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

Max Domi was drafted 12th overall in 2013 by the Phoenix Coyotes. He scored 18 goals in his rookie campaign in the 2015-16 season. Last year was a dismal year as far as goals are concerned, bending the twine just 9 times. It marked the second consecutive year that he was able to just pot 9 goals. This brings me to an interesting stat about Max. When Max played junior hockey in the OHL his goal total decreased every year while his assist total increased every year. The same thing is happening in the NHL, Max is more of a play-maker than a scorer as demonstrated by his stats the last 3 seasons.

This year may be different for Max. Max will have more responsibility with his new team, the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal sent problem player Alex Galchenyuk to the Coyotes in the off season for Max Domi. The change of scenery may do both players a favor. Both have not yet met their draft expectations, especially Galchenyuk. Both players ooze talent but haven’t been able to put it all together yet. A change of scenery and coaching may help that.

Max is a very strong aggressive skater with wonderful play-making abilities. He will have to find a way to produce more goals in Montreal or he will quickly become a goat in the hockey crazy city that is Montreal. His shooting percentage last season at even strength was just over 9%. Scoring on 1 out of every 10 shots at even strength just isn’t good enough. His overall shooting percentage was a paltry 6%.

Domi will have to work hard on his defensive game which is lacking at the pro level and it hurts his game. Max must and can do better. I don’t know how, because Montreal may be the worst team in the league next year, but I predict Max will score 20 goals and 60 points.

Max Domi has a few rookie cards to collect. His most popular cards are the Young Guns cards produced by Upper Deck. The hockey cards can be purchased from my store Off The Post

Max Domi Hockey Cards

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william karlsson

The Las Vegas Golden Knights certainly had a season for the ages. They took the NHL by storm and finshed the season with 109 point, good enough for first place in the Pacific Division.Who would have thought a team with 100-1 Stanley Cup odds would be playing for the CUP in their inaugural season? Unheard of. The Knights did the impossible. Can the Knights repeat such a season? Highly unlikely, but with that said I won’t be betting against them. How well they do depends entirely upon the Golden Misfits. David Perron is gone back to St.Louis and James Neal signed with Calgary. Paul Statsny signed with the Knights and expects to be a major contributor.

The biggest contributor last season was William Karlsson. “Wild Bill” as he was dubbed by his team-mates put up astounding numbers for a player that was let go by the Anaheim Ducks in the expansion draft. William scored 43 goals and 35 assists for 78 points. His previous career high was 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points while with Columbus in 2016-17.

The Golden Knights were so impressed they inked William to a new contract after the season. The 25 year old’s new contract will see him make $5,250,000 this season. He will become an RFA in 2019-20. “This gives us another season with the player under contract, to see how he performs and then put a value on him,” general manager George McPhee said. “Whatever a player’s value is in the market, we will pay it, but there are cases like this one where both sides need more time to evaluate.” “It was unique,” McPhee said. “There aren’t many players that have years like this. We want to be a little bit careful at this point. To (Karlsson’s) credit he believes this is who he is and he is going to continue his great play. We hope he’s right and we have a consistent 40 goal scorer on our team.”

Playing on the top line again in the 2018-19 season with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault should garner similar results for the forward. The trio was the most productive line in the NHL last season producing 92 goals.

The pictured hockey card on the left is an Upper Deck Black Diamond, Triple Diamond rookie card. This card and other William Karlsson hockey cards can be purchased at my store Off The Post

William Karlsson Hockey Cards

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jack eichel

This will be Jack Eichel’s 4th season in the NHL, he was drafted 2nd overall in 2015 behind Connor McDavid. Jack finished last season collecting a career high 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points. The Sabres made a few off season moves that will help Jack this season. The acquisition of Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes being the biggest move of the off season. Skinner has 30-40 goal potential playing with Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel. Jack spent 40% of his even strength time with Jason Pominville and Evander Kane last season. Newly acquired Connor Sheary from the Pittsburgh Penguins will also be a candidate to play on the top line with Jack next season.

Jack will be playing not only with new line-mates this coming season but he will also be playing with a new contract that will see him get $10M for the next 8 years. Jack will have to take a big leap forward this season in point production. Expect Jack to score between 80 and 90 points. A point per game should be attainable considering the talent influx. I don’t expect newly drafted Rasmus Dahlin to factor into Jacks play too much this season but he should be good for at least 35 points. Jack will benefit more from Rasmus Dahlin’s ability to head man the puck at top speeds.

With the departure of Evander Kane to San Jose, Jack has decided to throw number 15 away and put on jersey number 9. Jack wore the number growing up and through college. Jack also wore #9 while playing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship and the IIHF Championship games. “For a long time, the No. 9 has always been a part of my identity as both a person and as a player,” Eichel said in a recent press conference. “The opportunity opened up to switch and I felt it was the right time to make the change as I begin the next phase of my career as a Sabre.”

