Sunday, September 30, 2012

Michael Chaput

Date sent: March 12, 2012
Date received: April 25, 2012
Total time: 44 days
Total players responses: 491
Total 2012 responses: 94

Probably not quite the most exciting player I've ever showcased (see Bobby Orr), but is currently a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.  He's still a young prospect, with the ability to find open areas and will be counted on in the future years as Rick Nash has left the team in pursuit of a greater chance of a Stanley Cup.  Thanks for the auto Michael!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ben Maxwell

Date sent: April 16, 2012
Date received: April 27, 2012
Total time: 11 days
Total players responses: 490
Total 2012 responses: 93

A nice autograph by Ben Maxwell, currently playing for the St.John Icecaps.  Ben has been bouncing around from team to team, having had stops in Montreal, Atlanta/Winnipeg and Anaheim.  I have a feeling that Ben most likely won't ever be a solid contender to be a mainstay in the NHL, or at the very least, a 4th liner.  Thanks for the auto Ben!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paul Reinhart

Date sent: April 14, 2012
Date received: April 27, 2012
Total time: 13 days
Total players responses: 489
Total 2012 responses: 92

Paul Reinhart, obviously, was a former Vancouver Canuck.  He only played for the Canucks for two seasons (the final two of his career), but played most of his career as a Flame.  Paul was initially drafted by the Atlanta Flames, 12th overall, in the 1979 entry draft.  He currently resides in Vancouver, BC and is the son of future NHL star Griffin, Max & Sam Reinhart.  Thanks for the auto Paul!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sergei Bobrovsky

Date sent: October 20, 2011
Date received: May 23, 2012
Total time: 216 days
Total players responses: 488
Total 2012 responses: 91

Sergei Bobrovsky is a Russian born hockey player, currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He went undrafted, but started his career with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sergei was essentially deemed expendable when Ilya Bryzgalov was signed to a massive 9 year deal.  At least now Sergei should get in more starts this year than he would've gotten in Philly!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brendan Gaunce

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: May 3, 2012
Total time: 59 days
Total players responses: 487
Total 2012 responses: 90

Brendan Gaunce, the newest member of the Canucks organization being the 1st round draft pick.  He was slated to be picked roughly in the 13th position and was rated the top Canadian forward.  He is currently the captain of the Belleville Bulls and will be relied heavily upon this season.  Good luck Brendan!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brad May

Date sent: April 27, 2012
Date received: May 9, 2012
Total time: 12 days
Total players responses: 486
Total 2012 responses: 89

A nice auto by former Vancouver Canuck Brad May.  Brad played for 7 teams in his career, most notably for the Buffalo Sabres.  His historic goal vs the Boston Bruins created the announcer to shout "May Day! May Day!" as he had deked out a few players to score a goal.  Thanks Brad for the nice auto!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vincent Lecavailer

Date sent: July 7, 2011
Date received: May 3, 2012
Total time: 31 days
Total players responses: 485
Total 2012 responses: 88

Sweet, my first autograph by Vincent L. of the Tampa Bay Lighting.  I believe Vincent is a strict "one per" autograph policy when returning TTM.  Not much needs to be said about Vincent as he's pretty much won it all.  A Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and numerous amount of hardware from the NHL.  An amazing player and seems like he's genuinely a nice guy!  Thanks for the auto Vince!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ray Whitney

Date sent: April 26, 2012
Date received: July 5, 2012
Total time: 70 days
Total players responses: 484
Total 2012 responses: 87

A nice Ray Whitney autograph on my OPC card.  This is my second time getting Whitney's autograph, but the first through TTM.  You can view it here.  Ray is a veteran hockey player, approaching his early 40s now.  Hopefully the lockout will not proceed too much longer and enable him to get back to the game that he loves.  Thanks for the auto Ray!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Adam Henrique

Date sent: April 14, 2012
Date received: July 9, 2012
Total time: 86 days
Total players responses: 483
Total 2012 responses: 86

Too bad no hockey for the beginning of the season.  Adam Henrique would've been a part of the NJ Devils and help them compete for a Stanley Cup again this year.  Last year he put up just over 50 points in 76 games and contributed in the playoffs, putting up 13 points.  Unfortunately, he was reassigned to Albany Devils for the beginning of the season, which can't be terribly bad as he'll continue to develop his skills.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jonas Hiller

Date sent: June 22, 2011
Date received: April 21, 2012
Total time: 304 days
Total players responses: 482
Total 2012 responses: 85

Jonas Hiller, the All-Star, currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.  He was an undrafted prospect when he first hit the NHL scene in 2007 by then GM Brian Burke.  Since then, he's been a pretty solid goaltender, having gone to the Stanley Cup Finals and participating in the NHL All-Star game, among other NHL accolades. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Eric Staal

Date sent: January 15, 2011
Date received: May 28, 2012
Total time: 499 days
Total players responses: 481
Total 2012 responses: 84

A long response from Eric Staal, but well worth it.  Eric is going to be in heaven this year, as he'll be able to play along side with Jordan, and perhaps Marc in the future.  I've gotten a return from Eric before, linked here, oddly enough, on the same card.  Oops! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Chris Pronger

Date sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: July 25, 2012
Total time: 26 days
Total players responses: 480
Total 2012 responses: 83

Chris Pronger is a pretty consistent TTM'er from what I've seen.  He's signed a few cards for me before, and most likely will be signing many more for fans before his retirement.  A cup winner and all around top NHL defenseman, he'll be one player that the game will miss once he's finally ready to hang up the skates.  Thanks for the auto Chris!