You know that the sports world has gone a step too far when they have power rankings for uniforms. Sure, you can talk about certain uniforms being iconic, or being easily recognizable, but power rankings? All right then, ESPN. Go on and channel your inner Sean Avery and Vogue it up here.
They ranked all 30 teams by, well, they never really share their methods. I'm assuming that it's by whoever can make their Reebok Edge uniforms look a close to the pre-Edge uniforms as possible. The list is just for fun (I'm assuming), but you can't argue with their #1, the Montreal Canadiens. That jersey is pretty damned iconic. Bruins? Rangers? Sure. Wings? Plain, but the logo and the fact that they're Original Six lends it some clout. The Blackhawks are down at #11, with praise for the Indian head and criticism that the red home jersey doesn't let the logo "pop." The Blue Jackets are at a surprising 9th, and the Nashville Predators are down at 22.
Where are the Blues on this list? Where is the often-praised, always iconic Blue Note? Number 25. Why, you might ask. Well, it's not the logo that they have an issue with:
The Blues have been ill-served by Reebok's Edge template. The apron strings, swoopy stripes on the pants, the collarbone horns -- it's all too much. And the third jersey feels like a pro forma stab at traditionalism. If they want to look traditional, it's easy: Just strip all the nonsense elements from the home and road designs. A shame, because their primary logo is still among the strongest in the league.
I can't disagree with the commentary that the Edge template is terrible, but the criticism of the third jersey, which is basically the "traditional" one that some other teams based their retro look thirds off of and is pretty well loved by the fanbase seems off.
But hey, in the end, it's our team's jersey and we love it. These rankings are just puff to fill the gap between now and whenever the NHL season feels the need to start. It's just odd to me personally that the Blues would rank so low, but hey, I'm probably biased.