10. Buffalo Sabres: 2.68
-Rick Jeanneret (play by play)
-Rob Ray (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (34.84% of voters)
Jeanneret is not only one of the elder statesmen of the NHL, but has always been one of the more entertaining voices in the sport. And it’s a great excuse to give you what I feel is the greatest Jeanneret call in the history of histories:
If I was a golf announcer I would not be whispering. I'd be yelling and getting hyped up like Rick Jeanneret at all Sabres games
— Sam Kralles (@SlamminSammy03) April 9, 2016
Rick Jeanneret is on his game tonight. #Sabres fans cherish every moment with Rick, we will never ever hear another like him
— Sambeze (@sambone73) April 3, 2016
Flipped to Blue Jackets game and realized how spoiled we are as @BuffaloSabres fans with Rick Jeanneret as announcer. Best ever???
— Carl Dunning (@Cdunn96) April 3, 2016
9. Detroit Red Wings: 2.71
-Ken Daniels (play by play)
-Mickey Redmond (analyst)
-Chris Osgood (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (33.57% of voters)
Daniels and Redmond are a very good broadcasting team who have been doing this forever, and the grades reflect that as the Wings broadcasters only got single digit percentages of D’s and F’s. I only wish that Redmond wouldn’t step on Daniels’ goal calls so much. But that’s nitpicky. They are a good way to spend three hours.
I like listening to Ken Daniels call Red Wings games but Mickey Redmond talks WAY too much.
— Jer (@jsimms52) April 18, 2016
I know I say it a lot, but Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond have to be the best broadcast team in hockey. Red Wings fans are lucky.
— Dave Shreeve (@DaveShreeve) December 12, 2015
8. New York Rangers: 2.78
-Sam Rosen (play by play)
-Joe Micheletti (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (45.89% of voters)
Sometimes the game seems too fast for the 68-year- old Rosen who misses plays and misidentifies players, but relatively speaking, he’s still in the upper-third of local announcers. Micheletti has the ability to see a replay and know what happened in the video, which sounds basic but is an ability few analysts have. Throw in the fact that John Giannone is the best between-the-benches guy that doesn’t do national games and overall it’s a solid group.
IDK who does worse play-by-play: Sam Rosen or Greg Picker
Why is it that Sam Rosen can pronounce Mercedes perfectly but then pronounces Matt Murray "Matt MARray"…….. pic.twitter.com/fLc85zhosr
— Anthony Massi (@AnthMassi) April 22, 2016
Gotta love Sam Rosen calling it like a one goal game til the end
— Brine (@BurrbQ) April 22, 2016
7. San Jose Sharks: 2.88
-Randy Hahn (play by play)
-Jamie Baker (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (41.44% of voters)
This is the rare announcing duo that does national broadcasts on NBCSN and you actually love it and look forward to it. They don’t see everything through Sharks-colored glasses, at least not when a national audience is watching. Hahn is sharp and Baker, who had the tall task of replacing the beloved Drew Remenda a few years ago, is able to quote advanced stats when necessary.
— Shea Lemos (@SLemos35) April 25, 2016
— Delvige (@DelvigeDesigns) April 24, 2016
Really wish the highlights from last night were of @sharkvoice 's call and not the canadien broadcast.
— Andrew Bensch
6. Ottawa Senators: 2.94
-Gord Miller, Chris Cuthbert (play by play)
-Ray Ferraro, Jamie McLennan (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (42.74% of voters)
Ottawa Senators fans are spoiled getting some of TSN’s best to cover their local broadcasts. Miller and Cuthbert are both great in the booth while McLennan and Ferraro are both quality analysts who know the game well and actually apply their previous NHL experience in an insightful way. It’s a treat to listen to the entire team. The A grade is fitting.
Chris Cuthbert is the most underrated PBP guy in hockey. Love when he calls games.
— Johnny Lombardi (@jlombardiTV) April 15, 2016
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) April 24, 2016
Would anyone dispute Ray Ferraro being the best analyst in hockey?
— Ryan Porth (@PorthGame) April 19, 2016
5. Carolina Hurricanes: 2.98
-John Forslund (play by play)
-Tripp Tracy (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (49.72% of voters)
The Hurricanes have been terrible the last few years, but their fans are lucky enough to have John Forslund call their games for an entire season. Forslund and Tracy are an upper echelon duo that fell just short of 50% A grades.
i'm loving forslund calling the preds games. so so much.
— sailor alana
I was told there would be more John Forslund. Why aren't Doc and Regis in Chicago?
