Tomorrow night the Golden Knights AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will play in the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Obviously, winning a championship is always good, no matter what level it’s at, but just how well does winning the Calder Cup translate to future success for their NHL parent club? The answer is… not so well.
Here is what the last 10 Calder Cup Champions have seen their parent club do over the next three seasons.
|Year||Calder Cup Winner||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|17-18||Toronto (TOR)||1st Round||N/A||N/A|
|16-17||Grand Rapids (DET)||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs||N/A|
|15-16||Lake Erie (CBJ)||1st Round||1st Round||2nd Round|
|14-15||Manchester (LAK)||1st Round||Missed Playoffs||1st Round|
|13-14||Texas (DAL)||Missed Playoffs||2nd Round||Missed Playoffs|
|12-13||Grand Rapids (DET)||1st Round||1st Round||1st Round|
|11-12||Norfolk (TB)||Missed Playoffs||1st Round||Cup Final|
|10-11||Binghamton (OTT)||1st Round||2nd Round||Missed Playoffs|
|09-10||Hershey (WSH)||2nd Round||2nd Round||1st Round|
|08-09||Hershey (WSH)||1st Round||2nd Round||2nd Round|
And the same table with Calder Cup Final runners-up.
|Year||Calder Cup Runner-Up||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|17-18||Texas (DAL)||1st Round||N/A||N/A|
|16-17||Syracuse (TBL)||3rd Round||1st Round||N/A|
|15-16||Hershey (WSH)||2nd Round||*Stanley Cup*||1st Round|
|14-15||Utica (VAN)||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs|
|13-14||St. Johns (WPG)||1st Round||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs|
|12-13||Syracuse (TBL)||1st Round||Cup Final||3rd Round|
|11-12||Toronto (TOR)||1st Round||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs|
|10-11||Houston (MIN)||Missed Playoffs||1st Round||2nd Round|
|09-10||Texas (DAL)||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs||Missed Playoffs|
|08-09||Manitoba (VAN)||2nd Round||Cup Final||1st Round|
So, over the past 10 years, only one team that has participated in the Calder Cup Final have seen their parent club win a Stanley Cup within three years of their AHL playoff run.
To make matters worse, you can extend it out to six years from the time the AHL team makes the Calder Cup Final, and there’s still only one team in the previous 10 years to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
That being said, of the 55 seasons listed in the tables, only 18 teams missed the playoffs.
All in all though, the next couple of weeks of hockey for the Chicago Wolves aren’t exactly about winning for the Golden Knights perspective.
This does not mean the games are not important and/or interesting to watch. Individual players who stand out in the Calder Cup Playoffs often go on to have success in the NHL. Here’s a list of a the last 10 Calder Cup Playoff MVP’s.