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!
In the Twitch stream of the Anaheim Calling podcast, STFUShane started mentioning various breakfast food chains, and it got me thinking. I have never ranked places like that before and, as someone who loves breakfast, I decided this would be my next ranking. Consider this me doing everyone a favor by telling you the good and the bad of breakfast places! (To be clear these have to be chains, not a one and done type of shop) As always, these rankings are 100% correct, and no one can tell me otherwise.
5 Stars: Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles
This will definitely be controversial to some due to them not thinking Roscoe’s is breakfast or them saying it’s not a chain. Well I respond with: my rankings my rules... and 7 locations is enough for me! So Roscoe’s is absolutely delicious. As you could guess, my go-to there is, well, the chicken and waffles. Their waffles have a slight hint of cinnamon to them that mixes perfectly with the fried chicken and maple syrup. To those that have never tried this combo, it might seem a bit insane, but it is clearly a match made in heaven. Also for those people looking for other delicious items there, give the biscuits and gravy a try.
Patrick Eaves - So this ranking has nothing to do with how he actually played, but how hard he had to battle in order to make it back into a NHL game. It was great to see The Beard back on the ice in a Ducks sweater and I hope we can continue to see him on the ice for the Ducks this season.
Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Pontus Aberg - A portion of the Ducks’ fanbase will probably be really excited to see Aberg, along with Getzlaf and Rakell, in the 5-star range and all three completely deserve it. [Editor’s note: Rakell is the cinnamon to Getzy’s waffle! Aberg is the sweet syrup we didn’t know we needed for perfection to occur.] Aberg and Rakell ended the week around 60% CF%, 53% SCF%, and 75% HDCF% and while Getzlaf did not end up with as great of numbers due to missing Aberg and Rakell’s best game shot metric-wise, all 3 racked up the points. Getzlaf had 1 primary assist and 2 secondary assists for 3 points, Rakell had 1 goal and 3 primary assists, and Aberg had 2 goals. Really good week from these 3.
Cam Fowler - I am going to ignore his shot metrics for this ranking (They were pretty meh 47% CF%, 47% SCF%, and 42% HDCF%). Fowler posted 5 points in 3 games this week, while scoring only the 3rd hat trick by a defenseman in Ducks history. Props to Cam.
4 Stars: Norm’s
Norm’s is constantly overlooked in the landscape of breakfast food chains, and I am not standing for it anymore!! Someone has to stick up for the little guy. Norms is delicious. Their french toast along with their hash browns are my go-to. Also it does not hurt that they have a meal called a Lumberjack, which for some reason amuses me. Norm’s is definitely above average.
John Gibson - Gibson did not have a super human week like he did early in the season but he still was solid. He posted a 0.920 sv% in the two games he played.
3 Stars: IHOP
IHOP is average. There I said it! It isn’t bad, but it isn’t anything special. Their pancakes are fine as are the other dishes. Also on a brief side-note, does anyone actually use the non-maple syrups that IHOP puts on the table??? I know I don’t.
Brian Gibbons - Adam Henrique - Kiefer Sherwood - These three had a decent week. All three were around a 50% CF% and 50% SCF%. Henrique and Sherwood both had points. It was solid but nothing spectacular.
Jacob Larsson, Hampus Lindholm, Brandon Monotur, Marcus Pettersson, Andy Welinski - Yep, I am putting all of the D men not named Cam Fowler in the same boat, because they all put up respectable and decent numbers over the week. Nobody was awful and nobody was great in this group. The only qualifier I will add is that the three games were not against the strongest opponents ever. I want to see what all of these guys will do when they are fully tested.
2 Stars: Denny’s
Dennys ain’t great folks. Their bacon and pancakes, along with really any other item there, tastes under cooked and just looks so meh. I don’t straight up say no to Denny’s when it is brought up as a possible breakfast place to go to, but I will look up what else is in the area.
Isac Lundestrom & Ben Street - These two were not that great this week. And the only thing keeping them from 1-star was a disastrous error like the Kesler line had. Both Lundestrom and Street ended the week with around a 40% CF%, along with a 43% SCF% and 20% HDCF% for Lundestrom and a 34% SCF% and 8% HDCF% for Street. Not great to say the least.
1 Star: Coco’s
I am going to continue my short descriptors for the 1 stars. Coco’s is trash.
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg - Oh boy, where to begin with this line? So overall on the week they were not terrible. Cogliano and Kesler posted around 50% CF%, 40% SCF%, and 30% HDCF%, while Silfverberg posted a 38% CF%, 37% SCF%, and a 21% HDCF%. On a normal week this would have seen them a lot higher, especially when factoring in Silfverberg’s 2 point week. But this was no normal week. Against the Flyers, Ryan Kesler switched off after the team tied up the game, and allowed Nolan Patrick to drive the front of the net unimpeded and eventually score the game winning goal. This poor play cost the Ducks at least a point, and brought them down to a 1-star rating on the week.
Unranked: Sugar Shack Cafe
This isn’t a chain, but I wanted to give the Cafe on Main Street in Huntington Beach a shoutout. Their breakfast is amazing.
Sam Carrick (1 Game Played), Sam Steel (1 Game Played), Kale Kossila(1 Game Played), Joseph Blandisi (1 Game Played), Ryan Miller (1 Game Started).