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I blog about the NHL, including players. I also write articles relating to collecting hockey cards.
john gibson

John Gibson was drafted in the second round 39th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. John finished last season with a 31-18-7 record while posting a career high .926 save percentage. His 31 wins were the most he has posted in a season. John was rewarded for his stellar play in the off season as he signed a $51M contract that will see him earn $6.4M a season starting in 2019-20. John will finish his 3 year deal this season which will see him make $2.3M

“I believe in John Gibson, as does everyone in the organization,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “This is obviously a major commitment by the club, but one we feel strongly about. John is equally committed to being a Duck. He is only now entering the prime of his career, and we are all confident his best is yet to come.” (courtesy of Sportsnet)

“I’m excited to be a part of this organization for the long term,” Gibson said in a statement from the team. “Staying with the Ducks was always my preference, and I couldn’t be happier. Living in the Orange County community with the great support of our fans, I can’t think of a better place to play. It’s great to be a part of the future of this team moving forward and hopefully bring a Stanley Cup back to Anaheim.” (courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks).

John Gibson had a lingering injury last season that was nagging him all year. During the offseason he rehabilitated that injury and should be injury and pain free to start the new year. Ryan Miller did a commendable job backing up Gibson last year posting a .928 save percentage himself in 28 games.

The Anaheim Ducks now have a starting goaltender in their net for the next nine years. You can purchase Johns hockey cards at my store Off The Post

John Gibson Hockey Cards

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malcolm subban

Malcolm Subban was drafted 24th overall in the NHL 2012 Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Malcolm has since relocated to another team (Las Vegas Golden Knights) as he was left unprotected in the 2017 expansion draft. Malcolm is now 24 and starting to make his mark in the NHL. It usually takes goaltenders considerably longer to play meaningful NHL games than it does forwards or defenseman. Last season Malcolm was able to play in 22 games as starter Marc Andre Fluery was injured a good portion of the first half.

Malcolm Subban posted solid numbers in those 22 games. He won 13, lost 4 and lost two in the shootout. Malcolm posted a solid .910% save percentage. All solid numbers for his first full season in the NHL. Malcolm should get another 25 games or more this coming season.

The plan in Vegas is to have Malcolm ready by the time Marc Andre Fluery’s contract is up. I see no reason why Malcolm would not be ready by then. Fluery’s contract will not expire for another 4 years, he has one year remaining from his contract in Pittsburgh before his new 3 year deal kicks in. Fluery will be 37 at the end of his contract. Malcolm better get ready to play, I don’t see Fluery staying healthy throughout his deal. There are bound to be injuries at that age.

Malcolm moves from post to post with great velocity and plays the popular butterfly style game that most young goaltenders play today. He has a style very similar to Fluery that requires athleticism to play. Very exciting to watch as a fan.

Malcolm Subban’s hockey cards can be purchased at my store Off The Post

Malcolm Subban Hockey Cards

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sam bennett

Sam Bennett was selected 4th overall in the 2014 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames. Sam is 6’1″tall and has put on weight the last couple seasons and is now 200 pounds according to Flames media. Sam looks a lot smaller than that if you ask me, I figured him for around 185.

With most players in the NHL they usually gradually become a better player every season. For the third straight year Sam’s stats decreased. He only managed to put up 26 points last season which saw him score just 11 times. His plus minus was even worse at a horrible minus 18. The goal total was down from his rookie year when he had 18 and last season which saw him bend the twine just 13 times.

Sam has a history of laziness, where he just doesn’t put in the work to get better and it shows in his game. For a high draft pick his stats are underwhelming to say the least. One would have to think that his chances are going to run dry soon if there isn’t remarkable improvement in his game. He was put in positions to succeed last season and didn’t take advantage of the situation. He did receive 14 minutes of ice time per game even though his production didn’t deserve it.

In all fairness to Sam, his linemates were not any better. He spent 26% of his ice time with Garnet Hathaway and Mark Jankowski.

Sam Bennett has a few hockey cards you can collect. Of course in order to collect hockey cards of Bennett you have to be somewhat of a gambler. If Sam turns into a bust his cards won’t be worth much at all. Personally I am a gambler. I think if Sam Bennett puts in the work required there is no reason why he cant be a 20 goal scorer in this league. I may even goes as far to say that he can be a 60 point player. The cards pictured in this post can be purchased at my store Off The Post

Sam Bennett Hockey Cards

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brett ritchie

Brett Ritchie is a polarizing player from what I have seen. For a player who played 14% of his time at even strength, with Benn and Seguin he sure didn’t produce much. Ritchie even garnered first unit powerplay time with Radulov, Benn and Seguin, yet he was only able to muster 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points. Three of those 14 points came on the powerplay. In all fairness to Brett he was only getting just over 10 minutes of ice time per game. His 56% Corsi rating indicates his line was productive when on the ice.

