People who don't follow NHL hockey too closely may not realize it, but there are plenty of impressive young players in today's game whose last names aren't McDavid or Eichel. Maybe it's just because I'm following the game even more closely the past few years in particular, but it seems to me that more than ever the NHL is brimming with young talent.
This past winter I made it a point to grab some nice cards of these players from the "second tier", but on a budget. I plan to highlight one or two of these guys a week during this season's playoff run. Hopefully you'll learn of a player you knew little about, or at the very least be reminded that you don't need to shell out a ton of money to land a solid rookie card of a promising youngster.
Kicking off the series today is St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri:
Fabbri became a key member of the Blues roster, and appeared in all but 10 of the team's games this year (injury). He scored 18 goals despite missing those 10 games, and that coming in a season for which he was just 19 years old for the first half of! With the speed and talent he displayed at his age this season, I don't think it's inconceivable that he could turn into a regular 30-goal scorer at the NHL level. At the very least, he'll be a guy to watch when the Blues kick off their first-round match-up against the rival Blackhawks tomorrow night.
2011 Allen & Ginter Hobby - I don't actually recall even opening a pack of these ever; not even in 2011. Let's see what we have inside! Prince Fielder, Travis Hafner (Indians! Waho...