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The Athletic: Penguins deemed the most successful team of the salary cap era

The rankings were measured on a number of criteria.

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A new analysis measuring success of each NHL team during the salary cap era has put the Penguins at the top of the mountain.

In a story posted on The Athletic ($), rankings of all 31 franchises were made using a number of criteria, including:

Each criteria was weighed with more or less points, depending on how difficult each task is to achieve.

The Penguins ranked #1, with 51 points, ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks, who finished second with 44 points.

The longevity of success for the Penguins is summed up quite well by the Athletic, with the line of “They’ve won exactly one playoff series since their back-to-back Cups and still maintain a healthy lead on the No. 2 franchise in this ranking. “

Some of the Penguins’ division rivals rankings include:

It’s interesting to see how teams like the Rangers and Flyers rank in the top half of the league, given that they managed success in terms of postseason appearances or longer runs toward the Stanley Cup Final, without reaching the ultimate goal of winning a Championship.

The San Jose Sharks are probably the best example of this, ranked #8 by the Athletic, with the 5th most playoff series wins in the salary cap era, falling short of a Stanley Cup victory in 2016 and running into several very good Western Conference teams during long Cup runs along the way.

One thing we can all agree on, though? Toronto being one of two teams with no playoff series wins and being ranked #30 by The Athletic? You hate to see it.