Well-Dressed: Penguins Have Top Ten Uniforms According to ESPN

The self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” released its Uni Watch Power Rankings for 2012 a few days ago, which includes a ranking and quick blurb for each of the 122 teams across the four major American sports – NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA. pittsburgh penguins jerseys

Here’s how the NHL teams stacked up:

1. Montreal Canadiens

2. Boston Bruins

3. New York Rangers

4. Detroit Red Wings

5. Philadelphia Flyers

6. Toronto Maple Leafs

7. Pittsburgh Penguins

8. Minnesota Wild

9. Columbus Blue Jackets

10. New Jersey Devils

11. Chicago Blackhawks

12. Buffalo Sabres

13. New York Islanders

14. San Jose Sharks

15. Florida Panthers

16. Winnipeg Jets

17. Vancouver Canucks

18. Phoenix Coyotes

19. Calgary Flames

20. Tampa Bay Lightning

21. Carolina Hurricanes

22. Nashville Predators

23. Anaheim Ducks

24. Ottawa Senators

25. St. Louis Blues

26. Edmonton Oilers

27. Washington Capitals

28. Los Angeles Kings

29. Dallas Stars

30. Colorado Avalanche

ESPN ranked the Penguins’ uniform set the seventh-best in the National Hockey League, with this to say about them:

How can you resist a skating penguin? That’s a trick question — everyone knows there’s no way to resist a skating penguin, because a skating penguin is literally irresistible! Once you have that kind of karma going for you, the rest of the uniform falls into place pretty easily.

Most of the list is a joke – though isn’t everything that ESPN tries to tell us about hockey? – but the biggest crime must be ranking Minnesota’s Christmas elf uniforms inside the Top 25, let alone the Top 10. Philadelphia’s Halloween uniforms are also relatively embarrassing, but I feel sorry enough for sports fans in that city I’ll give them a break here.

Another notable team up there is the Predators at number 22. Their white uniforms are simply outstanding – arguably my favorite in the entire league. On the flip side, their mustard yellows are an eyesore and I couldn’t put up with 41+ games of them each season. I’m not quite sure where I’d rank the team’s uniforms overall because of the difference.

Montreal is a respectable choice for the top spot. They’re about as classic – think New York Yankees - as the NHL has to offer. Nothing over the top, but not as plain and bland as many “classic” uniforms.

The Penguins’ uniforms were rated the 26th of 122 in ESPN’s cross-sport rankings.

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