| Pacific Division Power Rankings
Star Wars Edition
|12/19/15 - By Ryan Hall -
A long time ago, in a division far, far
Okay, so after seeing The Force Awakens, I can safely say
that the NHL has a long way to go before it can match entertainment like that!
Wow!! For those who haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. However, this
is a safe, Non-Spoiler article, so feel free to read without worry - unless you
haven't seen any of the trailers and will find the mere mention of names and
climate a spoiler. Then avert your eyes before it is too late
But enough prequel, let's get to the main attraction. This edition of the Power
Rankings compares the teams of the Pacific Division to an all-time Star Wars
character, meaning every movie released thus far is fair game. For some it's
flattering, for others it isn't; but either way sit down and strap in - Chewie,
get us out of here!
#1 - Los Angeles Kings (Emperor Palpatine)
Sometimes the comparison is just too easy. The Kings have been running
roughshod over this division like an Evil Empire, and right now they seem
almost unstoppable. Part of that comes from the fear and intimidation factor
they boast, but there is also an almost machine like precision to the way they
win games. It might not be pretty, but right now their dark plan to control the
Pacific seems almost complete.
Last Ranking: 2
#2 - Calgary Flames (Finn)
If we hadn't seen
the trailers, we would all be shocked on the origins of Finn; and if we hadn't
seen the Flames play last year we would be equally shocked to see them doing so
well now. In both cases, it isn't always talent that leads to success. That
isn't to say there is no skill involved, however it's more often team work,
loyalty, and sheer determination that end up being the difference maker.
Last Ranking: 7
#3 - Edmonton Oilers (Luke Skywalker)
first see Luke in 'A New Hope' he's young, impetuous, unaware of his full
potential, and yet still strangely effective. That pretty much sums up the
Oilers at this point, as they are only beginning to understand what they could
become. Adding to this analogy, Luke needs to be trained by a wizened master
who instills discipline and patience; while Edmonton is benefitting immensely
from the coaching of Todd McClellan. The end result is that the Oilers have
been impressive, most impressive. But they aren't Jedi
err contenders just
Last Ranking: 5
#4 - Arizona Coyotes (Rey)
I'll just come out
and say it: Rey is my favourite Star Wars character since the original trilogy.
Just like the Coyotes, she appears to be short on ability, has a hard luck home
life, lives in a dry climate, and has to struggle just to survive. Yet
underneath everything there is so much more to discover, and while it is raw
and unrefined, the glimpses of what they might become is jaw dropping.
Last Ranking: 3
#5 - San Jose Sharks (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
look at the Sharks roster, there is a pedigree of talent that would lead you to
believe they should be doing much better then they currently are. Similarly,
when you see the training Obi-Wan received, and the ability he possesses, you'd
think he'd be more effective than he is. At times both seem to be disinterested
or overwhelmed, and this often results in mistakes and losses; like
inexplicably not finishing Anakin when he had the chance.
#6 - Vancouver Canucks (Darth Maul)
villain from The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul certainly looked the part of being
a nasty foe. Yet, when you stop and think about it, what did he really do?
Overall, he was underwhelming and killing Qui-Gon Jinn was his only significant
achievement. In the same way, the Canucks haven't done much that is noteworthy,
and in reality they are floundering badly. If they don't get back on track,
they'll also find themselves written out of the playoff script far too soon.
Last Ranking: 4
#7 Anaheim Ducks (Jar-Jar Binks)
this one seems mean on the surface, but bear with me for a moment. Right now,
the Ducks are a hot mess, can't seem to do anything right, and basically boggle
the mind. Still, they are hanging around right on the edge of the playoff
picture, long after they should have been relegated to an afterthought. This
seems to indicate that they might still have a part to play in what's to come -
even if we'd all prefer they just disappear.
Last Ranking: 6
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