Jack Eichel’s rookie card, pictured on the left is a 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns. The card is his most popular and can be purchased at Off The Post for $80 USD

Jack Eichel Hockey Cards

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aleksander barkov

Barkov finished last season with a 28 point increase in points from the previous season, 27 goals and 51 assists, his assist total was a career best. He kept his penalty minutes in Lady Byng territory with just 14. He was a finalist for the trophy for the first time in his career but was edged out by the Kings, Anze Kopitar. Barkov also finished a plus 9 on the season.

Alex was a rookie in the 2013-14 season. A native of Tampere, Finland. His father played hockey in the Swedish Elite League. It’s hard to believe he will be going into his sixth pro season and he will be just 23 years old. Barkov is a crazy good hockey player and he is getting better. He is a beast of a man standing at 6’3″ and weighing in at 220 pounds. Alek is an excellent play-maker and his tenacity on the puck is second to none. What is his ceiling as far as point production goes? There is a lot of variables to that question but the main one would be, his health and secondly, who are his line-mates going to be?

Barkov played mainly with Bjugstad and Dadonov at even strength. I expect Dadonov to fully rebound from a dismal season. I see Barkov taking yet another step forward in production. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him surpass 90 points.

Aleksander Barkov has plenty of hockey cards since his Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card (pictured on the left) was produced in the 2014-15 season. His Young Guns card remains the most popular among collectors. I will list a few below for your perusal. They can be purchased at Off The Post If there is a certain card you are looking for please feel free to contact me, I may be able to track it down for you. Please visit the contact page and send me the details.

Aleksander Barkov Hockey Cards

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sam reinhart

Sam Reinhart a native of West Vancouver, BC, was drafted 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2014. Sam has hovered around the 50 point mark since the 2015 season. He managed to get 25 goals but his assists were down from the previous year with just 25. His plus minus was also worse than the previous season at minus 24. Bright spot is Sam had 37 points in his final 38 games. He has improved his play every year but he needs to take a big step forward this year.

Last season there were a few experts around the league saying Reinhart was a possible bust if he didn’t take a big step forward in the 17-18 season. I wouldn’t say he took a big step but he did improve defensively while managing to up his goal total.

Sam played mostly with Scott Wilson and Ryan O’Reilly, approximately 33%. At other times his other winger switched from Wilson to Benoit Pouliot. Look for Sam to play mostly with Jack Eichel this season. Newly acquired Jeff Skinner formerly of the Hurricanes will be the left winger on the top line. The Sabres are toying with the idea that Sam would be the center for Eichel and Skinner, keep that in mind when you are drafting your fantasy team.

I look for Sam to have a breakout year. He will remain on the top unit and top PP unit with Eichel and Skinner and probably Kyle Okposo as long as he can stay healthy. In short, Reinhart is bound to have a break out year with the new talent that surrounds him.

Sam Reinhart’s rookie card was produced by Upper Deck in the 2015-16 season. The card pictured of him in this article is from 2015-16 and can be purchased at Off The Post for $30 USD. Sam has two popular rookie cards both available in 2015-16 Upper Deck. They are both called Young Guns. The main difference is one looks like a painting on canvas and the other is photograph quality. Like I mentioned both are popular but if you were investing, I would steer you in the direction of the regular version.

 

Sam Reinhart Rookie Year Hockey Cards

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These hockey cards and others can be purchased here at Off The Post.

taylor hall

Taylor Hall is coming off an MVP season which saw him win the Hart Trophy as the leagues most valuable player. There was a lot of controversy about the award as some felt McDavid’s season with a hapless Oiler team was more Hart Trophy worthy. One cannot overlook the fact that Taylor Hall’s team the New Jersey Devils made the playoffs as the last wild card team with 97 points. McDavid’s Oilers finished out of the playoffs with just a paltry 78 points.

Taylor finished the year with 93 points with 39 goals and 53 assists, all career highs for the left winger. Taylor had 36 points in his first 36 games and was in 29th place in the scoring race. The second half he turned up the heat and finished with 57 points in 40 games, good enough for 8th place in the scoring race. His 57 points were good enough to finish third behind Malkin and McDavid for most second half points. His 93 points were 41 more than anyone else on his team. He also was a demon when it comes to takeaways.

The 2018-19 season will be Taylor’s ninth year in the league. Last season was his most productive by far. In my opinion Taylor will not top last seasons production. The Devils like the Oilers need to add a few pieces for that to happen. His line-mates last year varied but he ended the year with rookie Nico Hischier as his center and Jesper Bratt on the right side. If Hischier can take another step forward, Hall may produce close to the same stats.

Taylor insists he is not a natural goal scorer, he see himself as more of a playmaker. “I’m not a natural goal-scorer; goal-scoring is something that I really had to learn how to do at this pace,” “With a little luck on your side, you look a bit better than you might have in the past.”

Taylor isn’t the in-mature brat he was in Edmonton any longer, he has matured and with his play last season has told everyone in the NHL that New Jersey is his team.

You can purchase Taylor Hall hockey cards from my store Off The Post If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact me, and I will track down the item you would like to have.

Taylor Hall Hockey Cards

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