NHL Style Rankings: 2024 Playoffs Edition

NHL Style Rankings: 2024 Playoffs Edition

NHL Style Rankings: 2024 Playoffs Edition

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    David Pastrňák.

    David Pastrňák.Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Folks, NHL fashion has hit the mainstream radar, and not in the best way.

    Popular menswear writer and men’s fashion Twitter account @dieworkwear, who tries his best to not ruffle any feathers, couldn’t help but take issue with some of the Dallas Stars’ Western Conference Final attire choices.

    derek guy @dieworkwear

    i love everyone but we need to find who is selling clothes to athletes and arrest them https://t.co/YH9qeKVmzT

    “I love everyone,” he wrote, “but we need to find who is selling clothes to athletes and arrest them.”

    Look, by and large, he isn’t wrong. Part of the reason I started these rankings a few seasons ago was to encourage the few players who stood out from the crowd, had above-average tailoring, and/or weren’t afraid to stray from the, frankly, subpar norm. Since then, more and more players are stepping up, but you won’t find any of them in the photo referenced.

    There are still ways to go when it comes to fashion in the NHL, but let’s take a look at 10 players who have actually done it right throughout the 2024 playoffs before the puck drops on the Stanley Cup Finals.

10. Vincent Trocheck, New York Rangers

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the New York Rangers watches the puck during a face off in the first period against the Florida Panthers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

    x – New York Rangers @NYRangers

    Ready to work. pic.twitter.com/feozb1Jllh

    Styled by Gentleman’s Playbook, Trocheck has really broken out in the NHL fashion scene in the past few seasons. Love the confidence here as he’s rocking two decidedly different patterns, but the tailoring and color schemes mesh so well that it’s a calculated risk that sits well with the eyeballs.

9. Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

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    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 30:  Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes arrives prior to Game Five of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on April 30, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images

    Sebastian Aho is the perfect example of a player who has stepped up tailoring and color selection without having to “force” it or trying too hard to fit a style or trend that isn’t true to himself. I love this take on stripes — a classic pattern with a slightly unconventional color that really suits him. Then you have the two-toned nature with the true blue on the suit and the darker blue with the tie.

    If you’re ever looking to elevate a suit without doing too much, two-toned looks are the way.

8. Max Domi, Toronto Maple Leafs

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    MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 06:  Max Domi #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates the puck during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on April 6, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

    Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

    It doesn’t get much more “Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs” than a Hockey Night In Canada jacket. Loved that personal touch here from Max Domi, who is generally among the best-dressed NHLers day-to-day. Too bad we never got to see his second-round looks.

    Toronto Maple Leafs @MapleLeafs

    For Bob 💙 pic.twitter.com/UNBwrJVUdz

7. Jason Zucker, Nashville Predators

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    VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 30: Nashville Predators left wing Jason Zucker (16) waits for a face off during Game Five of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks on April 30, 2024, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. (Photo by Ethan Cairns/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Ethan Cairns/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    This post-trend print on Jason Zucker isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly for me. The texture combination with the shoes and the rest of the fit really ties it all together.

    Nashville Predators @PredsNHL

    A moment for the suit❕ pic.twitter.com/2GPJ7SBt9g

6. K’Andre Miller, New York Rangers

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: New York Rangers Defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) in action prior to the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Second Round game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers on May 5, 2024 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    I always want a little more from K’Andre Miller because he is the master of complete fits, hats, accessories and all. But perhaps the whole “wanting more” thing is the hallmark of truly balanced, understated fashion. He’s whispering, not screaming, and he’s beyond consistent.

    Courtesy Puckempire and stylenhl on Instagram

    x – New York Rangers @NYRangers

    On the home front. pic.twitter.com/Zcyj0K3aTU

5. David Pastrňák, Boston Bruins

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    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 12:  David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins arrives before the game against the Florida Panthers in Game Four of the Second Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by China Wong/NHLI via Getty Images)

    China Wong/NHLI via Getty Images

    The King of Originality did it again through the Bruins’ two playoff rounds this postseason. There were several distinctly “Pastrnak” looks, but this robe-inspired look with a built-in belt around the waist is now one of my all-time favorites from Pastrnak. It’s original without doing too much, it’s innovative in the way the rest of the actual fashion world is trending right now, and it’s a bit understated — which is the opposite of his usual M.O. with a new look.

    I also loved the take on the all-black with a pop of pastel for the hat. Things that others might not pull off work for him, per usual.

    Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

    Friday night fit check 👔 pic.twitter.com/t5eOyBcaxI

    Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

    Saucy🍝 pic.twitter.com/ix6M4cCXtY

    Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

    Suited up for Game 2. pic.twitter.com/B0bpK6cL00

4. Evander Kane, Edmonton Oilers

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - JUNE 02: Evander Kane #91 of the Edmonton Oilers warms up before a game against the before the game against the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on June 02, 2024 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Leila Devlin/Getty Images)

    Leila Devlin/Getty Images

    King of the Flash, we’re lucky to have Kane’s Stanley Cup Finals outfits heading into the big stage. This number above was a highlight of the first three rounds, an impressionist take on the regal suit style he knows and loves.

    Courtesy Edmonton Oilers on Instagram.

3. Nikita Zadorov, Vancouver Canucks

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 20: Nikita Zadorov #91 of the Vancouver Canucks walks to the Canucks dressing room before Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena on May 20, 2024 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

    Nikita Zadorov is who he is, likes what he likes, and doesn’t give a damn what any of us think about it. He’s emerging as one of the big, refreshing personalities in the NHL for this reason, and his penchant for double-breasted suits is coming right along with him.

    I’ve been a critic of his looks because of the mock turtleneck aspect of it all, but he seemed to ditch those for the playoffs. I’m officially on board.

    Vancouver Canucks @Canucks

    Suited 🆙 for 4. pic.twitter.com/6ifF9JdpNT

    Vancouver Canucks @Canucks

    Fresh on a Friday. 😎 pic.twitter.com/apOJ2SaaX7

    Vancouver Canucks @Canucks

    Seize the moment.#AllTogether. All In. pic.twitter.com/vtXBLKReT4

2. Matthew Tkachuk, Florida Panthers

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    SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 21: Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Florida Panthers walks onto the ice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game One of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amerant Bank Arena on April 21, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

    Leave it to Matthew Tkachuk, the most clutch playoff player in the game, to do the “dressing for a funeral” thing and actually pull it off. To the Finals he and his mullet go.

    Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

    Suited. pic.twitter.com/VZe5UtVS5J

    Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

    Back to it. pic.twitter.com/oQzTb1Sb14

1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

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    DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 31: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers is seen on the ice against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on May 31, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

    There’s something poetic about the best player in the world not only not dressing for a funeral, but being nervous and/or superstitious enough to dress in his “lucky” suit three times in a row on the way to punching the Oilers’ ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. Of course, McDavid set the tone five minutes into Game 6 with a goal to send Edmonton past Dallas, but he wasn’t taking any chances with the pre-game suit.

    B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

    Connor McDavid isn’t a little stitious… he’s superstitious 🤣 pic.twitter.com/w1TvIw2QbY

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