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Cup Winner Rank in Conference, 1980-2009

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A reader asked me about this.  I thought it was interesting, and I'm not sure everyone has quite internalized it.  The average seed to win the cup?  2.14 in their conference.  No team seeded lower than 5th has won it since the WHA days:

 

Year Team Points Conf.Seed
2009 Pit 99 T-4
2008 Det 115 1
2007 Ana 110 T-2
2006 Car 112 2
2004 Tam 106 1
2003 NJD 108 2
2002 Det 116 1
2001 Col 118 1
2000 NJD 103 2
1999 Dal 114 1
1998 Det 103 2
1997 Det 94 3
1996 Col 104 2
1995 NJD 52 T-5
1994 NYR 112 1
1993 Mtl 102 4
1992 Pit 87 4
1991 Pit 88 3
1990 Edm 90 2
1989 Cgy 117 1
1988 Edm 99 2
1987 Edm 106 1
1986 Mtl 87 5
1985 Edm 109 1
1984 Edm 119 1
1983 NYI 96 4
1982 NYI 118 1
1981 NYI 110 1
1980 NYI 91 2

 

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