Western Conference Rankings 5.0

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We’re back! 

Take a look at how the voters currently see things in the West. Agree? Disagree? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the West. Remember this ranking is intended to be fun and start conversations. If you don’t like how it turned out, leave your thoughts on where we got it wrong.

Canes Domain presents Western Conference Rankings 5.0…


1: Kelowna Rockets

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Kelowna 80 pts. EVEN (5-1) *UNANIMOUS VOTE*

-Rockets lead the WHL with 22 wins through their first 29 games. Now that they have a healthy Rourke Chartier in the fold, this could be their spot to lose for the duration of the season.


2: Victoria Royals

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64 pts. The Thunderbirds are taking a six-game winning streak into a showdown with Kelowna this Wednesday night. Could this be a Western Conference final preview? UP 1


3: Seattle Thunderbirds

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Seattle 66 pts. DOWN 1 (2-3)
-Escaped Seattle Metropoltians’ night with a win over Tri-City, saving themselves from a disastrous two weeks.

4: Prince George Cougars

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Prince George 58 pts. UP 3 (5-0-1)
-The net is now firmly in the hands of WHL goalie of the week Ty Edmonds. He came into a game vs. Portland after backup Nick McBride was pulled and still was able to leads the Cougars to a win.

5: Everett Silvertips

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Everett 49 pts. EVEN (4-2)
-Dealt for Buffalo Sabres’ prospect Brycen Martin, giving up a lot of their future to do so. The offensive d-man has been pointless through his first three games in Everett and will need to start producing in the absence of Noah Juulsen.

6: Spokane Chiefs

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Spokane 37 pts. DOWN 2 (3-2)
-Their 7-1 thrashing of top U.S. Division team Seattle served as a message to the rest of the division, that they are a contender.

7: Portland Winterhawks

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Portland 29 pts. EVEN (2-4)
-Injuries have ravaged the forward unit so much, that d-man Keoni Texeira played forward for the first time in his WHL career.

8: Kamloops Blazers

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Kamloops 29 pts. DOWN 1 (2-2-1)
-12 game road trip through Saskatchewan should tell us a little bit more about this Jekyll and Hyde squad.

9: Tri-City Americans

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Tri-City 15 pts. EVEN (2-4)
-Slowly getting healthier and it has shown on the ice with a big 4-1 win over Everett this last week. Yet another team that will be missing a big-time defenseman for almost a month as Brandon Carlo figures to be a big part of Team USA at the World Juniors.

10: Vancouver Giants

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Vancouver 10 pts. EVEN (3-3)
-Season is officially in the toilet after the only General Manager the team has ever know: Scott Bonner stepped down.

SUMMARY

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DIGITAL JERSEY COLLECTION

Those of you who regularly visit the site for our game day and post game articles will probably recognize these digital jersey renders I’ve been working on. It was a project I started this spring when the website first launched. The goal is to eventually create every single primary home and away jersey in the WHL. While they are kind of a novelty, they are a nice graphical resource to have and I think they spice up the game day articles.

(Note: click on the image for glorious 4K resolution)

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Each one is made from “scratch” between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It’s a time intensive process, with each team taking around on hour depending on the complexity of their jersey and shoulder patches. Since most WHL teams don’t make their vector graphics readily available, I often end up remaking logos from scratch. I recently had some time to add four more teams to the growing collection and I thought I would share.

Let me know which team has, what you believe, to be the best jersey so far. I will be finishing the East before moving on to the teams in the West.

 


 

So there you have it. Another Eastern and Western power rankings completed. We are already drawing near to the halfway mark in the season. It’s been a pleasure watching the teams battle for position and to see how the voters subsequently determine the quality of teams. Kelowna and Kootenay have been the most consistent teams… but for very different reasons.

Will it continue? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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