Usually, mid-November means a booming regular season for the NHL. The league would be almost six weeks away and Nathan MacKinnon would be on track for another MVP-caliber race in which he had the Hart Trophy stolen. This is not currently the case.
Due to a world-changing pandemic, this November falls into the dead of the NHL offseason. The 2020 draft finally took place a month ago, and the vast majority of off-season trades are behind us. Add to that the fact that the league has yet to confirm its plans for the start of the 2020-21 season, and November has been an incredibly calm month for the NHL.
In other words, until Monday morning.
In an attempt to grab headlines – and find a desperately needed source of income – the NHL and Adidas have released a line of “reverse retro” jerseys. The collection consists of a new replacement for each of the 31 teams with designs meant to build the future from each team’s past.
Although reviews were mixed, when the line was released it was instantly clear that two models stood out from the rest. Opinions may vary on some, but the strong point of the collection is that there have been a lot of missed opportunities. That said, here is the final ranking of the 31 models:
1. Avalanche du Colorado
These are undoubtedly at the top of the ranking. The jersey recognizes the team’s history in the 25th anniversary season while updating the design with Avalanche burgundy and blue. Almost all of the criticism comes from Vancouver, where fans seem to project their angst over the loss of the Grizzlies. The weather in Quebec is a precious period in franchise history, and the fact that Joe Sakic is the face of both the Nordiques and Avs confirms it.
2. Kings de Los Angeles
These are basically related for the first one. They are amazing. The Gretzky era logo with the Forum Blue and Gold color scheme – what more could you ask for? The Kings are going to be a bad team this year, but at least they’ll look good for a few games.
Amazing, unless you hate the fun
3. Arizona Coyotes
The Space Coyote is back, and this time it’s sitting against an incredible purple sky. In a league that is afraid to take risks, these stand out. From the color scheme to the logo, this design will stand out on ice – in a really good way.
No jersey in any sport has so perfectly defined “come peyote in the desert”.
4. Canards d’Anaheim
Speaking of well-received returns, the Ducks are giving Wild Wing back to aging millennials. It brings nostalgia for the Disney era and reminds us all why the Ducks were everyone’s second favorite team in the ’80s. Take it away from the fire.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
It may be the reminder of Snoop Dog’s Gin and Juice video. Maybe it reminds us of the greatest mule in hockey history. Either way, they’re exceptional, simple, clean, and they stay away from that Robo-Penguin design. A big win for the pens.
6. St. Louis Blues
If the greatest hockey player of all time dons your jersey, you’re smart to remember those days. The Blues are another franchise that takes him back to the Gretzky era of the team with these shapely jerseys.
7. Diables du New Jersey
“They look like a Christmas decoration.”
Yes exactly. Why would anyone ever say that like it’s a bad thing? Throw it on with pants and red helmets and you’ve got one hell of a look.
8. Florida Panthers
These are good. Like, really nice. The Leaping Panther has always been the team’s best logo, and they’ve added it to a design that gives a touch to a classic.
9. Tampa Bay Lightning
A solid look, but they would have been a lot higher on the list if Tampa hadn’t been a coward and incorporated some of the old Storm design. Lightning bolts on the sleeves or raindrops on the front – you don’t have to give us both, but at least give us one.
Nice but not as good looking as hockey its chapters want you to think about
10. Carolina Hurricanes
The green Whalers jerseys worn by Carolina last season were a cut up, making this version seemingly missing the mark. Add to that the fact that, while beautiful, the love for old Hartford design has become quite over the top in recent years.
11. Flames de Calgary
They brought back the best logo possible, but the design of the jersey leaves a lot to be desired. Looks like they just slapped the flaming horse on an old Canucks jersey and called it a day. Given the number of free agents who made the jump from Vancouver to Calgary in the offseason, that makes sense.
At least you tried
12. Washington Capitals
These had so much potential. The design is great and the colors are solid, but they chose the wrong logo. Put the old Capitol Hill crest on the front and you’ve got an elite level jersey.
13. Sharks of San Jose
Honestly, are they still new? If you say these were the exact same jerseys Vincent Damphousse and Mike Ricci wore in the early 2000s, we would believe you.
14. Vegas Golden Knights
It’s hard to learn from history when your franchise is only a few years old. Vegas came up with a nice design, but there are a lot of hockey fans out there who would need a few guesses before they can answer which team he is on.
15. Vancouver Canucks
Another good design with the wrong choice of logo. Throw one of the other options on the chest of this jersey and you would have a winner. Similar to the Calder race, Vancouver was a bit short.
16. Rangers of New York
While other jerseys chose the wrong logo, the Rangers put a great logo on an insanely boring design. Any model without stripes at the bottom almost always looks like a training suit.
17. Buffalo Sabers
With a great logo and a nice color scheme, you’d think this design would be higher on the list. But the Sabers had to go ruining a solid jersey by inexplicably adding the ugly BUFFALO text to the bottom strip.
New logo, who is it?
18. Blue Jackets Columbus
It’s a decent design, but it really looks like they put a Blue Jackets logo on the front of an old Washington Capitals jersey.
So incredibly boring
These swimsuits are all so bland that we fall asleep just looking at them. These are either old models with inverted colors, or a very slight modification of a previous model. They are not necessarily times, they just present themselves as the kid who had to hurry to do his homework on the bus in the morning.
19. Nashville Predators
20. Oilers d’Edmonton
21. Blackhawks de Chicago
22. Montreal Canadiens
23. Philadelphia Flyers
24. Bruins de Boston
They look like imitations
25. Maple Leafs de Toronto
These had potential, but the logo is too big and for some reason they thought gray was a better idea instead of white. The problem is, Toronto has already used its two cute retro designs as alternative jerseys for the past 15 years, leaving it with nothing else.
26. Stars de Dallas
The Stars took a great design and then removed most of the color. There is simply not much to do. The fact that they plan to wear white gloves and pants only underlines the overall questionable aspect. Are they trying to compensate for the noise of their other substitutes?
27. Ottawa Senators
The Senators are coming back to the best logo, but the overall design is so bland. A black stripe on a sea of red – no thanks.
28. Minnesota Wild
It’s obvious what the Wild were trying to do here, but they didn’t. They take inspiration from another team’s story while creating a jersey that looks like promotional loot for Subway. Do you get at least one free sub when you buy this jersey?
29. Winnipeg Jets
We are as confused as you are. Where does this color palette come from? Why so much gray? It’s just… not that.
30. Detroit Red Wings
Boring, ugly and dangerous. There will be a lot of people leaving Little Caesars Arena with pizza sauce stains all over it. The Red Wings know that looking bad doesn’t help the tank, right?
Come on man!
31. New York Islanders
I guess Lou Lamoreillo wanted to stick with the cranky old shtick and decided not to play the game. These are literally just an old design of an Islanders jersey. That’s bad enough, but the fact that they haven’t all-in on the Fisherman logo is reason enough to be at the bottom of the list.