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.

New Addition to My Memorabilia Shelf: Taylor Hall

Christmas has come and Mrs. Claus brought me some Christmas gifts. I was able to open most of them, including a box of 2011-12 Panini Score hockey in which I will be reviewing soon. But I got something that even beats a box of cards…

Sorry for the bright lights but the case has a mirror behind it.

My newest addition is actually my first autographed puck that I own as well my first Taylor Hall autograph. The autograph is nice and clean in gold ink and isn’t across the team logo so it actually looks even better.

See that link to SportsMemorabilia.com on the right sidebar? She bought it from there and has been buying memorabilia for me from there and it’s all really quality stuff, so make sure you click that link over there and check them out.

An awesome Christmas gift makes an awesome Christmas. I hope everyone else had an awesome Christmas like myself.