Weak NHL Draft Could Hurt 2012-13 Hockey Cards

As most hockey fans know, last night was the NHL Draft. My Edmonton Oilers picked up RW Nail Yakupov who was easily the most talented offensive player in this year’s draft. But after Nail, there were 8 defenseman taken in the first 10 picks.

We all know defenseman, in any sport, aren’t what sports card collectors get hyped over. Sure you have P.K. Subban who was pretty popular in 2010, but he is more of an offensive defenseman and he was drafted by one of the most popular teams in the NHL, the Canadiens.

Collectors will enjoy cards of Ryan Murray, Derrick Pouliot, and other defensive players, but they don’t bring the huge value you might find from someone like Nail or some of the top offensive players in the past few years like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall. There might be a few sleepers in there somewhere, but this year’s offensive talent is just below average.

Hockey cards seem to have been in an upswing and I hope this weak NHL draft doesn’t take away from that momentum.

Football is going to be EXTREMELY popular this year amongst card collectors with the amazing rookie class coming in and all the hype surrounding them, the same can be said for basketball and this year in baseball.

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2 Responses to Weak NHL Draft Could Hurt 2012-13 Hockey Cards

  1. David Brown says:

    You make a good point but are forgetting something, The rookies in 12-13 probably won’t have many draftees with cards other than nail of course. The rookies will consist of players that have been drafted in the last 5-7 years who are now getting their first games in along with the late callups from last year. Strome, Huberdeau,Tarasenko will all be big pulls over the coming months. You will also see increased interest in player like Scheifle who had rookies cards last year but were sent back to junior.

    • I can see some collectors getting excited over those players, but there really isn’t any other “darlings” that people will love to collect. Nail is going to be an obvious collector favorite, but I’m not too sure of the popularity of the others.

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