Yesterday NHL Networks posted this:

And I don’t even know why, where it comes from, and if it was a twitter poll or something else. This does not matter because this is a ranked list, and all ranked lists are bad. Except one.

So, instead of talking about hockey, because there is none, I will now complain about the top 10 ranked lists from least to most annoying. No wait. That’s partly why they’re annoying. You hold on to find out the number one. No, like NHL Network, I’m starting at the top. (Also, you can’t do backwards numbered lists in our CMS.)

  1. Any ranked list that purports to be about NHL players, but is actually a measure of the size of fanbases like the silliness up above. Why is this the worst? Because it tells you there’s a lot of people willing to admit Connor McDavid is better than everyone else, and also that there’s a lot of people in New York City and not many in Buffalo. It’s Wikipedia population statistics done through hockey player names. Interpretive dance would be more entertaining.
  2. Draft prospect lists assembled when the prospects a year older haven’t even been drafted yet. I can barely take regular draft lists and the endless fervent belief in the ability to objectively compare a Swedish goalie to a Russian defenceman to a Canadian winger. Do them when the players are all 16 and 17 and it risks turning into trainspotting, not player analysis.
  3. Draft prospect lists that go deeper than the top 100. Okay, to be frank, anything that goes over about 35 names makes me tired, but once you’re into the “and everyone else” territory, your entire list becomes a cruel mockery of the ones that do stop before it gets silly. No one, no not you who has seen all those videos, and no not you either who has done the live viewings (gag), really know the difference between 100 or so junior hockey players in 14 different countries. Stop it.
  4. Best player of all time lists are also really stupid. I hate them, and I hate them particularly because you, person that made one, you looked up points for guys like Ken Randall who played in 1919, and hockey wasn’t even the same game then. Besides, some oik always comes along to claim Gretzky wasn’t that great because the goalies were bad then, and then I get really mad. Gretzky wasn’t that great because Jari Kurri was the real star, and you kids today just don’t get that.
  5. Any list that involves jerseys. Historical, international, retro, fake retro, current. I hate all these lists, because most NHL jerseys are deeply horrible and most of them should be tied for last on these lists with about two or three that aren’t grotesque topping the list, but no one ever does that. Also people like the Mighty Ducks logo and that always makes me annoyed.
  6. Which reminds me: Lists of hockey movies. The Cutting Edge, Breakfast with Scot, turn the TV off. That’s the list. All the rest are stupid. If you want to stretch the definition, I’ll accept Chak De! India.
  7. All current player rankings are, by nature, bad. They are born bad, they stay bad, and even if I agree with them, they’re bad. But goalie ranked lists are the worst because they always end up as a list sorted by wins.
  8. Any list that uses the term “power rankings” is annoying, bad, and they should all be printed out and burned in a firepit in a midwinter ritual. It’s just a pretty euphemism for recency bias and they’re designed to make more people agree with them more than the other sort.
  9. Prospect rankings by team are annoying. Not as annoying as draft rankings, but they become a way for fans to yell about how their prospects are great and all the rest suck. They’ve never even heard of half of their own, and they know nothing about any other team’s draft picks other than who got Lafreniere. The entire exercise tells you which teams had high draft picks lately, and not much else.
  10. Ranked lists of the player’s pets are fine, as long as all of the pets are tied for first. This is the only nearly not annoying ranked list format allowed.

And now the one, the only ranked list that is fun. The Top 25 Under 25, now with more real people and fewer unused draft picks in it! Yes, we are going to fill this winter of our hockey-less discontent with a repeat T25 vote and countdown. There is precedence for this, the very first year of the T25 had two lists in it, one in-season and one post-season.

The planning for this is about as firm right now as the NHL’s proposed start date for the next season. So we’re easing into it today with the list of eligible players, because that’s fun, and also, you get to edit it for me to see if I forgot anyone or spelled some names wrong.

Without further ado, the NHL contracted or drafted players under 25 on August 1 of this year:

November T25 Eligibility List

PlayerSummer 2020 RankBirth DateNationalityPosition
William Nylander3May 1, 1996SwedenW/C
Adam Brooks11May 6, 1996CanadaC
Pierre Engvall9May 31, 1996SwedenW/C
Egor Korshkov17July 10, 1996RussiaW
Travis Dermott8December 22, 1996CanadaLD
Denis Malgin16January 18, 1997SwitzerlandW
Vladimir BobylevNRApril 18, 1997RussiaW
Mitch Marner2May 5, 1997CanadaW
Joseph Duszak19July 22, 1997USARD
Nikolai ChebykinNRAugust 1, 1997RussiaW
Auston Matthews1September 17, 1997USAC
Kristians RubinsNRDecember 11, 1997LatviaLD
Vladislav KaraNRApril 20, 1998RussiaC
JD GreenwayNRApril 27, 1998USALD
Joey AndersonN/AJune 19, 1998USARW
Joseph WollNRJuly 12, 1998USAG
Mac Hollowell22September 26, 1998CanadaRD
Ian ScottNRJanuary 11, 1999CanadaG
Eemeli RasanenNRMarch 6, 1999FinlandRD
Pontus Holmberg18March 9, 1999SwedenC/W
Ryan O’ConnellNRApril 25, 1999CanadaLD
Timothy Liljegren7April 30, 1999SwedenRD
Nicholas Abruzzese 13June 4, 1999USAC
Filip Král20October 20, 1999Czech RepublicLD
Semyon KizimovNRJanuary 19, 2000RussiaC/W
Rasmus Sandin4March 7, 2000SwedenLD
Axel RindellN/AApril 23, 2000FinlandRD
Filip HållanderN/AJune 29, 2000SwedenLW
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev15September 15, 2000RussiaC/W
Mikko Kokkonen12January 18, 2001FinlandLD
Kalle LoponenNRMarch 13, 2001FinlandRD
Mikhail Abramov14March 26, 2001RussiaC
Michael KosterNRApril 13, 2001USALD
John FuscoN/AJune 12, 2001USALD
Nicholas Robertson5September 11, 2001USAW
Veeti MiettinenN/ASeptember 20, 2001FinlandRW
Rodion AmirovN/AOctober 2, 2001RussiaLW
Artur Akhtyamov N/AOctober 31, 2001RussiaG
Roni HirvonenN/AJanuary 10, 2002FinlandC
Ryan TverbergN/AJanuary 30, 2002CanadaC
William VilleneuveN/AMarch 20, 2002CanadaRD
Topi NiemeläN/AMay 25, 2002FinlandRD
Wyatt SchingoetheN/AAugust 3, 2002USAC
Dmitri OvchinnikovN/AAugust 19, 2002RussiaF
Joe MillerN/ASeptember 15, 2002USAF

We will definitely have a community vote, and I need to find a site to run that on. We will have a masthead + extras vote, and we need to find the extras, so if you want to nominate someone for us to ask, do so. Also, please tell me if I missed anyone.

Our tentative schedule for this is to get the voting going by the end of this week, since we don’t need to think too much about this, we did that already. When I have this figured out more, and I’m ready to open the community vote, I will let you know.

In the meantime, get ready to be mad about who voted for which player at what ranking and to declare who is the next Wayne Simmonds. (Hopefully the old Wayne Simmonds, but I digress...)