And we are back! Thanks to Covid cancellations and everything in between, the Blue Jackets have completed another month on their schedule, which means it’s time to bring back For Those Close to Ranking! Although originally scheduled to play 14 games to complete 2021, Columbus’ games against Calgary, Buffalo, Toronto and Chicago have been postponed until the Olympic break. That leaves nine games to sort in ascending order of aesthetic appeal.
Remember, we don’t just categorize based on individual jerseys, but also how those jerseys complement each other. For more explanation, check out the October and November entries. And thanks to Hockey by Design’s Worst to First series for the inspiration behind this.
# 9 – Ducks Away at the home of the Blue Jackets (December 9, loss 2-1 SO)
It wasn’t particularly close. Anaheim easily has the worst jerseys in their conference (and, aside from Washington, the NHL as a whole), using those weird slanted side panels, a horrific color scheme, and adding massive panels that serve as a black hole for your attention. visual. Orange, while a beautiful color most of the time, serves as a double negative here, contrasting with the CBJ’s red pants and the Ducks’ own beige color. The navy versus black issue doesn’t help either, nor the affair of Anaheim’s absence overcompensating for the simplicity of the Columbus house. It’s just a mess.
# 8 – Sharks Away home of the Blue Jackets (Dec. 5, 6-4 win)
The game four days before against San Jose was basically a less traumatic version of Anaheim’s game. You still have a three-way (teal, navy, black) and off-putting pair (orange and red). To a much lesser extent, you get the stylistic shock as well, although the lack of a hem stripe for the Sharks makes their ensemble borderline modern. But there’s a new problem: it looks boring. Columbus has too many navies, as I have been several times. The teal throughout San Jose is completely drowned out by the black surrounding it, leaving their thin little orange streak the only pop of color. It’s such a waste of a beautiful color palette. Their 90s set? Glorious. Their Reebok set? Eternally underestimated. But this? Man. Heartbreaking for us design nerds.
# 7 – Away predators for the Blue Jackets substitute (December 30, 4-3 SO win)
Speaking of heartbreaking … this game. There are exactly two teams that I think our substitutes should never be worn against: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. Why? Massive amounts of yellow. As good as these gun jerseys are, they mostly feature vintage white, and vintage white is a color you need to be extra careful with. It tends to run up against gray (the only problem with this jersey), pure white, orange, and in this case, yellow. Which means this match has a rare four-way color, with gray, vintage white, yellow, and pure white all coming together in one big hodgepodge of disappointment. Add to that the fact that the Preds also have a mediocre at best and that’s-generous, way too bright, and this game drops to penultimate. At least we have almost the same pants? It’s pretty cool.
# 6 – The Blue Jackets away against the substitute for the Canucks (Loss of December 14, 4-3)
The top six all feature the Blue Jackets road jersey, so all that’s left is to know which jerseys are the best hosts. And while it may seem at first glance that the Canucks replacement would be a good candidate for the top spot, thanks to the glory of the complementary colors, it actually falls pretty flat. The Canucks made the interesting decision to go for stripes featuring undertones of green and blue which, while beautiful, are quite similar, and don’t include any white in those stripes. It’s the same problem as in San JosÃ©. However, all numbers and logos are predominantly white. This creates a jersey that simultaneously has too much contrast and not enough contrast, creating a jarring vibe that more than makes up for the good in the game.
# 5 – Blue Jackets away for the Stars replacement (loss of December 2, 3-2)
Dallas’ third is quite similar to Vancouver’s, but just better executed. While the tennis ball green almost loses the complementary color effect with the red pants, this is more than made up for by the better theme. Inspired by the neon Dallas skyline, with a Texas state flag subtly embedded in the collar and a bold color scheme with incredible detailing. The âclassic modernâ vibe is also better suited to what the CBJ is looking for. And it even matches Tarasov’s mask!
# 4 – The Blue Jackets away to the Oilers home (Dec.16, lost 5-2)
Like the Ducks game at the bottom of this list, there is an orange versus red clash. Unlike this game, this is the only problem with this game. There is a parcel love here. The matching blue inserts go together wonderfully. Stylistically, they both have a similar theme; reminiscent of previous jersey eras, Gretzky’s teams for the Oilers, the ’80s Leafs for the Blue Jackets. This theme signifies a cohesive look between teams, which helps the game appear more coordinated, similar to the Devils-Blue Jackets game that was a finalist in October. Without the orange-red shock, this game could also have climbed into the top two.
# 3 – Blue Jackets away to the home of the Maple Leafs (lost Dec. 7, 5-4)
This one is a little weird for me. As mentioned above, the Blue Jackets Away draw heavily on the look of the Maple Leafs of the 1970s and 80s, with the full-length blue yoke on a white base. Aside from the merits of this jersey, their matches almost feel like an inter-team scrum or a match between former and current. It always looks good, no doubt about it, they are both white and blue models, with the Blue Jackets red pants to separate them from Toronto. But it’s also a little weird. Maybe it’s just the jersey nerd in me coming out, but it’s the vibes I’m getting. Let me know if I’m crazy in the comments.
# 2 – Blue Jackets away at Kraken Home (December 11, 5-4 overtime win)
There are always a few games that start in a leaderboard box before changing drastically as the article is written. This is the match. Originally, I was going to give a similar speech to San Jose’s game about boring, monochrome, heavy navy looks. But, as I reviewed some of the highlights, I found myself loving him more and more. I had underestimated the navy and red combination, especially the way both sets have thin red lines as an accent. And the Kraken jerseys are nothing short of spectacular. Ice blue stands out beautifully in the navy, the logo is fantastic and the fact that there is no white allows Columbus to own this color in the game. Looks good, but not enough for the first place.
# 1 – Blue Jackets away for the Capitals substitute (3-1 loss on December 4)
Which leaves the first place to … Washington? In a jersey ranking? Is it even legal? Yes, because these swimsuits are made for each other. The Capitals, in a modern take on the classic jersey design, have a navy blue jersey with a white yoke and red stripes, using a modern font in white, and have a good number of stars thrown in for good measure. The jackets, in a modern take on the classic jersey design, have a white jersey with a navy yoke and red pants, using a modern white font on the arms, and have lots of stars thrown in for good measure. . It’s almost perfect! If Columbus’ uniform was just a little more well executed, maybe with some stripes and some real stuff, it would be one of the best games this year, aesthetically, league-wide.
There we have it! Shorter than expected, but fun nonetheless. Let me know what you think, and we’ll see you next month!