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!
For a large portion of my life, cereal in the morning was a staple of my routine (This was also back when my metabolism was much better, and I was playing a sport every day, so my body could handle it). So one could say I am a cereal connoisseur and am the perfect person to rank various cereals! Like past weeks, these rankings are 100% correct and no one can tell me otherwise.
5 Stars: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is what all other cereals should aspire to be. It is just so delicious. I could probably have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (No I do not actually do this). Once you finish your bowl of cereal you are also left with a bowl of delicious cereal milk. Also shoutout to Honda Center for having a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Rice Crispie treat. If you have not had this before, it is on those desert stands and it is life changing.
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg - This line had a very strong week after being pretty poor for the past month or so. All three players were over 59% in CF% and over 50% in SCF% and HDCF%. On top of that Silfverberg had 1 primary and 1 secondary assist, Cogliano had 1 primary assist, and Kesler had 1 goal, leaving the line with 4 points in the 3 games in the week. I would like to see a tick up in this production, but it is progress and their ES shot metrics were good enough to earn them a 5 star rating this week.
Brandon Montour - Cam Fowler - This D pair yet again is straight fire emoji. Both players were well over 50% in CF% and HDCF% with Montour was above 50% in SCF% and Fowler slightly below 50% in SCF%. On top of this they were two of the best defensemen on the team in shot suppression, scoring chance suppression, and high danger chance suppression. The only D man better than these two was Lindholm. On top of this Montour led the team in shots on goal and shot attempts, had 2 goals, and a secondary assist.
4 Stars: Fruit Loops
Fruit Loops are probably my second favorite cereal of all time. They have not and will not ever be good enough to unseat Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but they are also delicious. You get that fruity deliciousness in every bite.
Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry - “RPG You keep putting on the red light, RPG You keep putting on the red light, RPG (put on the red light), RPG (put on the red light), RPG (put on the red light), RPG (put on the red light), RPG (put on the red light)” (To the tune of Roxanne by the Police). This line was slightly below 50% in all three categories, but not significantly. On top of that, Perry had 2 goals, Getzlaf had 2 primary assists, and Rakell had 1 secondary assist for 5 points in the 3 games. Their shot metrics kept them from being 5 stars this week.
Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase - This line is starting to get its groove back. All three players were hovering around 50% in CF%, SCF%, and HDCF%. This line, like the Getzlaf line, produced 5 points in the 3 games.
John Gibson - Gibson this week posted a 1.2 GSAA along with a .929 sv%. That GSAA is not fantastic, but he gets a bump up to 4 stars for his shutout performance.
3 Stars: Frosted Flakes
Frosted Flakes are the staple of any cereal selection. It is fairly basic but will never let you down. You know what you are going to get out of each and every bite, which is sugary goodness.
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson - Lindholm was above 50% in CF%, SCF%, and HDCF%, while Manson was slightly below 50% in CF% and SCF%, and at 50% in HDCF%. This is not ideal from this pairing but not terrible.
Derek Grant - Grant was not great (below 50% in all three shot metrics), but he did produce 2 goals and somehow ended up not being as terrible as Chimera and Kelly. So I am giving him a bump for the goals and for his linemates.
2 Stars: Raisin Bran
Hear me out on this one. I actually don’t hate raisin bran and have chosen it on many occasions, but having said that it is not very good. The actual cereal portion of it is fairly gross, and you need to make sure some raisins end up in each bite to make it good. That is way too much work for me in the morning.
Francois Beauchemin - Marcus Pettersson - This pairing was not great for the Ducks this week. Both players were below 50% in CF% and SCF%, and Beauch was below 50% in HDCF%. At the end of the day though, I cannot complain too much about this pairing as long as their minutes are being minimized, and they are given softer matchups. I do hope they can thrive with these minutes, but it should not be a back breaker for the team if they cannot.
1 Star: Cheerios
Cheerios are gross, bland, and awful. Anyone who likes Cheerios should not be trusted!
Chris Kelly and Jason Chimera - I know this ranking will confuse some people because Chimera and Kelly both had 2 points on the week, but these two were so terrible that even producing points will not save them. They were a team worst 37% and 26% CF%, 32% and 30% SCF%, and 25% and 16% HDCF%. The Ducks brought these guys in to give RC a 4th line that he could theoretically trust more. In reality it has just significantly decreased the ability of this line. JT Brown and Chris Wagner > Chimera and Kelly.
Unranked: Cocoa Puffs
I was not allowed to have Cocoa Puffs as a child so I never really got into eating them.
Kevin Bieksa (1 Games Played)