“…Tell me who the best team in California is. I have no idea…”
Honest answer is no one knows – this year parity is everywhere. On any given Saturday any team could beat another. Although when Friday night traffic is involved - traveling team is more likely to lose.
Too many teams, and referees are often driving 50+ miles for the game; with that the reffing crew has their own current or former (self’s, kids, nephews…) affiliation with rink and/or nearby college – this may affect games in a weird ways as well.
I wish PAC and WCHC would have their California Super-game (or series) to figure out the best team every season. Winner of it may be a good auto-bid candidate.