NHL Reverse Retro jerseys: Ranking each team’s newest look for their 2022-23 season alternate sweaters

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The NHL has released its latest round of Reverse Retro jerseys, and that means it is time to overreact online. To be fair, more teams than usual hit it out of the park with these uniforms, but there are still some stinkers out there.

As we all know, nostalgia is a very powerful agent, and the common thread for the big winners on this round of Reverse Retro jerseys was that they all played the hits. Now is not the time for deep cuts or trying to reinvent the wheel.

The teams that failed in this latest exercise tried to do too much – or seemingly didn’t do much at all. Still, those were somewhat few and far between.

The Good

Florida Panthers

The Panthers are one of few teams that have crushed both versions of the Reverse Retro jerseys. Using baby blue as the primary color was an excellent idea, and the palm tree-hockey stick combo was an underrated secondary logo for years. Once the Panthers take the ice in these, it will be underrated no more.

Vancouver Canucks

I’m a sucker for a hockey logo wherein the mascot is actually playing hockey. The Canucks delivered on that front and gave me a fantastic color scheme. The number on the front of the jersey may bother some, but not me. All I see is a cool lumberjack playing some puck.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have a classic logo, but I have a soft spot for the frozen oil drop. I think it’s fun, and Edmonton was able to give it a bit of an update by throwing some orange in there. This was an easy win, and the Oilers didn’t mess this up.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs are another team with two great Reverse Retro looks. They do have a lot of good material to work with between the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado state flag. Having said that, the Avalanche have still executed well, and I think this jersey will look great when they’re dropping six goals on their opponent.

Pittsburgh Penguins

I prefer the Penguins’ current logo (see: Vancouver Canucks), but the realistic penguin isn’t bad by any means. Besides, any logo worn by Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux will bring back a flood of nostalgia. Beyond the logo, this is just a sharp jersey.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have some of the worst regular jerseys in the NHL, but their stable of alternates stacks up with any other team’s. They added to that with the newest Reverse Retro look. The crown is a good logo, but the purple and yellow color scheme takes it to another level. Just make these the permanent road uniforms.

New Jersey Devils

These don’t get me into the holiday spirit quite like the Devils’ first Reverse Retro jersey, but this one also stands out as one of the best. New Jersey has an iconic logo, so no need to change anything up there, and the Rockies colors work for me. If the Reverse Retro series has taught us anything, it’s when in doubt, turn to the team you stole from another city.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets can go back to this well every time they make a new alternate jersey, and I’m going to love it every time. The throwback logo with the current colors gives Winnipeg an icy look, and it will be especially striking during whiteouts at the Canada Life Centre.

Buffalo Sabres

The buffalo head is not quite as intimidating without the red and black color scheme, but the Sabres actually embraced the spirit of the Reverse Retro concept. They brought back an old look with a bit of a modern twist. They get points for that, and the buffalo head remains one of my favorite ridiculous logos in all of sports.

Boston Bruins

The Pooh Bear logo is one of the most polarizing in the NHL, and frankly, it does look pretty bad on its own. However, the entire thing comes together in such absurd fashion that it just works. Besides, if a team simply recreates a jersey that was popular when I was young, they’ve got me on the hook. If you were sensing a theme throughout these rankings, that’s it.

St. Louis Blues

I can’t help but like everything the Blues do with their uniforms. Their color scheme is one of the NHL’s elite, and their throwback looks always seem to land. This jersey does the trick, and I like using yellow as the primary color to change things up a bit.

Montreal Canadiens

This is really just the Canadiens usual jersey in different colors, but two things make that acceptable in my eyes. For starters, these are Montreal Expos colors, which makes this very cool. Secondly, the powder blue looks fantastic. Montreal went simple, and it paid off.

Washington Capitals

In the sake of full disclosure, I am a hypocrite. Later in these rankings, I will criticize other teams for taking its last Reverse Retro jersey and just changing the colors. The Capitals did it here, but this jersey is gorgeous, and that outweighs their laziness.

