The weekly rankings are back!!!!! For those who missed this segment last season, this is a weekly series on Anaheim Calling to take a look at how various players on the team have fared. I will 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!
Halloween is coming up next week (Don’t worry I have an actual Halloween themed topic for next week), which made me realize I have never forced my candy opinions on all of you poor souls! So this week I will be ranking chocolate candy bars, aka Snickers, Reese’s, Milky Way, etc. As always, these rankings are 100% correct, and no one can tell me otherwise.
5 Stars: Snickers/Twix
This was too close of a decision that I had to put both Snickers and Twix in the 5-star range. Both of these candies exemplify what a 5-star chocolate candy bar should be. They are delicious, never get old, bring something different to the table, and did I mention delicious? With a Snickers, its that mix of the chocolate, nut, caramel, and nougat; while with the Twix, it is the mix of the chocolate, caramel, and cookie. Now I want a Twix and a Snickers!
John Gibson - At this point I should just write John Gibson’s name and nothing else. You all know why he is getting 5 stars. No reason to add stats to it.
4 Stars: Milky Way
Milky Ways are a delicious alternative to the Snickers bar. It eliminates the nuts from the equation and gives you just chocolate, caramel, and nougat. They are not as reliable as a Snickers or Twix, but if you are in the right mood, oh boy do they hit the spot.
Ben Street - Ryan Getzlaf - Pontus Aberg - This blurb will be mainly about Getzlaf, because we all know he was the real driver of this line, while they were together. Getzlaf had a really solid weekend, after making his return against the Vegas Golden Knights. Somehow with the Ducks getting absolutely shellacked in shot attempts against by the Knights and Sabres, Getzlaf came out of the week with a CF% of 54% and a SCF% of 52%. He also had 8 individual shot attempts in the two games, which is a good sign that he may start to shoot the puck more this season. Not a spectacular return to lineup, but it was very good.
3 Stars: Kit Kat
A Kit Kat is the exact definition of a 3-star candy to me. It is perfectly average. Not great but not bad. They are solid.
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Rickard Rakell - None of these three players were above 50% in CF%, SCF%, or HDCF%, with some of them being around the 40% mark. The only saving grace for this line is the production. Kesler was able to pot two goals against the Islanders, Rakell had a primary and a secondary assist, and Cogliano had a primary assist. On top of this Rakell led the Ducks in individual shot attempts with 18 of them over the three games.
Isac Lundestrom - Sam Steel - Kiefer Sherwood - This line had a wide ranging week (I will admit they may not have played together on a line all week, but for simplicity I am lumping them together). Kiefer Sherwood was good relative to the rest of the Ducks (48% CF%) and put up a goal, Sam Steel was alright (43% CF%) and put up a goal and a primary assist, and Lundestrom had a rough three games (30% CF%). So as a whole I will put them in the three star range.
2 Stars: Baby Ruth
Oof! Now we start getting into rough waters. A Baby Ruth isn’t necessarily awful, but I am not sure I have ever had a Baby Ruth and thought this is sooooooo good. In theory it should be good. It is a similar composition to a Snickers, but something just does not come out right with it. I really have to be desperate for some chocolate in order to open a Baby Ruth open.
Luke Schenn - This might be shocking, but Schenn actually had a solid week in the two games he played in. He was at 45% CF%, 50% SCF%, and 45% HDCF%. Now you might wonder why I excluded him from the 5 1 star defenseman below, if his stats are marginally better. Well I wanted to provide some slight recognition to him improving his game, seeing as the first week I had him at 1 star.
Maxime Comtois - Adam Henrique - Brian Gibbons - The right wing on this line was in flux throughout the week, but similar to the kid line I have included Gibbons for simplicity. Comtois and Henrique still put up some points, with Comtois having 2 primary assists and Henrique having a goal. This slight production was not enough to make up for their poor play at 5v5. All three of these players were at or below 40% CF%, at or below 30% SCF%, and at or below 20% HDCF%. This is really bad. If they had put up goose eggs on the scoresheets, then they would have been in the one star range.
1 Star: Almond Joy
Almond Joy’s are awful. If I could, I would shoot all of them into the sun.
Brandon Montour, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson, Cam Fowler, Marcus Pettersson - I may have gone a bit easy on all of the defenseman so far in my rankings, so in this ranking I am going to be a bit harsh. Yes defense is more than just the defenseman, but none of these guys has helped the team’s defense. All 5 of these defenseman were under 50% CF% and well under 50% in SCF% and HDCF%. A lot will need to be cleaned up by these 5 players if the team is to be successful.
Unranked: See’s Candy Assortment
These aren’t exactly rankable, but I wanted to mention them and how much fun it is to play See’s Roulette around the holidays.
Andrej Sustr (1 Game Played), Troy Terry (1 Game Played), Joseph Blandisi (1 Game Played) Ryan Miller (1 Game Started)