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

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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

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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.

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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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