Saturday, August 31, 2013

Starting September with Stamkos

With 46 new autographs added since my last post the grand total now stands at 3,290 unique NHL signatures.  I also took some time to do some calculations.  Between 1917/18 and 2012/13 a total of approximately 6,982 different players have dressed in at least 1 NHL regular season or playoff game.  Thus far I have managed to acquire an autograph of just over 47% of players to see time in the league.  The 50% milestone is well within reach now.  
Steven Stamkos
The 2008 first overall draft pick, Steven Stamkos is an NHL superstar.  He's already claimed 2 Rocket Richard trophies as the NHL's leading goal scorer. Playing in Tampa Bay has kept his hobby value on the reasonable side and I was surprised at how cheaply I was able to acquire this card, my first Stamkos signature. 
Felix Potvin and Curtis Joseph
Felix Potvin has retained a high hobby value because he spent half a dozen seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs' starting goaltender.  He was an NHL All-Star in 1994 and 1996.
A 3 time NHL All-Star, Curtis Joseph was one of the best goalies of his time.  Cujo won an Olympic Gold medal in 2002 as a member of Team Canada.  His hobby value has remained steadily high. 
Bill Baker and Denis Savard
With the addition of Bill Baker I now have signatures of 11 of the 20 members of the Miracle squad, with 2 more on the way.  After winning gold with Team USA Baker went on to play just under 150 NHL games between the Canadiens, Rockies, Blues and Rangers. 
A 9 time NHL All-Star, Denis Savard was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.  He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.  
Mel Bridgman and Henry Boucha
Drafted first overall by the Flyers in 1975, Mel Bridgman played well over 1000 games in the NHL.  Between 1975 and 1989 Bridgman saw time with the Flyers, Flames, Devils, Red Wings and Canucks. He was captain of both the Flyers and Devils and then later became the Ottawa Senators' first GM.  
Henry Boucha helped Team USA win an Olympic silver medal in 1972 before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings.  He only spent a half a dozen years in the NHL as his career was cut short by a serious injury.  
Doug MacDonald and Dan Plante
A couple of rare Classic autographs. Doug MacDonald played 11 games for the Buffalo Sabres.
Between 1993 and 1998 Dan Plante played 160 games for the New York Islanders.  
Brent Johnson and Dan Ellis
Brent Johnson played well over 300 NHL games while dressing for the Blues, Coyotes, Capitals and Penguins. His father Bob was also an NHL goaltender.  
Dan Ellis has seen nearly 200 games between the pipes.  He has played for the Stars, Predators, Lightning, Ducks and Hurricanes.  
Doug Smail
Forward Doug Smail spent almost the entire 1980's as a Winnipeg Jet.  His best season was a 31 goal year in 1984/85.  This ITG Franchises card is still his only certified autograph on the market.  
Jonas Gustavsson and Luke Schenn
Undrafted Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson was signed by the Leafs in 2009 with expectations of becoming their starter.  He was unable to develop into an effective #1 and is currently a backup in Detroit. 
The Maple Leafs drafted Luke Schenn with their 5th overall pick in 2008.  He jumped directly to the NHL and played 5 full seasons with the Leafs before being acquired by the Philly Flyers. 
Nathan Gerbe and Andrew Cogliano
Boston College alumni Nathan Gerbe was recently signed by the Hurricanes after spending a few seasons with the Sabres.  At just 5'5 he's usually the shortest player in the league. 
 A 2005 first round draft choice by the Oilers, Adrew Cogliano has played in nearly 500 consecutive games since making his NHL debut in 2007.  He's currently a member of the Anaheim Ducks. 
Thomas Pock and Tomi Maki
Thomas Pock took a rather unusual route to the NHL.  An Austian native, he made his way to the US as an undrafted college player.  After 4 years at UMass he made his NHL debut with the 2003/04 New York Rangers. He's played over 100 games between the New York Rangers and Islanders.
Tomi Maki is a member of the one game wonder club.  He saw action in a single NHL game with the 2006/07 Calgary Flames.  
Brian Fahey and Peter Sarno
