing pops but at least the black and yellow (HELLO) looks sort of nice. These jerseys prove it’s hard to mess up black and yellow.

 

T.27.Detroit Red Wings

Design:47/100

Visual Pop:49/100

Use of Color:61/100

Total:157/100

The Red Wings have found the worst shade of red in existence. Too bright to be dark like blood and at the same time not bright enough to be like a scarlet macaw. Yeah. I watch Go Diego Go.

 

T.27.New Jersey Devils

Design:45/100

Visual Pop:53/100

Use of Color:59/100

Total:157/200

This blocky sorry excuse for a jersey with the second worst red in existence looks like a level 3 costume out of Roblox.

 

25.Chicago Blackhawks

Design:48/100

Visual Pop:64/100

Use of Color:52/100

Total:164/300

There is way too much on a jersey where white is the smallest part of the logo. Heck, red isn’t even in the logo. When are we going to get official, non-alternate jerseys that are entirely black? And hawk colored. Get that in there too.

 

24.Columbus Blue Jackets

Design:61/100

Visual Pop:58/100

Use of Color:56/100

Total:175/300

The thin stripe down the sleeves is a nice touch and it’s a nice shade of blue but that doesn’t change the fact it’s a boring jersey.

 

23.Las Vegas Golden Knights

Design:66/100

Visual Pop:52/100

Use of Color:60/100

Total:178/300

The Golden Knight’s jersey is exactly what we expected. And because of that, I don’t like it.

 

T.22.Buffalo Sabres

Design:53/100

Visual Pop:57/100

Use of Color:69/100

Total:179/300

There is way too much yellow in a jersey with an ugly shade of yellow.

 

T.22.Toronto Maple Leafs

Design:65/100

Visual Pop:58/100

Use of Color:56/100

Total:179/300

There is just so little like about these jerseys. The color scheme is nice but doesn’t mean they use it well. There is nothing to love about it and therefore I like it even less.

 

20.Philadelphia Flyers

Design:71/100

Visual Pop:53/100

Use of Color:59/100

Total:183/300

These jerseys look like a half eaten Creamsicle.

 

T.19.Calgary Flames

Design:49/100

Visual Pop:65/100

Use of Color:70/100

Total:184/300

Such a basic jersey for such nice colors. I still can’t get into the flaming C for a logo as well.

 

T.19.Ottawa Senators

Design:69/100

Visual Pop:58/100

Use of Color:57/100

Total:184/300

I feel like the Senators exist solely because the capital of Canada didn’t want to feel left out of the national sport. It’s nice to see they got their number of cups on the shoulder though.

 

17.New York Islanders

Design:67/100

Visual Pop:61/100

Use of Color:58/100

Total:186/300

I can’t tell if there is too much orange or not enough.

 

16.Dallas Stars

Design:57/100

Visual Pop:62/100

Use of Color:68/100

Total:187/300

Dallas picked such a great green for their jerseys. Too bad they had to have stripes on the sleeves that just ruins the jersey.

 

T.15.Washington Capitals

Design:69/100

Visual Pop:65/100

Use of Color:58/100

Total:192/300

At least the design is semi-original. Every other jersey is just bold colors with stripes on sleeves and hips. But the colors have never worked for Washington. They are soft of colors and it ruins it.

 

T.15.Winnipeg Jets

Design:59/100

Visual Pop:63/100

Use of Color:70/100

Total:192/300

Stripes! But there are 16 of them! Good thing the 80 shades of blue for the Jets work.

 

T.15.Carolina Hurricanes

Design:71/100

Visual Pop:63/100

Use of Color:58/100

Total:192/300

I absolutely love the warning flags on the hips because there is zero warningness when playing the Hurricanes.

 

12.New York Rangers

Design:67/100

Visual Pop:61/100

Use of Color:65/100

Total:193/300

The word Rangers going from one corner to the other has always looked dumb. But look at that! More stripes on the sleeves!

 

T.11.Montreal Canadiens

Design:65/100

Visual Pop:62/100

Use of Color:67/100

Total:194/300

At least the stripes move through the whole jersey when the players shove their arms against their torso. Always love when they do that.

 

T.11.San Jose Sharks

Design:62/100

Visual Pop:60/100

Use of Color:72/100

Total:194/300

Just like Dallas, such a nice shade of, uhhh bluegreen? AquamarineGreen? Dirty green? Whatever it’sa a nice color ruined by more stripes. At least they stick to the sleeves and not break the rest of the jersey.

 

9.Arizona Coyotes

Design:57/100

Visual Pop:76/100

Use of Color:65/100

Total:198/300

There is too much going on in this jersey but at least the blockiness is evened out by the nice use of the solid color scheme

 

8.St.Louis Blues

Design:65/100

Visual Pop:68/100

Use of Color:70/100

Total:203/300

The design is actually quite pleasing and the colors work well together. I still don’t know why they have to yellow in the jersey but whatever, they don’t have to have the best jersey in the NHL.

 

7.Colorado Avalanche

Design:76/100

Visual Pop:64/100

Use of Color:65/100

Total:205/300

Woah, no stripes? A mountain design that looks like Colorado? For once, I have very little negative to say about this one. It’s a nice jersey overall.

You can go to next one, I’m done with this one.

 

6.Anaheim Ducks

Design:78/100

Visual Pop:62/100

Use of Color:67/100

Total:207/300

These jerseys have a unique design to say I guess. The colors work well and it’s a fun jersey. Just wish they would go back to the original Mighty Ducks jerseys more often.

 

5.Los Angeles Kings

Design:78/100

Visual Pop:67/100

Use of Color:65/100

Total:210/300

Somehow, LA makes black and white work well together. What a surprise. Was that a race joke? That might have been a race joke…

Can’t wait to see the comments about this one.

 

4.Tampa Bay Lighting

Design:71/100

Visual Pop:81/100

Use of Color:70/100

Total:222/300

For once, the stripes work on a jersey. The Lightning’s jerseys would absolutely be missing something without them and that specific shade of blue and white look pretty together.

 

3.Edmonton Oilers

Design:67/100

Visual Pop:76/100

Use of Color:80/100

Total:223/100

I absolutely love the hot orange look. It feels more oily.

Wait. Isn’t oil black? Why are the Oilers orange is oil is black? Can someone explain this?

 

2.Florida Panthers

Design:81/100

Visual Pop:68/100

Use of Color:79/100

Total:228/300

The Panthers are easily have the most professional jerseys in the entire NHL. The chrome logo is top notch and the orange-red is such a pretty color. And the stripes aren’t tiny and annoying. These stripes are manly stripes.

 

1.Minnesota Wild

Design:84/100

Visual Pop:76/100

Use of Color:80/100

Total:240/300

Mother Nature smiled down upon these jerseys when they were made as they perfectly encompass the Wild and the wild. They are easily my favorite jerseys simply because everything works so well together. Even the stripes look nice on these. Which is really saying something.

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