Top 10 Hockey Leagues in the World

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  1. Snippit

    Snippit Registered User

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    I'm particularly curious to see where people think AHL or NCAA ranks on a list like this.

    Just rankings based off of overall quality.

    1. NHL
    2. KHL
    3. AHL
    4. SHL
    5.
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    10.

    Then after that I would be completely guessing
     
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    1. Nhl
    2. Ahl
    3. Khl
    4. Shl
    5. Chl
    6. Ncaa
    7. ???
    8. ???
    9. ???
    10. ???
     
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    1. NHL
    2. KHL
    3. SHL (Sweden)
    4. Liiga (Finland)
    5. NLA (Switzerland)
    6. AHL
    7. Extraliga (Czechia)
    8. DEL (Germany)
    9. Allsvenskan (Sweden)
    10. EBEL (Austria)
     
  4. Snippit

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    Uh, CHL is not above most pro leagues...
     
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    Atticus Finch ***** Pigeons

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    It's also not above the NCAA. But really for a list like this we should maybe just keep it to pro leagues.
     
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    I see it as the quality of players the CHL and NCAA produce compared to other pro leagues. Most of the other pro leagues cant consistently produce talent like the CHL or NCAA does.
    You said quality of the League. That depends on what you mean. If its quality as in competitiveness, then sure I'd rank those above the CHL or NCAA, but if it's as a whole I'd rate the CHL and as of recently the NCAA above those pro leagues.

    Edit: If it's in competition then yea its probably not as good as those pro leagues
    NHL
    KHL
    AHL
    SHL
    Liiga
    NLA
    Extraliga
    Allsvenskan
    DEL
     
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    1. NHL
    2. KHL
    3. AHL
    4. SHL (Sweden)
    5. Liiga (Finland)
    6. NLA (Switzerland)
    7. VHL (Russia, tier 2)
    8. ECHL
    9. Extraliga (Germany)
    10. Allsvenskan (Sweden, tier 2)
     
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    Ofcourse the pro leagues dont produce NHL players. Pro leagues are where NHL aged players play if they weren't quite good enough to make the NHL. A lot of NCAA and CHL players end up playing in the other pro leagues if they cant make the NHL.
     
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    Just meant overall quality of the players/teams, not necessarily development, entertainment, etc. As in, if the average team of X league played average team of X league, who would win?
     
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    AHL is not better league than SHL.
     
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    Disagree.
     
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    SHL vs AHL is an interesting debate

    I lean towards SHL on this one.
     
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    Nhl then if you are not first, you are last.

    Picking the khl as #2 belies the HUGE difference between the two leagues.
     
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    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    :laugh: The ECHL would eat them up!

    Guys like this have played in the ECHL:

    Alex Burrows
    Cory Conacher
    Michael Ryder
    Rich Peverley
    David Desharnais
    Derek Boogaard
    Ruslan Fedotenko
    Andrew Brunette
    Dan Girardi
    Mark Streit
    Francois Beauchemin
    Deryk Engelland
    Joe Corvo
    Jonathan Quick
    Braden Holtby
    Jaroslav Halak
    Tim Thomas
    Tomas Vokoun
    Manny Legace
    Martin Biron
     
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    1. Nhl
    2. KHL
    3. SHL
    4. AHL
    5. SM Liiga
    6. Czech extraliga
    7. NLA
    8. DEL
    9. NCAA
    10. Tie between ECHL and Allsvenskan
     
  16. iginlafan77

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    NHL
    KHL
    SHL
    AHL
    SM-Liiga
    Czech Extraliga
    NLA
    DEL
    EBEL
    ECHL
    EIHL
    Allsvenskan

    A little more than 10 in that list.
     
  17. KirkW

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    This one actually looks pretty good! Although your 9th spot is fishy (Extraliga is Czech not Germany, and I'd actually put it behind the DEL).

    And for all those posters mentioning American college hockey:
    The NCAA isn't really even a league in the traditional sense, but rather an association of various leagues (conferences, and divisions), who's level of play varies substantially.
    The top programs of strong conferences are very, very good hockey teams, but on average, I'd say the CHL (itself also not really a league!), are easily better (that despite having younger players).
     
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