Ralph and Razor come in at Number One!
(1) Dallas -- Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh
If there's one landing spot I'm absolutely certain of, it's the combination of Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh at number one. I'll go as far as suggesting that Strangis and Reaugh single-handedly make the Dallas Stars a better watch -- that's an incredibly tough feat considering that most of the intrigue emanating from an organization is how strong or weak of a product is iced on a yearly basis. These two could turn croquet into must-watch television.
There's not a single-flaw to the broadcast, and both Strangis and Reaugh are at the top of the list in their respective fields. Strangis' works through the game like a chef works through a five-course meal, consistently making accurate and relevant information readily available to the viewer. If he's talking, you should be listening. I learn something from the man daily, and find his call to be one of the most enthralling and alluring in sports -- not just hockey.
Reaugh is your analyst's analyst. The guy would beat the living hell out of his father if it was his father in the wrong. He's the most thoroughly objective analyst I've seen working since the lockout lifted in 2004, calling a spade a spade, a spade a spade, and -- well, a spade a spade. When he steps in, you prepare for an educational experience that you won't get anywhere else. Credit his attention to detail to a hockey upbringing and subsequent fight for every minute at the professional level. Reaugh wasn't a talented professional on the ice, but he used it as a learning experience and carved out an even-better niche up in the booth. He's also one of the most intelligent men in the field, which certainly helps with his delivery.