New York Rangers

The Lady Liberty jerseys are some of my favorite alternates in NHL history. The Rangers went that route on their first Reverse Retro jersey, but they kind of messed it up by going with dark navy all over, except for three stripes on the arm. This time, they brightened up the blue and used more red in the sleeves, and they hit a home run.

New York Islanders

I do not need to look beyond the logo to know that I love these Islanders jerseys. The people wanted fish sticks. They gave us fish sticks. After completely botching their first Reverse Retro uniform, the Isles have absolutely redeemed themselves.

Nashville Predators

Allow me to take off my objective journalist hat and set it to the side for this one. The mustard cat was widely panned when it made its debut in 2001, and I defended it until the day it was retired and beyond. This jersey has become a cult classic in Nashville, and now a new generation will fall in love with the high fashion that is the mustard cat.

Calgary Flames

This is catching some hate online, and I don’t exactly see why. Sure, I was hoping for a white Blasty jersey with the throwback colors, but I kind of like this look as well. Also, it gives me Zebra Stripe vibes, and that is a quality gum.

The Bad

Toronto Maple Leafs

This jersey looks fantastic. It’s gorgeous. It might be my favorite that Toronto has released in a while. Having said that, there is not much Reverse Retro about this. It feels like the Maple Leafs skirted the assignment here, so I have to take points off for not taking a bigger swing.

Anaheim Ducks

Speaking of teams with good jerseys that are being punished, the Ducks have given us a white Mighty Ducks jersey with their current disgusting color scheme. They already have one of these in orange, and while I do like this one more, Anaheim is in timeout until it fully embraces its Mighty roots.

San Jose Sharks

When I heard the Sharks were going to go with a California Golden Seals theme, I got very excited. Then they debuted these, and I was a little underwhelmed. I wanted to love these, but I just can’t for some reason. Maybe it’s the stripes into the armpits.

Vegas Golden Knights

These are far from the worst jerseys that were unveiled today, but I think diagonal letters jumped the shark with C-A-N-E-S (more on that later). From now on, the Rangers and Penguins are the only teams that can do diagonal letters. Vegas has a decent alternate logo. Just slap that in the middle of the jersey.

Arizona Coyotes

I like that the Coyotes have gone back to their kachina jerseys, and I really liked their last Reverse Retro look. However, they just took that one and made it worse. The lack of purple in favor of a more realistic desert look is what sinks this jersey in my eyes.

Dallas Stars

This is an upgrade over the Stars’ last Reverse Retro jerseys, but it still falls somewhere in the bottom half of the league. I like the old logo, but it was lacking something, and at first I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I realized Dallas committed a major blunder by not making the striping and border of the jersey into the shape of a star, as it did in the past.

Carolina Hurricanes

Essentially, the Canes already took their bad road jersey and made it a home jersey. Carolina followed the formula of harkening back to the team you stole last time, and it worked. The Hurricanes decided to blaze their own trail this time, and it led them off a cliff.

Minnesota Wild

Did you love the Wild’s original Reverse Retro jersey? Do you want the exact same thing in green? We have the jersey for you.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators have already made the switch back to this logo full-time, and they have a black home jersey. Ottawa simply added worse numbers and obnoxious striping.

Philadelphia Flyers

Every year, it seems like a team forgot they had to turn in a new jersey and just threw something together at the last minute. This time, it was the Flyers. This just seems like a basic road jersey, but I have to give them credit for adding Cooperalls to the ensemble for warmups.

The Ugly

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning went for it with the old storm uniform. I appreciate them going bold and swinging for the fences. That’s more than I can say for other teams on this list. However, this is a bad jersey. It has always reminded me of a roller hockey uniform, and nothing will ever change that.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Talk about a team in need of a rebrand. I feel for Adidas here because the Blue Jackets have a bottom-tier NHL logo. Columbus already has an incredibly mediocre home jersey, and this didn’t elevate it at all.

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken have all of 87 games of history, so they didn’t have much to work with on this one. The team did call back to the Seattle Ironmen with the two-tone look, but give me something more. Use the alternate logo. Give me a full kraken. On the bright side, the Kraken have some of the best uniforms in the league already. Keep wearing those.

Chicago Blackhawks

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Detroit Red Wings

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