Brett has the size and muscle to compete along the boards and win puck battles he just hasn’t put all his skills together yet. For a big man he has incredibly soft hands, he just needs to work on his accuracy. His shooting percentage last year was just over 6%. His skating still needs too improve, he needs to get quicker in his first few steps, once he builds up speed he is fine just a little slow off the start.

Playing with Benn and Seguin more frequently would certainly help his chances for success, but he needs to produce more to nail down a spot on the top line. With the addition of Nichushkin this season Brett will have to really concentrate on keeping his job in the top 6. It is now or never for Brett as he will turn 26 during the season and that is getting a little late to make your mark. If Brett can learn to use his size more (6’3″and 220 pounds) in front of the net on the powerplay it would certainly go along way in improving his chances for success. His defensive game is solid as he has been a plus player the last two seasons.

Brett Ritchie’s rookie card was manufactured in the 2015 season by Upper Deck. You can buy most Brett Ritchie hockey cards at my store Off The Post

Brett Ritchie Hockey Cards

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nathan mackinnon

After a dismal and unproductive 2015-16 season which saw Nathan score only 53 points something had to change. Some people forget that Mackinnon was a fist overall pick in 2013. His production for his first 4 years didn’t resemble anything close to a first overall selection. In all fairness the Colorado Avalanche have just been a terrible franchise. Under the leadership of Matt Duchene nothing was working for the AV’s. In early November of 2017 Matt was traded to the Ottawa Senators. Nate had 8 points in 11 games in October and was a minus 6. After the trade of Duchene to Ottawa, Mackinnon exploded for 20 points in November and was a plus 11. Nathan continued his torrid November by posting up career highs in goals with 39 and assists with 58 for a whopping 98 points and 5th place in the scoring race. Point production expected of a number 1 overall pick.

Nathan Mackinnon is an incredibly gifted skater and moves the puck at high speed. He can thread passes to teammates at high speed. Nathan is a deft stickhandler who cuts to the net very well and has a wrist shot that scares most goaltenders.

Nathan spent 66% of his even strength ice time with Landeskog and Rantanen last season. Look for that to continue this season as they have very good chemistry together as evidenced by Rantanen putting up 84 points last season, while Landeskog finished the year with 62 points on the strength of 25 goals.

You can purchase Natham Mackinnon cards at my store here Off The Post. The card pictured on the left is an Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card. Be careful when purchasing this particular card. There is a version made by Upper Deck that was a mistake. The error card has Pink on it. There shouldn’t be any pink, it was a mistake made while manufacturing it, so be careful.

Nathan Mackinnon Hockey Cards

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nikolaj ehlers

Nik Ehlers was drafted 9th overall in the 2014 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets. It hasn’t taken long for Nik to make himself known around the league. Nik is an incredibly gifted dynamic skater who uses his edges well. I watched Nik first hand at a couple rookie tournaments in British Columbia in his draft year and the following year. Ehlers will bring you out of your seat if you are not glued down, very exciting player. Nik will go to the tough areas to score which is unteachable, you either do it or you don’t. I like a player with a little moxy and Nik has plenty of that to go around.

Nik managed to score 29 goals last year which was a career high. He scored 60 points which was 4 points shy of the previous year. Nik worked hard on his defensive game and it showed as he finished the year a solid plus 14 on a very talented and young Jets team.

Nik played 29% of the time with Bryan Little and Patrik Laine last season at even strength. Paul Statsny also spent time on a line with Nik after his acquisition from St.Louis. The Jets were unable to sign Statsny in the off season so Nik will be looking for a new center in training camp. I would think he will end up with Bryan Little again to start the year. Laine seems to be a given paired up with Nik. I look for Nik’s assist total to increase as it has every year since his rookie year. My bold prediction for Nik is 75 points this coming season, 35 of which will be goals. The Jets should finish first in the Central but St.Louis and Nashville will be right on their heels.

Nik will also begin his new contract this season, a deal which will see the talented winger make $6,250,000 with an annual AAV of $6M for the next seven years.

The hockey card pictured on the left is a 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts Game Used Jersey. There is only 399 of them in existence. If you would like to purchase a hockey card of Nik Ehlers you can do so right here at my store Off The Post

Nik Ehlers Hockey Cards

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