Assenfratz and McDreary for sure. If I have to pick one, it's Assenfratz. He's just horrible, in fact he's "have you put all your money on the home team to win?" horrible. He constantly favours the home team in a brutally obvious way.
My top 5 worst refs (mostly east coast games):
Originally Posted by Gorges of the Jungle
I have a hard time picking on the refs. I find it is the pairings that lead to inconsistency, which is what bothers me the most about NHL officiating. You will see a ref call everything in one end while the other guy is a lot less willing to call the borderline stuff in the other. Sometimes they just don't seem to be working well together and it destroys the flow of the game. It can be infuriating to watch...
This is a huge problem, yes. However, you would think professional referees who has as a full time job could be a little bit better to cooperate with eachother and try to sync the level they blow the whistle at. Do these clowns even talk to eachother?
A way around to improve the reffing would be to fit refs into partner pairings that mainly work with eachother. They would hopefully develop good chemistry, however I doubt this with the guys on my list.
It seems to me that this has become so much less of an issue than in the past. Refs still blow calls but there is far more black and white now in the rulebook. You see a guy with a stick parallel to the ice near somebody's mid-section, the call is almost automatic. I don't mind the fact there is a little less subjectivity.
What makes me cringe is having to listen to color analysts complain about a marginal call. The worst offenders of this are Tampa Bay's Bobby Taylor, Detroit's Mickey Redmond and Florida's Denis Potvin. It drives me crazy. They can't accept any call against their team, it seems.
Fraser reffed the Stars-Flames game the other day, holding up play after the Flames scored, to determine whether or not they had scored in the same play, but just seconds previous. After lengthy review, original goal stood.
While he was on the phone, Ralph and Razor were letting him have it though, saying all he needed was a chinstrap and he was good to go.