Jamie Benn was drafted 129th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. Not exactly a big name prospect, Benn has always been able to do one important thing. Score.
During his major junior career with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL, Benn scored 65 points in his rookie season and then scored a team-high 46 goals and 82 points in only 56 games in 2008–09. Benn didn’t stop there and paced the Rockets with a playoff-leading 33 points in only 19 games to capture the 2009 Ed Chynoweth Cup title. Jamie Benn made the Stars’ roster for the 2009–10 season and has scored 3 goals and 10 points in his young NHL career.
In terms of international play, Jamie Benn was selected to Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships and scored 4 goals and 6 points in 6 games. Benn shared the stage with John Tavares, Cody Hodgson, and PK Subban and helped lead Canada to its fifth straight gold medal.
Jamie Benn has appeared previously in ITG Heroes and Prospects but his first Upper Deck rookie card will be his UD Series One Young Gun (#212) and will be available this season at Canada Card World
Teenagers! Normally people complain about teenagers. This NHL season, however, collectors are loving all of the teenagers who are lighting up the scoreboard and bringing the excitement back to the NHL. Ryan O’Reilly is part of this group. The Colorado Avalanche drafted O’Reilly 33rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and along with Matt Duchene and a stone wall in the net named Craig Anderson, the Avalanche have quickly jumped back to the NHL elite for the first quarter of the season.
Ryan O’Reilly was not expected to make the Avalanche team this season but a strong pre-season and 11 points in his first 13 NHL games made it an easy decision. Just what Tavares needed… another Calder challenger!
Ryan O’Reilly has appeared previously in ITG Heroes and Prospects but his first Upper Deck rookie card will be his UD Series One Young Gun (#213) and will be available this season at Canada Card World
The 2009-10 NHL season is turning out many special young players. Here is the checklist of redemptions from this season’s 09-10 UD Black hockey.
2009/10 NHL UD Black Autographed Rookie Letterman Exchange Cards 73 John Tavares 74 Matt Duchene 75 Victor Hedman 76 Evander Kane 77 James Van Riemsdyk 78 Jonas Gustavsson 79 Logan Couture 80 Brad Marchand 81 Tyler Myers 82 Jamie Benn 83 Colin Wilson 84 Michael Del Zotto 85 Viktor Stalberg 86 Michael Grabner 87 Tyler Bozak 88 Erik Karlsson 89 Matt Gilroy 90 Ryan O’Reilly 91 Dmitry Kulikov 92 Sergei Shirokov 93 Cody Franson
The UD Black Letterman Redemption cards are all sequentially numbered to only 99 copies and will be autographed. Upper Deck expects to send these cards to collectors in late February 2010.
If you were lucky enough to pull a Fleer Ultra Rookie Redemption card, we now know who exactly you pulled. It’s a great rookie class this season so it’s hard to go wrong.
2009/10 NHL Ultra Rookies Exchange Cards 201 John Tavares 202 Matt Duchene 203 Victor Hedman 204 Evander Kane 205 James Van Riemsdyk 206 Jonas Gustavsson 207 Jamie Benn 208 Erik Karlsson 209 Tyler Myers 210 Ryan O’Reilly 211 Matt Gilroy 212 Michael Del Zotto 213 Viktor Stalberg 214 Tyler Bozak 215 Sergei Shirokov 216 Colin Wilson 217 Benn Ferriero 218 Michael Grabner 219 Dmitry Kulikov 220 Cody Franson
Upper Deck expects the Fleer Ultra cards to be completed in early February 2010.
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James Neal was selected 33rd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. Known for hard-hitting style mixed with skill, Neal earned a place on the gold medal winning Canadian World Junior hockey team in 2007. Neal was also chosen for the OHL Western Conference All-Star team and later in the season helped the Plymouth Whalers win the OHL title. He led all scorers with 5 goals in the Memorial Cup final and 25 points in 20 total playoff games.
During his rookie season in 2008-09, James Neal broke the Dallas Stars’ franchise record for goals scored by a rookie with 24 goals in total on the season. Currently, Neal is lighting up the score sheet on a consistent basis and is in the top-20 NHL scorers will 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points after only 12 games this season.
As Neal’s scoring skills are starting to take over the spotlight, his first NHL fight was one of historic proportions as he mauled fellow rookie Derrick Brassard. The fight not only bloodied Brassard into submission but it also ended Brassard’s promising rookie season.
Upper Deck Series One 2008-09 containing Neal’s Young Gun RC is out now and available at Canada Card World
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