Monday, March 21, 2016

Who's the Best Organization in Hockey Right Now?

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
After Dallas clinched the playoffs this weekend [Ed. Note: NHL.com had an 'x' by Dallas in error when I pulled this data. Dallas can clinch with a win on Tuesday.], it occurred to me that the Dallas organization will have all 3 teams across the NHL, AHL and ECHL make the playoffs for just the second time since Texas started as a franchise. That made me wonder: who has the best org in hockey right now? To do this, I just threw together all of the win percentages for each organization and sorted them by average.

And yea, we can argue about whether this is an accurate measure of "best," but it's certainly a measure. Mostly, this is just some idle Monday morning spreadsheet work.

Full table is here:

NHL AHL ECHL AVG
Washington 0.754 Hershey 0.633 South Carolina 0.656 0.681
NY Islanders 0.607 Bridgeport 0.600 Missouri 0.802 0.670
Los Angeles 0.655 Ontario 0.693 Manchester 0.638 0.662
Detroit 0.576 Grand Rapids 0.656 Toledo 0.690 0.641
Dallas 0.651 Texas 0.598 Idaho 0.609 0.619
Nashville 0.590 Milwaukee 0.646 Cincinnati 0.587 0.608
Pittsburgh 0.611 WBS 0.633 Wheeling 0.579 0.608
New Jersey 0.527 Albany 0.675 0.601
Anaheim 0.627 San Diego 0.603 Utah 0.570 0.600
Florida 0.618 Portland 0.563 0.591
San Jose 0.611 San Jose 0.552 Allen 0.608 0.590
Chicago 0.623 Rockford 0.641 Indy 0.469 0.578
Carolina 0.528 Charlotte 0.546 Florida 0.651 0.575
Boston 0.589 Providence 0.609 Atlanta 0.523 0.574
Toronto 0.430 Toronto 0.735 Orlando 0.548 0.571
St. Louis 0.637 Chicago 0.492 0.564
NY Rangers 0.611 Hartford 0.562 Greenville 0.516 0.563
Tampa Bay 0.604 Syracuse 0.515 0.560
Philadelphia 0.571 Lehigh Valley 0.469 Reading 0.570 0.537
Colorado 0.548 San Antonio 0.439 Fort Wayne 0.619 0.535
Calgary 0.472 Stockton 0.527 Adirondack 0.594 0.531
Columbus 0.458 Lake Erie 0.600 Kalamazoo 0.508 0.522
Vancouver 0.465 Utica 0.571 0.518
Buffalo 0.466 Rochester 0.516 Elmira 0.554 0.512
Minnesota 0.541 Iowa 0.385 Quad City 0.540 0.489
Ottawa 0.521 Binghamton 0.461 Evansville 0.476 0.486
Edmonton 0.433 Bakersfield 0.544 Norfolk 0.461 0.479
Arizona 0.479 Springfield 0.429 Rapid City 0.469 0.459
Montreal 0.493 St. John's 0.508 Brampton 0.363 0.455
Winnipeg 0.444 Manitoba 0.367 Tulsa 0.549 0.453

Here are some notes:

  • Dallas is in the top 5.
  • There are five empty ECHL slots because there are only 28 ECHL teams and 3 of them are independent. Those clubs are Alaska, Wichita and the Colorado Eagles.
  • The New York Islanders get a major boost from the Missouri Mavericks, led by G Josh Robinson, with an eye-popping .802 win percentage.
  • Detroit, fighting to keep its playoff streak alive, has an AHL and ECHL team that are the top of their respective divisions.
  • Washington is really cruising as an organization. That stack has 14 championships under its belt. Hershey (11) and South Carolina (3) have them all; Washington could get its first this year.
  • Arizona is the only organization without a single team above 0.500.
  • I honestly had completely forgotten Tulsa was affiliated with Manitoba.

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