Apparently, the bandwagon is starting to fill up! According to a new study, the New Jersey Devils have one of the fastest-growing fanbases in all of the NHL.

The numbers were crunched by Betway by looking at the increase of social media followers year to year. For the Devils, that was a healthy 22.16% increase, good enough to place second among NHL teams, following just one team, the Stanley Cup runner-up Florida Panthers.

@NJDevils via Twitter
@NJDevils via Twitter

The Devils’ first-round win over their archrival, the New York Rangers, has apparently stoked more interest in one of the best young teams in the league.

With a core of budding stars like Jack Hughes (ok, he’s already a star), his brother Luke, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, and Timo Meier, the Devils, under Lindy Ruff, look well positioned to compete for the Cup for years to come.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were third with an increase of 18.91%. Meanwhile, ranking fourth, we have a newly founded franchise the Seattle Kraken, whose fanbase has continued to grow since entering the NHL in 2021 – now 13.84% stronger than last September. And, rounding out the top five, the Anaheim Ducks’ Instagram following has risen by an impressive 11.7% – marginally more than the Carolina Hurricanes (11.69%).

At the other end of the table, the Calgary Flames have seen the slowest rate of growth over the last 12 months, with their Instagram fanbase rising by just 1.35%. They’re joined towards the bottom of our list by the St. Louis Blues (2.47%), Washington Capitals (2.76%), Philadelphia Flyers (2.85%), and Tampa Bay Lightning (2.9%).

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