Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Top prospect Anthony Mantha will soon make his professional debut for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, and he is already in town while rehabbing from a fractured tibia he suffered during rookie camp. I finally got to meet Mantha on Friday at the Griffins game, and he was nice enough to sign four cards and a puck. Shown above are two cards from Upper Deck's Team Canada set, while below are two of Manthas 2013-14 ITG Heroes and Prospects cards. The Red Wings selected Mantha 20th overall in 2013, after a season that saw the young center lead the QMJHL with 50 goals. Last season was the one that put him on everyone's radar, as he scored 57 goals (120 points) during the regular season and 24 goals (38 points) in the playoffs. Both of those totals gave him an average of a goal per game, so the excitement in Detroit's organization is easy to understand.
And here's a look at my puck:
Saturday, October 25, 2014
On Friday, Oct. 24 the Grand Rapids Griffins hosted the Lake Erie Monsters, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. We didn't catch any of the Lake Erie players when they were in town two weeks prior, but we had incredibly good luck this week! I ended up leaving with all but one of the cards I brought signed, and with a pretty full team sheet as well.
On the team sheet above, clockwise from top left:
Paul Carey (28), Sami Aittokallio (74), Bruno Gervais (27)
Markus Lauridsen (11), Andrew Aggozino (18)
Joey Hishon (38), Max Noreau (26), Samuel Henley (42)
Dennis Everberg, Daniel Maggio (44), Roman Will (34)
Mike Sgarbossa (43), Borna Rendulic (71), Karl Stollery (3)
Kenny Ryan (17), Calvin Pickard (31) and Michael Schumacher (24).
Assistant coach Randy Ladouceur signed four cards from his NHL time with the Hartford Whalers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Michael Sgarbossa signed three cards, including a 2013-14 Upper Deck AHL card
Goaltender Calvin Pickard, fresh back from time in Colorado, signed two cards including an Upper Deck AHL (I love these cards!)
Goalie Sami Aittokallio, who started Friday's game, signed an O-Pee-Chee RC
Defenseman Stefan Elliott signed a 2011-12 ITG Heroes/Prospects and an OPC card
Troy Bourke signed 2011-12 and 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects cards
Duncan Siemens signed his 2011-12 Heroes and Prospects card
Former Minnesota Wild prospect Max Noreau signed a couple 2010-11 Score Hot Rookies
Finally, I got Bruno Gervais on the team sheet above but didn't get my card signed.
Kevin was nice enough to give me this Heroes and Prospects card.
I also had some luck with a few Griffins players, so keep coming back this week to see what other cards I was able to get signed! Trade page will be updated (probably next weekend) to reflect recent additional cards from this season so far.