Drafted in 2000 by the Colorado Avalanche, Brian Fahey bounced around the minors for a decade before finally making his NHL debut with the 2010/11 Washington Capitals.  He played 7 games for the club and registered 1 point.  This KHL autograph is his only certified signature on the market.
Peter Sarno played 6 games for the 2003/04 Edmonton Oilers and 1 game for the 2005/06 Columbus Blue Jackets.  
Dmitry Kulikov and Chris Butler
Russian defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was the Panther's first round draft pick in 2009.  He made the team as an 18 year old rookie and has already played 200+ games.  
University of Denver alumni Chris Butler has played 3 seasons for the Sabres and 2 for the Calgary Flames.  
Mark Mancari and Kaspars Daugavins
Mark Mancari has played 43 NHL games between the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.
Kaspars Daugavins has seen action in just under 100 NHL games.  He spent most of his career with the Senators but has most recently played for the Boston Bruins.
Travis Moen and Adam Burish
Since making his debut for the Blackhawks in 2003, Travis Moen has dressed in nearly 700 NHL games.  He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 2007 Anaheim Ducks.
Adam Burish has played half a dozen seasons in the NHL, he won the Stanley Cup with the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks. 
Dustin Kohn and Frans Nielsen
Dustin Kohn played 22 games for the 2009/10 New York Islanders. 
Center Frans Nielsen has played nearly 400 games for the New York Islanders over 7 seasons. 
Darren Helm and Petr Vrana
Darren Helm has spent a half a dozen seasons playing for the Red Wings.  He helped them win the 2008 Stanley Cup.
Czech native Petr Vrana played 16 games for the 2008/09 New Jersey Devils.  
Matt Moulson and Michal Repik
Matt Moulson emerged as a legitimate NHL player with the New York Islanders after playing his first couple seasons in LA.  He has scored 30+ goals in 3 separate seasons.
Between 2008 and 2012 Michal Repik dressed in 72 games for the Florida Panthers, scoring 20 points.
Brett Lebda and Jani Rita
Brett Lebda is best remember for being a member of the Stanley Cup winning 2008 Detroit Red Wings.
Drafted 13th overall in 1999, Finnish native Jani Rita never lived up to his potential.  He played 66 games between the Oilers and Penguins.  
Aaron Ness and John Moore
Aaron Ness played 9 games for the New York Islanders in 2011/12.  
A 2009 first round draft pick, John Moore was recently acquire by the New York Rangers from the Blue Jackets in the Gaborik trade.  
Tyler Cuma and Ryan O'Marra
The Wild's 2008 first round draft choice, Tyler Cuma has played 1 game for the club. 
Ryan O'Marra has seen 33 game of NHL action between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks.  He's best remembered as a member of the 2006 and 2007 Team Canada world junior teams that captured gold.  
Tom Gilbert and Peter Schaefer
Tom Gilbert has played 7 seasons in the NHL between the Oilers and Wild.  His best season was a 45 point year in 2008/09 with Edmonton.
Between 1998 and 2011 Peter Schaefer played well over 600 NHL games between the Canucks, Senators and Bruins.  He scored 20 goals and 50 points for the 2005/06 Ottawa Senators.
Ronald Petrovicky and Karl Dykhuis
Between 2000 and 2007 Ronald Petrovicky played 345 NHL games, scoring 41 goals.  He played for the Flames, Rangers, Thrashers and Penguins.
Karl Dykhuis played a dozen seasons in the NHL, seeing over 700 games of action. 
Nathan Lafayette
Nathan Lafayette played 200+ career NHL games between 1993 and 1999.  He saw time with the Blues, Canucks, Rangers and Kings.  He's most notable for being a member of the 1994 Vancouver Canucks team that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. 
Daniel Tkaczuk
Drafted 6th overall by the Flames in 1997, Daniel Tkaczuk only played 19 games for Calgary in 2000/01.  He did score 4 goals and 11 points in his short NHL career.  

Only a couple TTM returns to post this time.  I'll be sending out a new batch shortly.  
Jeff Chychrun and Ryan Bast
Jeff Chychrun was a tough customer who spent half a dozen seasons in the NHL.  He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins. 
Ryan Bast played 2 games for the 1998/99 Philadelphia Flyers. 

Only 1 "other" autograph this post that doesn't count towards my NHL total.  
Heidi Androl
Heidin Androl became known when she was a contestant on The Apprentice.  She currently works for the LA Kings as a reporter/host.  

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