The NHL Players Association released its annual anonymous players poll on Wednesday morning, and the BB&T Center’s ice was voted the worst in the league.
Of 347 votes, 16.8 percent of players chose the Panthers’ home in Sunrise as having the worst ice in the NHL. The next closest were Gila River Arena in Arizona and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, both with 10.7 percent of the vote. Anaheim was picked as the fourth-worst, and Carolina as the fifth-worst.
Earlier this season, Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler said “We'd be better off going out to the parking lot and playing roller hockey,” after playing in Sunrise in December.
The players chose Montreal’s ice as the best ice in the league (28.0 percent of 350 votes). Of the five best surfaces, four are in Canada and one is in Minnesota.
Aleksander Barkov was voted the fourth most-underrated player in the league, behind Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom, St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov. Barkov picked up 6.0 percent of the 385 votes.