...you know you've received an amazing trade package!
Wax Stain Rookie. It was one of the centerpieces to a very thoughtful and much appreciated holiday care package. I don't recall having seen this one previously, but it's from the 2014-15 Leaf In the Game CHL Top Prospects Canada's Best set. Quite a mouthful.
Normally, a card of the hottest name in hockey (who just so happens to be pacing the NHL in points at the time of this post) would be the highlight of any trade package. There was one card that topped even this one however. Before we get to that let's take a look at a few other goodies Dave sent along...
Alexander Khochlachev is playing over in the KHL these days. Seth Griffith was a 2012 draft pick of the Bruins. He showed some good potential in his limited NHL playing time, and was a big scorer at the AHL level (second in points in the AHL last year). He was claimed off of waivers by the Leafs earlier this year, then after appearing in just a few games was again scraped off of waivers by the Panthers. He's recorded three assists in his last five games with Florida, so maybe he's found a home at last. He's still just 23 years old, and clearly has the offensive skills to make it in the NHL, so I'll be watching his career unfold with interest.
And now, for the card that really blew me away...behold!
second time he's bestowed a '50s Parkhurst card upon me! These cards are just so interesting to hold in hand, their smaller size reminds me a lot of the '50s Bowman baseball releases.
I'm astounded that Dave was kind enough to send this my way, because Quackenbush was no slouch. Known as a very nice guy, Bill was actually the first NHL defenseman to win the Lady Byng Trophy (awarded for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct). Bill's 14-year NHL career was impressive enough that it landed him a spot in the Hockey HOF!
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