Ranking the 10 Savviest Front Offices in the NHL

July 9th, 2013 by James Onusko Leave a reply »
There are NHL front offices that seem to get it right, not just once, but year after year. The majority of NHL clubs never seem to be able to find the traction needed to make the playoffs consistently and challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Some NHL front offices consistently outperform the others. These organizations are successful for several different reasons, but the way they are built is based on the perceptiveness, intelligence and shrewdness of their front offices–their ability to be savvy.

These rankings are based on the following criteria: organizational success (championships or at least ability to contend consistently), relative stability in the front office, drafting history (ability to draft players who eventually play for them at the NHL level), good trades and free agent signing performances and finally, how they manage the salary cap. A greater emphasis was placed on the past four seasons in all of these categories.

Here is the power ranking of the 10 savviest NHL front offices in ascending order.

Honorable mentions go to the Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals.

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