Scratch the last few years and Mtl have not ice very good team over that span.
The NE was, before last year perhaps the best division in the nhl for a long time (and underrated at the same time) and it shows.
Boston-Buffalo-Toronto in the top10 with Mtl at 13. Only because of the first years, Ottawa ranked 19, cut the first few years and they skyrocket in the top 10 also for sure.
Points average doesn't matter too much to me. 13th out of 30 is ok, but not Hab-like since it's so damn average. Playoff peaks for every team in the NHL since 1993 show us that since our last cup, the only teams that have failed to surpass our longest push (getting to 6 against Carolina in the 2002 conf. semis) are usually expansion- in this case Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville- or a perennially rebuilding squad- Phoenix, Los Angeles, NY Islanders. So Hab fans have only experienced more highs than the formerly mentioned teams, although I would take our past 15 years over Florida (one miracle run only to get swept in the finals, 2 first round losses and a chunk of miserable years with decent-to-awful quality teams), Chicago (bright future but a measly one playoff series win between 1992 and 2008 and the degradation of a once stable, lively franchise), and even Boston (better performing teams and yet much more playoff disappointment than us, plus run by a doofus owner and the GMs before Chiarelli were fools) and St. Louis (constantly *****es to Detroit and plenty of wonderful teams could never crack a Conf. final- just 2001 saw them get to the 3rd round and they were owned by the Avs, plus it remains their only Conf. final between now and 1986).
Stole that from the leaf's board. Though it'd be interesting !
here are the average points for NHL teams in the past 15 years of hockey...
*the 2nd column takes out the shortened year, so the younger clubs drop down a bit..
AVG pts ----- Team/Rank
107.00 109.46 detroit 1
98.562 101.66 nj 2
95.062 97.066 colorado-quebec 3
94.937 98.466 dallas-minnesota 4
92.375 94.533 phil 5
88.125 90.200 boston 6
87.687 90.133 buffalo 7
87.437 89.200 st louis 8
87.312 89.800 toronto 9
87.187 88.933 pitt 10
86.750 ------- minn 11
85.562 88.066 van 12
85.000 87.800 montreal 13
84.200 ------- nash 14
83.312 85.400 wash 15
83.062 84.900 calgary 16
82.687 85.066 nyr 17
81.500 84.133 san jose 18
81.000 84.866 ottawa 19
I'm really surprised to see Boston so high, and Toronto ahead of us !
wow, Detroit averaging 109 pts/season for 15 seasons is mighty impressive. Not that there was any doubt they'd be first on this list, but still...when was the last time the habs had a single season that high?
Buffalo and St. Louis were higher than I initially expected, but then looking back Buffalo had some impressive seasons a few years back, as well as when Hasek was in his prime so it makes sense. St. Louis has also been quietly very effective until recent years. I think they had an impressive streak of playoff appearances until just recently.