For those that have missed this segment, this is a weekly series on Anaheim Calling to take a look at how various players on the team have fared. I will arbitrarily rank a random topic along on a scale of 1 to 5 stars and place different Ducks within the categories based on their performance over the past week. My reasoning for the rating of the Ducks will be based on stats, results, and probably some of my bias. My reasoning for the rating of the random topic will be completely biased #dealwithit. I will elaborate more on some players than others. I expect everyone to probably disagree with me on both topics and all of my takes will be outed. If there is something you would like me to rank please feel free to leave it in the comments. On to the fun!
I have started to put out the call on Twitter for ranking suggestions and the people have delivered. I have a solid list of ideas for the upcoming weeks, but the one that stuck out to me for this week was from @MKton31. He suggest classic Nickelodeon TV shows and as a child of the 90s, I am definitely the person best suited to properly rank these shows. The only issue is this is a fairly broad topic, so to make my life easier I am zooming in on Nicktoons. I will focus on live action shows in a future ranking. Like past weeks, these rankings are 100% correct and no one can tell me otherwise.
A quick housekeeping note: I have decided for ease of research to start using Naturalstattrick for the skaters stats. As a result I will be using SCF% and HDCF% instead of xGF%. In theory, SCF% and HDCF% should tell us a similar story as xGF%.
5 Stars: Rugrats
Rugrats was my go to show as a kid and I would basically watch it every day. The adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and the evil Angelica were always so entertaining. The ability of the show to take what would be a mundane task and turn into a great adventure for these toddlers is what made the show special. I also want to mention that this was one of the only cartoons to have Jewish specials in the 90s, which was always so cool for me being a Jew. Their Passover special is still one of my favorite episodes ever.
Corey Perry - #Perryisstillgood. Perry this week was a bit of a lightning rod in Ducks fandom. He was demoted to the “fourth line” with Vermette and Wagner because the eye test seemed to show he was bad. Well almost every stat seems to refute that. Individually he had a goal and a primary assist for 2 points in the 3 games and had 15 shots on goal, 17 individual shot attempts, 17 individual scoring chances, and 12 individual high danger shots in all situations. These shot totals were all either first or second on the team. On top of that his on ice numbers were solid. He was below 50% in CF% (45%), but was at 59% in SCF% and 77% HDCF%. Those numbers are definitely #stillgood.
Rickard Rakell & Ryan Getzlaf - “Getzlaaaaaf, just set a goal, put the puck on Ricky’s stick, pulled the trigger, now he’s slick,” (to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody). Getzlaf had just another monster week. He put up 2 goals and 3 primary assists for 5 primary points in 3 games this week. Rakell had 2 goals and 1 secondary assist for 3 points in 3 games this week. Both of these players were above 50% in CF%, SCF%, and HDCF%.
Adam Henrique - Henrique caught fire this week. He was at or above 50% in CF%, SCF% and HDCF%. On top of that Henrique had 2 goals, 1 primary assist, and 1 secondary assist for 4 points in the 3 games.
J.T. Brown & Andrew Cogliano - These two put together an impressive week. Both guys were above 60% in CF%, SCF%, and HDCF%. Brown had a goal and a secondary assist, while Cogs had a goal and a primary assist. If these two can keep up this strong play for the rest of the season, the Ducks will have a strong chance to go deep in the playoffs.
4 Stars: Rocket Power
I almost gave this show a 5 star rating but knocked it down to 4 because it did not have the longevity of Rugrats (Rugrats lasted 9 seasons, while Rocket Power lasted 3). Rocket Power felt like a show that was specifically written for me and my passions. I have always loved watching and participating in extreme sports, like surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, etc., and those extreme sports were the back bone of the show. Rocket Power chronicled the adventures of a group of beach bum kids and the trouble/fun they would get into.
Francois Beauchemin & Brandon Montour - This D Pair had a solid week. They were both above 50% in CF%, SCF%, HDCF%, and GF%
Josh Manson & Hampus Lindholm - This D pair had another steady week. They were well above 50% in CF%, SCF%, and HDCF%. The only knock on them is Lindholm was below 50% in GF%, but they were going against the top competition.
Ryan Kesler - Kesler had a good week. He was right around 50% in CF% and SCF%, and he produced a goal this week. It seems like he is starting to get back up to speed.
Chris Wagner & Antoine Vermette - These two were perfectly good for fourth liners this week. They were both above 50% in shot based metrics, but produced no points on the week.
Ondrej Kase - Kase had a good week. He was bumped up to the Getzlaf line at times, but was never given the opportunity to really settle in on that line. He was above 50% in most shot metrics and produced one point. He was good this week but not great.
3 Stars: Hey Arnold!/The Fairly Oddparents
I expect Hey Arnold! being at 3 stars to be controversial to some people. I mean I told my fiancee that I would be putting Hey Arnold! at three stars and she is starting to have second thoughts about marrying me now! I liked the show and found it entertaining, but it was never a show I would go out of my way to watch. It is the perfectly average Nicktoon. I also put The Fairly Oddparents in this category out of respect for that show giving me the best quote to say at a theme park [“At Escalator Land, Timmy and his parents are riding an escalator”]
Timmy: When do we get to the ride?
Mr. Turner: This IS the ride! Whee!!”
Cam Fowler - Cam had an up and down week. He produced two points in all situations on the week, but was also on the ice for 4 goals against and no goals for this week at ES. He was also below 50% in CF%. I am giving him 3 stars this week instead of lower because it has become apparent he is being brought down by being paired with Bieksa.
2 Stars: Catdog/Angry Beavers
These two shows are probably two of the most forgettable Nicktoons. They were not horrible, but they were not that fun either. For that they both get two stars.
Nick Ritchie - Ritchie on the surface had a decent week. He had a goal, and was above 50% in CF% and HDCF%, but was below 50% in SCF%. What brings him down to 2 stars is his GF%. He was at 20% GF% with 1 GF and 4 GA. On top of that he had a few real bad turnovers that led to goals against.
Jakob Silfverberg - Silfverberg had a bit of an off week. He did not exactly pass my eye test and the stats back that up. He was one of the few Ducks below 50% in SCF and was on the ice for more goals against than for.
1 Star: Rugrats: All Grown Up
Rugrats: All Grown Up was a complete travesty. This show turned all the lovable toddlers from Rugrats into angsty pre teens. Part of the joy of Rugrats was seeing these toddlers view of the world. Trying to do that with pre teens just did not work
Kevin Bieksa - Bieksa is back in his traditional spot of 1 star. He was below 50% in CF%, produced 0 points, and was on the ice for 4 goals against and none for at ES. Bieksa is a turnover machine and it is painful to watch him.
John Gibson - This has not happened very often this season, but Gibson was not great this week. He had a -3.39 GSAA against the Sharks, a slightly positive GSAA against the Rangers and then a slightly negative GSAA against the Jets. Without that Sharks game it would have just been an average week from him, but his performance in that game brought him down to 1 star. These types of performances have not happened that often this season so I expect him to bounce back.
Unranked: Spongebob Squarepants
It is way too difficult to rank Spongebob because it has changed so much over the years. The show started in 1999 and is still putting out new episodes.
Ryan Miller (No games started, but two appearances), Korbinian Holzer (Played 1 game).