Top Ten Worst NHL Teams of the 2010s

The 2010s were widely dominated by the Kings (2 Cups), the Blackhawks (3 Cups), and the Penguins (2 Cups). The Bruins, Capitals, and Blues each won one Cup in the decade also. But those are the succesful teams. What about the worst teams of the 2010s? Vote which NHL team you think from 2010-2019 was the most unsuccessful.

The Top Ten

Buffalo Sabres The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Sabres actually had a great start to the decade in 2010, finishing first in their division, but dropping out in the 1st round. But from there, things very quickly escalated downhill.
In 2011 they finished 3rd in their division and were able to clinch a playoffs spot, and again lost in the 1st round.
In 2012 they finished 3rd in their division again, but no playoff appearance.
In 2013 they finished 5th in their division, no playoff appearance.
In 2014 they finished 30th (last) in the league with an embarrassing 52 points.
In 2015 they finished last in the league again with 54 points.
In 2016 they jumped up 7 places, to 23rd in the league.
In 2017 they dropped down to 26th.
In 2018 they they fell to last place in the league once again.
In 2019 they had an amazing start to the season, but quickly lost their momentum, and finished in 26th.
Oof, those are painfully bad stats, they never even won a playoff series through the entire decade! Even now, in ...more

It's unfortunate, but it's true.
But no matter how bad they are, they will all be my favorite team.
#SABRES50

Edmonton Oilers The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

In 2010, unlike the Sabres, the Oilers started the decade not only missing the playoffs, but finishing last in the league.
In 2011 they were again last in the league.
In 2012 they gained one position in the league, finishing 29th in the league.
In 2013 they finished 24th, which is better, but still horrid.
In 2014 they finished 28th, back to the bottom 3.
In 2015 they stayed in 28th.
In 2016 they dropped down to 29th, got the #1 draft pick, and drafted Connor McDavid.
In 2017, with the massive help from McDavid, they launched to 8th place in the league! They also beat the Sharks in the 1st round of the playoffs, but lost to Anaheim in the 2nd round. It's only because of this season that I didn't rank them worse than the Sabres.
In 2018 they dropped back out of a playoff spot, and finished 23rd.
And in 2019 they finished 25th.
If you calculate the P% through 2010-2019, the Oilers actually place last with a brutal 0.452%, while the Sabres place 2nd to last ...more

Florida Panthers The Florida Panthers are an American professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area.

The Panthers did quite decently in the regular season this decade, they finished 1st in their division twice. And barely missed the playoffs almost every other year. But when it came to the playoffs, they immediately lost in the 1st round. And they still keep barely missing the playoffs to this day. Maybe they'll be in the worst teams of the 2020s.

Arizona Coyotes The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona.

They did pretty good the first few years of the decade (2010, 2011, 2012), and then in 2013 and 2014 they barely missed the playoffs. But when the 2015 season came, they turned to crap; and that lameness continued all the way until 2019, where they barely missed the playoffs again. The Coyotes have been a lot better than the Sabres and the Oilers, but worse than almost every other team, in my opinion.

Toronto Maple Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs, officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and often simply referred to as the Leafs, are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

I didn't think I'd be putting them this high. But after looking at their stats this decade, I've come to notice how bad they really were. They did make the playoffs 4 out of the 10 years, but in all 4 of those years, they were eliminated in the 1st round! I'm sure they'll do better in the 2020s.

Carolina Hurricanes The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League.

If it weren't for their success in 2019, I would've put them a lot higher. But in 2019 they beat the former Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, in the 1st round, and then went to sweep the Islanders in the second round, but eventually got swept by the Bruins in the semifinals. But other than that year, they didn't qualify for the playoffs a single time in the 2010s.

Colorado Avalanche The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain ...read more.

The Avs were majorly up and down this decade, but mostly down. They did upset the Flames in the 2019 playoffs, but lost to the Sharks in the 2nd round. Other than that, they didn't win another series this decade, and they usually ended up in the bottom 10 teams in the league. But they're looking a lot better in 2020 so far.

This team became a team I hate in april 2019

Calgary Flames The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

I'm very saddened to put them on this list, but even though they had so much talent and a very deep lineup, they failed to connect. They did finish 1st in the west in 2019, but got destroyed by the Avs in the first round. And they did beat the Canucks in the 1st round of the 2015 playoffs, but then got destroyed by the Ducks in the second round. In fact, the Flames had the worst playoff win ratio in the league of the 2010s. I hope they do better in the 2020s

Columbus Blue Jackets The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. The Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000.

If they didn't sweep the Presdients trophy winners in the 1st round last year, I would have them quite a bit further up. They did make it to the playoffs 4 time in this decade, in which 3 of those runs they were eliminated in the 1st round. Not very successful at all. And it's looking like they're going to suck in the 2020s as well. I'm sorry Jackets fans.

Winnipeg Jets The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

They became a team in 2012, so they only played 8 years in the 2010s. And they were mostly crappy years. They did make it to the semifinals in 2018, which is quite good. But other than that, they were quite lame.

The Contenders

New Jersey Devils The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts moved ...read more.

The team made the Stanley Cup in 2012 but otherwise they’ve been terrible

Vancouver Canucks The Vancouver Canucks are an ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
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