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.

3 Contests Time! Score Some Free Cards!

Alright, alright, it’s the first week of July and we at Sports Card Blog have prizes to give away. That’s right, thanks to Panini for sponsoring our reviews recently I am giving away fabulous prizes!

To enter the contest is really simple. I am holding 3 separate contests.

Contest #1: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Panini Luxury Suite hockey. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive the Jeff Carter GU Jersey numbered to 599 and the Matt Duchene/Milan Hejduk Dual GU Jersey numbered to 599. If the winner is not a hockey fan, I will allow the opportunity to spin the Wheel O’ Awesome! (Could include hockey prize as well, be forewarned, or even base cards)

Contest #2: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Donruss Elite football. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive the Kyle Rudolph New Breed RC Jersey numbered to 299 and the Jimmy Smith Rookie Autograph numbered to 499. If the winner isn’t a football fan, I will allow the opportunity to spin the Wheel O’ Awesome! (Again, prize may be not as good!)

Finally Contest #3: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Score football. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive a Torrey Smith Gold Zone RC, Jason Witten Complete Player Glossy, Drew Brees Red Zone, Von Miller Hot Rookies, and Tony Romo In The Zone. There is no Wheel O’ Awesome option in this contest!

So there you have it. 3 Contests. Deadline is Saturday July 9, 2011, at 10pm PST. Winners will be chosen sometime on Sunday. Prizes will be sent sometime that following Thursday or Friday.

Oh, wait…BLOGGERS BONUS! Hey bloggers, pimp this contest in your blog and gain an extra entry into each one of the contests you enter! Just link to this post in a blog post and send me the link to get your bonus entries! I love my fellow bloggers so this time around it’s your opportunity to get some bonus action.