Each and every season, Matt Duchene was always spoken about… but not before John Tavares was spoken about first. This season, with an exciting Colorado team, Duchene is getting the recognition and the press.

After starting his rookie season with only 7 points in his first 21 games, collectors were unimpressed. These days, it’s all about instant gratification for the majority of collectors. The second part of Duchene’s first season made those who had patience, the big winners.

As Colorado legitimizes their hot start from last season with another solid start in the first quarter of the 2010-11 season, Duchene continues to mature and dazzle with his tape-to-tape passes. Not only is his skill shining through, he now has his first NHL fight under his belt… a head-lining bout against Vladimir Sobotka of the St. Louis Blues.

With 21 points in his first 23 games of the 2010-11 season, Duchene continues to build on the promise he’s shown for years. At the ripe old age of 19, he is ready to stake his claim on NHL stardom. His various rookie cards from last season are becoming harder to attain at reasonable prices as more collectors stray from John Tavares and the woeful New York Islanders. It’s hard to become a superstar without a supporting cast.

With an 80-point season a definite possibility, can a 100-point season be far off? Although Colorado has a short history, he could potentially join Sakic and Forsberg as a local legend in the not too distant future.

No longer is 2009-10 a discussion of John Tavares versus Victor Hedman. Duchene may be king!

Matt Duchene’s rookie cards are available in most 2009-10 Upper Deck products from Canada Card World.

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In The Game is tossing out a pretty big claim this season. They’re saying that “This could be the best Heroes and Prospects ever!” That’s a big claim considering how successful last season’s release was.

The base card checklist will include some favourite heroes including Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Pavel Bure, Steve Yzerman, Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash, Pelle Lindbergh, and Steven Stamkos. Although the heroes are a nice addition to the set, what most collectors are eager for is the list of hot new players to collect… those who have been recently drafted or will be in the near future.

This season the autograph card checklist is exciting and they will be inserted in every eight packs on average.

The game-used memorabilia cards are spectacular once again too. Great game-used memorabilia from the Top Prospects Game and Subway Series are included this year along with an autograph version. National Pride, Net Prospects, Prospect Trios, Quad Patch, Complete Jersey are some of the other game-used memorabilia inserts.

There are 100 cards in the non-memorabilia insert set to collect this year. Calder Cup Winner, Memorial Cup Winner, Class of 2011 (redemption for game-used memorabilia cards of first round draft picks), 75th Anniversary of the AHL, and 100 Years of Card Collecting are the different insert sets.

2010-11 ITG Heroes and Prospects will be released on January 20th, 2011 and will be available for pre-order soon at Canada Card World.

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Sunday Fun-Day Fun Facts

28 November 2010

This week, NHL Central Scouting released its list of the top CHL, USHL, and International prospects available for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

For years, we’ve all been hearing about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Larsson, and Sean Couturier.

Besides the top young guns chosen each year, those who have been drooled over since they were fourteen or fifteen, the players which catch scouts and fans eyes are often those who grew up around the game. In recent drafts, we’ve seen selections such as Jarred Tinordi (Mark), Brandon Sutter (Brent), and Nick Foligno (Mike) to name a few. All sons of former NHLers.

The upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be no different. Two last names jump right off the page.

David Musil, D, Vancouver Giants, 4th ranked WHL Skater

David is the son of former Minnesota North Stars and Calgary Flames stalwart defenseman Frantisek Musil. Frantisek played nearly 800 NHL games. Although never known for his skill, his toughness was legendery. Not only does David have his father’s toughness in his bloodlines, let’s not forget that his uncle is Stanley Cup winner and tough as nails competitor Bobby Holik.

No one wanted to find Frank Musil in their hockey card packs. This may change with David Musil who has shown some offensive flair in his short career with the Vancouver Giants. If he was drafted by his local Vancouver Canucks, he may become a local legend.

Alexander Ruuttu, C, Jokerit Jr., 12th ranked Finnish skater

Alexander Ruuttu was born in Chicago. Not a typical name for someone from the Windy City. That happened because his father, Christian Ruuttu was playing for the local Chicago Blackhawks at the time.

Although often being remembered mainly as a solid contributor to the Buffalo Sabres in the late-80’s and early-90’s, Christian Ruuttu spent a few years in Chicago and Vancouver before returning to Europe to finish his career.

‘Like father, like son’ best describes the skill level of Alexander and Christian. Both play with an edge to their game and both contribute at almost a point per game pace.

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From Panini:

Earlier this week, Panini brought collectors an early look at 2010-11 Donruss Hockey in their blog. This past Wednesday, Panini America Hockey Brand Manager Al Muir and Assistant Brand Manager Clint Hall had the pleasure of quality controlling two hobby cases of the highly anticipated product that releases next week.

One of the highlights of the process was a treat for every red-blooded male… getting a glimpse of the Fans of the Game card featuring Pamela Anderson.

Other highlights included the Rated Rookies subset, die-cut certified autographs, and old-school Donruss “D”.

Nova Scotia Card Show:

There is a sports card show today, Saturday November 27th at the Bingo Room at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 9am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Free admission.

According to the organizers, the November card show is traditionally one of the better shows of the collecting year. Often, dealers are loaded with great finds after returning from the Sports Card Expo in Toronto, Ontario only a few weeks earlier.

From Topps:

Topps is continuing its 2010 Chrome Baseball Bounty Prize Card Contest. Topps is designating certain 2010 Chrome Baseball cards as “bounty prize cards”.  If you are the owner of these cards, send an email to Topps. In the email, include a picture of yourself holding the card so they can verify that you are actually in possession of the prize card or cards.  The first person to do so each will be awarded the prize.

Contest #5 was just completed. This week’s requirement was any color refractor of the following 4 players: Tim Lincecum, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, and Matt Cain.  All 4 cards were needed to win.

This time the prize was a game-used base from the 2002 NL Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants. The lucky winner of this round was Ryan Badger of Wake Forest, NC.

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For years now, Toronto Maple Leaf fans have been waiting for their new saviour. It’s been quite a number of years since Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, and Mats Sundin attempted to lead the Leafs to the promised land and a Stanley Cup. They’ve all failed. Since 1967, there has been no one to carry them to the top.

Next in line for this ill-fated honour. Nazem Kadri.

With size and skill and a fearlessness which few players possess, Kadri should make some waves this season and into the future.

There are few cities in the sporting world which carry inconceivable amounts of pressure. New York, Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, and Toronto are prime examples.

Drafted 7th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kadri won the J. Ross Robertson Cup with the Kitchener Rangers, and played in the 2008 Memorial Cup, losing in the final to the Spokane Chiefs. Kadri represented Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where the team won the silver medal.

Kadri earned an emergency call-up with the Maple Leafs during the 2009-10 NHL season and made his NHL debut on February 8, 2010. Due to the basis of the call-up, Kadri did not have rookie cards made until this season.

With 4 assists in 5 games this season, Kadri is showing that he belongs in the NHL. Although the 20 year old is still seeking his first NHL goal, it’s obvious to see that it will happen quite soon.

Whether he ever achieves the heights which some fans envision him reaching, he is a worthy gamble. Although a Stanley Cup isn’t in the cards this season, certainly Toronto Maple Leaf fans won’t have to wait another 43 years for glory.

Or will they?

Nazem Kadri’s rookie cards are available in all Panini and Upper Deck 2010-11 products for sale this season at Canada Card World.

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