— Ryan Wilson (@GunnerStaal) April 19, 2016
NBC play by play power rankings:
don't care about the rest
— AlternativeRyanDunn (@NotDeadRyanDunn) April 12, 2016
John Forslund is a great announcer. One of my favorites.
— Brittany Grill (@beegaroni) April 10, 2016
4. St. Louis Blues: 2.99
-John Kelly (play by play)
-Darren Pang (analyst)
-Bernie Federko (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (47.75% of voters)
Some may criticize John Kelly and Darren Pang of being homers, but the two have a perfect combination of hockey knowledge of chemistry. Kelly’s smooth play-by-play work is complemented nicely by Pang and his Pangisms (“And why wouldn’t he?”, “The ol’ 9 of hearts”).
Darren Pang is VERY GOOD on color.
— Jack Zhao (@Someguy314) April 22, 2016
I know it's a #Blues broadcast but Kelly and Pang need to tone down their homerism
— Connor Lapalme (@Connor_Lapalme) April 22, 2016
@Aqvd94 hoping you can watch your first fox sports midwest broadcast tonight
john kelly and darren pang are actually p great
— #yeolo (@ShattInMyKirk) March 11, 2016
3. Dallas Stars: 3.02
-Dave Strader (play by play)
-Daryl Reaugh (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (48.01% of voters)
The Stars were lucky enough to have Dave Strader fall into their laps after Ralph Strangis retired to pursue other opportunities. Strader and Reaugh are a consistently excellent announce team who plays it down the middle. Stars fans are lucky to have them.
I like the Stars broadcast a lot — Strader & Reaugh might be the best in the biz — but they get way too cute with the weird camera angles
— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) December 12, 2015
Canucks vs Stars on NHLN … its a pleasure to listen to arguably the best TV tandem in the NHL (Dave Strader & Daryl Reaugh)
— B-O-B (@CaptainTayvz19) November 28, 2015
I've come to the conclusion that I hate every other broadcast except for Strader and Reaugh. That's not biased at all.
— TutorShooter (@42EvilRoy) November 20, 2015
Darryl Reaugh and Dave Strader of The Dallas Stars are among the NHL's very best broadcast teams. Enjoying Stars/Leafs.
— Dave Reichert (@DaveNHL) November 3, 2015
2. Chicago Blackhawks: 3.17
-Pat Foley (play by play)
-Ed Olczyk (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (61.70% of voters)
Foley and Olcyzk have more exposure than most local crews due to Olcyzk’s work on NBCSN. The network has used the Chicago announcers during the playoffs for Blackhawks games to mostly positive results. They’ve been able to maintain the fine line needed for national games, but some will say they cheer too hard for Chicago. Still, they’re some of the best in the business.
Pat Foley, Doc Emerick, Eddy Olczyk and John Forslund are the best hockey commentators and I'm happy the Hawks have Doc and Edzo today
— Bryan Brandonisio (@COOLNSPOOKY) April 17, 2016
Fortunate to have P. Foley & E. Olczyk on the call on NBCSN #GoHawkies
— AZGeno (@BadgerGeno) April 16, 2016
pat foley and eddie olczyk is easily a bottom 5 booth in the nhl
— nuanced tweeter boy (@rocketnoises) April 20, 2016
— Andy Kemper (@AndyKemper) April 22, 2016
1. Los Angeles Kings: 3.26
-Bob Miller (play by play)
-Nick Nickson (play by play)
-Jim Fox (analyst)
Most popular grade: A (64.32% of voters)
Miller and Fox have been among the best in the business for many years now. And as Miller recovered from heart surgery, Nickson went from radio to television and Kings telecasts didn’t skip a beat. The only bad thing I could say about the Kings broadcasts was when Patrick O’Neal said that Brad Richards was playing in his first Winter Classic when he was actually in his record fifth Classic. But again, that’s nitpicky and not reflective in our grades. Miller and Fox earned the top spot.
LA Kings analyst Jim Fox: I like the physicality.
Play-by-play announcer Bob Miller: That's because you're up here.
— Chris Murrin (@ChrisMurrin) January 18, 2016
I was a kings fan growing up. I still enjoy listening to bob Miller and Jim fox call the games.
— Bryan Grundon (@grundonlaw) January 10, 2016
Now watching Kings-Sens. Any chance to listen to Bob Miller & Jim Fox is a good one. Outstanding broadcast duo.
— Andrew Smith (@crimsonace) December 15, 2015
Big props to Miller and Fox…. Miller didn't say "up to center ice" and he said the other teams names… And Fox didn't fanboi the Kings
— Scott (@smpbowler) September 30, 2015