Best Dressed NHL Teams of 2017-2018This list compiles the NHL teams that have been the best-dressed when they've hit the ice in the 2017/18 NHL season.
The Top Ten
They're the Montreal Canadiens. Unless any major, shocking changes happen next season, they'll keep winning this contest, as far as I'm concerned.
If you could give a team in "1.5th place" I'd give it to the Blackhawks. It feels wrong to give them a one-digit ranking that doesn't start and end with a "1". If they ever bring back the black alternate jersey I'll give them "1.25th place".
I was hesitant to accept the new "updated classic" insignia when it was introduced a couple seasons ago, as surprising as that sounds since it's a perfect logo. The uniform change that went along with the new logo was also a little weird for me but has since grown on me considerably. The Leafs have always been a beautifully-dressed team but they've never looked better than they do now.
Since the change back to their classic gold uniforms worn from 1981 to 1992, the Penguins have thrown themselves back into the race for the best uniforms. If I never see "Vegas gold" in the team's logo and uniforms again it will be too soon. Keep rocking the yellow gold, Pens!
Before 2010 (2008, if you count when their current home jersey was introduced as an alternate) the Flyers stuck with, what I would call, a downgraded version of their uniform for a long time (since 1982). For a lot of those years the darker uniforms were black instead of orange. Now that most of the NHL has shifted away from using black as the primary home jersey colour, I'm hopeful Philadelphia won't mess with their beautiful orange jerseys for a long time.
Not much to say about the Red Wings' uniforms that isn't obvious. They've never had an alternate jersey and have stuck with the same jersey design for decades and that's not a problem since they're practically perfect. The team's playing, however, could definitely use a change.
Swapping out blue for orange as the team's primary colour this season marks the first time since the team left the WHA (World Hockey Association) in 1979 that the Edmonton Oilers have worn orange dark jerseys as their primaries. While the classic blue jerseys will be missed, the orange alternate jerseys from last season clearly won over the hearts of fans so I'm sure very few are sad to see the change.
The Bruins, being an Original Six team, is graced with having a classic look that dates back decades. They've not done anything to their jerseys for years but that's because there's nothing that needs changing. Since the alternate jersey program was suspended for the 2017/18 season (due to the switch to the Addidas jerseys), the Bruins have nothing holding them back from being one of the best-dressed this season.
The team refreshed their jerseys to coincide with the switch to the new Addidas jerseys this year and it's definitely an improvement. The new sweaters feature thicker lines on the arms and does away with the striping around the waist. Both changes contribute to a look that looks more modern and suggests that the team is looking to say goodbye to the old, slow, defensive Devils team (hopefully) of the past.
The ugly piping that cascaded down the sides of the chest (dating back to 07/08 when the Reebok Edge jerseys arrived) is gone and the classic "mountain range" striping from arm to arm and around the waist (that was with them from the time they relocated to Denver in 1995 to the end of the 2006/07 season) is back, baby. That, alone, warranted putting the 'Avs' on this list.