What is the best division in hockey?

Posted by Richard Pollock in General NHL on October 28, 2009 — 4 Comments

For this week’s Puck Prospetus Roundtable, each contributor was asked to name the most difficult division in the NHL and why.

Here is an excerpt:

Richard Pollock: Atlantic Division – The toughest division in the NHL is the Atlantic Division. Not only does the Atlantic include the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, but it also plays home to the surprising New York Rangers, the always reliable New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. Sure, the weak link is the lowly New York Islanders but the Islanders, with youngster John Tavares leading the way, are not an easy victory anymore.

Collectively, so far this season, the top four teams in the Atlantic Division have scored 31 more goals than they have allowed. Additionally, the entire division is currently sitting twelve games above the .500 level.

Read the entire article here.

  • Banana Belt

    I can appreciate that based on statistics, various other divisions may be considered the toughest in the NHL – but in my mind, it is clearly the NW Division. Every year it is the same thing, hard to get points because of both the style of play and the high level of play. Unlike other divisions, it has been year in and year out that it is a battle in the NW. At this point in time, every team has a top notch goalie who is capable of taking over a game in a second. Luongo, Kipper, Khabby, Anderson, Backstrom – let alone the skaters. I also believe that the NW is the toughest because of the rivalries that have been built up. Without a doubt from – the NW showcases some of the best grudge matches in the game.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com goon

    I would agree that the Atlanitc Division is the toughest. Philly, Pens, Captials, what a league.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    East:
    1. Atlantic
    2. Northeast
    3. Southeast

    West:
    1. Northwest
    2. Pacific
    3. Central

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com goon

    I would agree with your assessment David.