Wednesday, February 01, 2006

And the award for 'best expansion team' goes to...

The Minnesota Wild, apparently. While the Ottawa Senators certainly get high marks for overcoming their absolutely brutal early years, the Wild have put up the most points in the standings per game as a fledgling franchise than any other new team.

On the flipside, Columbus and Atlanta continue to stagnate at just over a 30 per cent win percentage. The Thrashers recent slip in the standings seems to indicate their playoff drought will continue.

And the Blue Jackets? Well, Doug MacLean is back on board to ensure they move to the bottom of this handy list.


At 7:48 p.m., February 01, 2006, Anonymous David said...

Ok, now everyone outside of Minnesota who'd rather watch the Wild than any other team on that list at any point during their expansion please raise your hand.


At 11:18 p.m., February 01, 2006, Blogger steve said...

As interesting as this is, using points per game as a metric is flawed because the average game now is worth more points than it was before the OTL. The majority of the Senators seasons came when the total # of points awarded per game were 2, but the Wild have benefited from playing a much higher percentage of games with 3 points awarded per game. You should normalize the points in each season by the average points per game (of each season) to get a fairer comparison.

At 2:57 a.m., February 02, 2006, Blogger jamestobrien said...

This is an interesting list...

But how can there be no mention of the Lightning's Stanley Cup victory?

I know it's limited to simple winning percentage, but a Cup heals a lot of wounds. Even just throwing an extra column in there or an asterisk would have been ideal.

I think it would probably be most accurate to refer to that award as "the most consistently competitive expansion team award."

At 11:04 p.m., February 02, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

Doug MacLean certainly knows how to draft well but doesn't know beans about running a NHL organization. Neither does the Columbus ownership. I wonder if they've been using the New York Islanders as a model for their club?


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