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2022 NHL Draft Rankings - Star Wars Names


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We're less than a month until the draft. Final rankings lists are being locked. It's time for the 2022 edition of the all-important-useless-Star-Wars-reference/character-based-on-player-name draft rankings: 2022 edition. I didn't want to hijack a real thread with my nonsense, so head to this Sabrespace for the real-world discussion.

Last year, the Sabres drafted #1 and took the best Star Wars name/reference on the board and probably ever: Uncle Owen Unlimited Power. (At least, until they draft this guy in a couple years.)

Three firsts this draft so I'm splitting it into tiers of who could still be available at each selection. In some cases (Nemec/Jiricek) they're likely to already be off the board, but I'm including their names anyway. Note: The sequence of players is in order for groupings and humor (Miro after Yurov), it has no bearing on order of preference within the tiers.
Let me know if you need another player researched.


Maybe available at #28...

Luca Del Bel Belluz C -- "I'm Luca Del Bel Belluz I'm here to rescue you."   = You're who? =  "I'm Luca Del Bel Belluz."  Del is a common name on wookiepedia. Both Del and Bel are clone troopers. Altogether, the most unlikely clone trooper name in the galaxy.

Snuggerud RW -- A Snaggletooth! So old-school Star Warsy it just feels right.

Chesley RHD -- Moisture farmer.

Howard LW -- Luke: What's a duck? Google it.

Mesar RW -- Gungan. Agile, quick, jumps really high and flips. Meesa goin' score goals!

Jagger Firkus RW -- Perfect Star Wars name. Not a JAG. Total smuggler/gambler/scum pilot of a trash-heap ship that has tons of speed and secret compartments. And you know I play a mean guitar mindharp.

Rinzel RHD -- I'll be the first to say it: "Rinzel will be fine." A cantina proprietor. Deeper dive shows that rinzefruit is a type of produce.

Hutson LHD -- Part of the crimelord syndicate... Soon you will learn to appreciate him. Whoa-ho-ho!

Pickering LHD -- System in the Mid Rim. And another Uncle Owen as a bonus.

Ostlund C -- Imperial officer. 2 Osteds are Imperial navy officers! Amazing. Alater and Wermis!
https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Osted_Alater ; https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Osted_Wermis 

Hävelid RHD -- Imperial ship or Imperial (m)officer (moff) https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Havelon ; https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Haveland 

Beck C  -- Rebel pilot's first name. There's totally a Beck Iceslider out there.

Cruz Lucius -- C'mon! The parents named their kids Chaz and Cruz? Anyway, Rebel pilot. He yells something like "I've got the shot!" as the path opens to a direct lane to launch proton torpedoes at the ISD shield generator, followed quickly by "Oh no!" as a wave of TIE Interceptors appear and blast him. Cruz disappears in a fireball. Pretty much the most awesome role to have in a movie. Cool helmet. 1 or 2 lines of dialog. He's the Grizz Frix of this draft! A lifetime on the autograph circuit as the "Oh no! Guy".

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In the #16 range...

Yurov RW - The Yurov is a system, not a man. Located in the Outer Rim.

Miroshnichenko LW - Unlike Yurov, Miro isn't a system, he is a man (well, a Piton). Like Yurov, Miro is also a system and also located in the Outer Rim. You've got to be pretty special to be both a system and a man (Piton). https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Miro_Daroon ; https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Miro_system 

Geekie C - A protocol droid 

Lambert C - A lightsaber-capable energy fruit. I'm not making this up.   "Lambents were the fruits of a certain Yuuzhan Vong plant..." that can be used as "communication crystals or light sources" and in one case "[Anakin] Solo used a personally-harvested lambent as a lightsaber crystal." https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Lambent

Kasper C - A Ghost, if you will. A modified VCX-100 light freighter. Infinite possibilities and storylines and a drunken, ornery astromech. 

Ohgren C - An antagonist for the Ewoks on Endor. Did you know ogres are a thing in Star Wars (Legends)? I didn't, either. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Ogre

Korchinski LHD - Probably a senator. Probably from a core system. 

Mintyukov LHD - Itchy, Chewie, Lumpy... Minty. A wookiee nickname if ever one there was. Let the wookiee win!

Mateychuk LHD - Matey like Minty? No, not a wookiee. A weapon associated with Bothans. He's probably a spy.

Lian Bichsel LHD -- Smuggler 

Kulich C -- An asteroid belt in the Inner Rim

McGroarty RW   - "Yes, I'll bet you have." "Mc Groarty!" A blaster bolt ensues. (Or more than one. Who's keeping track anymore?)

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Number nine!
(meaning they're likely gone by 16) 

Jiricek RHD - Smuggler. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Jiri_Sools

Savoie C - Force-sensitive human who is seduced by the dark side of the Concept.

Lekkerimaki RW - A Mon Calamari crewmember on a Rebel starcruiser bridge. Mmmm, delicious calamari roll.

Gauthier LW - An alien race-horse variant that trashes local gambling facilities at the slightest opportunity. Marty Biron is going to enjoy telling you about his odds in the next race during intermission reports.

And then the Imperials... three of them! They're fun to target. Previous Imperials include: Dylan Cozens (2019), Seth Jarvis (2020), Brandt Clarke (2021)

Nemec RHD - Imperial officer. Commander Nemet of the ISD Avenger said: "Captain Needa, the ship no longer appears on our scopes." Needa apologized.

Kemell RW - Imperial admiral. He worked to cover up the destruction of Alderaan through misinformation. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Kemel_Trowe

Nazar C - Imperial... ship! A Lambda class T-4a shuttle stolen during the Sepan Civil War. Total video game wildcard. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Nazaar 

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1 hour ago, sabresparaavida said:

As always, a fun read @DarthEbriate Do you have any random prospects unlikely to go in the first that caught your eye as far as names go?

Ah... the EA NHL draft-the-coolest-names-because-you-can-always-play-the-game-and-win-instead-of-simming approach...

I haven't done that yet except for some goalies...

If the Sabres have any intention of checking on Braden Holtby in UFA, then they should totally draft G Braden Holt.

G Chase Coward is hilarious to me. He's in the WHL. And there's a Croix Kochendorfer as a good French-German hybrid. 


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