Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: April 18, 2012
Total time: 44 days
Total players responses: 460
Total 2012 responses: 63

Going with the Buffalo Sabres theme, I have Jerome Gauthier-Leduc's autograph.  Jerome is a 2010 entry draft pick by the Sabres in the 3rd round.  He's an average sized (6'0) defenseman with a right handed shot.  He played on the Oceanic last season, putting up an impressive 74 points.  Way to go buddy!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mikhail Grigorenko

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: March 20, 2012
Total time: 15 days
Total players responses: 459
Total 2012 responses: 62

A great return from now future Buffalo Sabre center Mikhail Grigorenko.  He was, at one time, ranked as high as 2nd overall for the draft and a challenge for first overall against Nail Yakapov.  Last Friday, he was drafted 12th overall and will challenge for a center spot vs a lot of centers on the team, some of which include Cody Hodgson, Derek Roy and newly acquired prospect, Zemgus Girgensons. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jarrod Maidens

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: April 11, 2012
Total time: 37 days
Total players responses: 458
Total 2012 responses: 61

A great return from yet another prospect in Jarrod Maidens.  He is eligible for the 2012 draft in Pittsburgh this year.  He is projected to go in the 2nd round, according to the 2012 Final TSN Draft Rankings.  I'm not sure how much I'd take into them though.  He was injured this past season, and is bound to be a good pick, but obviously his injuries played a part in his "low" rankings.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scott Stajcer

Date sent: March 21, 2012
Date received: April 11, 2012
Total time: 21 days
Total players responses: 457
Total 2012 responses: 60

A good return from NY draftee Scott Stajcer.  He was drafted 140th overall in 2009 by the Rangers, and recently started with the big club while in Europe.  He managed to get in two games, but returned back to Owen Sound shortly after.  It appears as if he's got an alright chance of making the NHL, but he needs to improve on his consistency in order to get a second look.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Slater Koekkoek

Date sent: March 12, 2012
Date received: April 13, 2012
Total time: 13 days
Total players responses: 456
Total 2012 responses: 59

Potential 1st round draft pick signed my card in a black sharpie.  This past season, Slater played for the Petes as a defenseman.  He has been ridden with injuries this past season, which may have scouts uneasy about his skills.  He has tremendous size and a good hockey sense, and was leading the charge for the Petes before his injuries had him sidelines.  He potentially could go mid-late in the 1st round.  We'll find out this Friday!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dylan McIlrath

Date sent: February 28, 2012
Date received: April 2, 2012
Total time: 34 days
Total players responses: 455
Total 2012 responses: 58

Nice autograph and personalized return from Dylan McIlrath.  Dylan signed my heroes and prospects card in a black sharpie and is probably one of the better signatures from junior players I've seen.  Dylan is a 6'5, NY Ranger draftee who played for the Warriors this season in the WHL.  He'll most likely head over to Connecticut for some extra conditioning before he hits the big leagues!  Thanks Dylan!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Robin Gusse

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: April 3, 2012
Total time: 29 days
Total players responses: 454
Total 2012 responses: 57

Nice return from Robin Gusse, which is obviously the autograph from a dying sharpie!  Robin currently plays in the QMJHL for Rouyn-Noranda.  He was traded there in 2010/2011 season from Sagueneens Chicoutimi.  Thanks for the autograph Robin and good luck this season!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Michael Houser

Date sent: March 9, 2012
Date received: March 27, 2012
Total time: 18 days
Total players responses: 453
Total 2012 responses: 56

Nice autograph on my Between the Pipes card by Michael Houser.  Michael was amazing this past year for the Knights, where he posted a 46-15-1 record leading them to a 1st place in their conference and in the league.  He wasn't drafted into the NHL, but I'm guessing that he's been such a fighter, he'll bound to be picked up by a team!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Scott Laughton

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: March 27, 2012
Total time: 22 days
Total players responses: 452
Total 2012 responses: 55

Scott Laughton is going to be eligible for the 2012 entry draft which is going to be held in Pittsburgh this year.  He's used to going high in draft picks, as he was drafted 3rd overall, only behind Brendan Gaunce and Alex Galchenyuk, in the 2012 OHL draft.  This year, he's slated to go somewhere in the last half of the 1st round, potentially a pick up for the Vancouver Canucks.  Thanks Scott!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stuart Percy

Date sent: March 7, 2012
Date received: March 29, 2012
Total time: 22 days
Total players responses: 451
Total 2012 responses: 54

Stuart Percy is a former World U-17 Champion for Team Canada.  He was drafted by the Leafs last entry draft, going 25th overall.  He's an averaged size player, and most likely will be a 2 way defender, potentially a 2nd pairing type of player.  Thanks for the auto Stuart!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tyler Bunz

Date sent: March 1, 2012
Date received: March 19, 2012
Total time: 18 days
Total players responses: 450
Total 2012 responses: 53

Super quick return from Oilers' prospect Tyler Bunz.  Tyler was drafted 121st overall, but has been playing decent the last few years.  The Oil recently gave Tyler a contact extension, a 3 year entry level contract.  He should fit in quite nicely when they need a new goalie, as he fits in with the age group that the young Oilers seem to have.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Al Secord

Date sent: May 23rd, 2011
Date received: April 17th, 2012
Total time: 330 days
Total players responses: 449
Total 2012 responses: 52

I'm actually really liking Al Secord's autograph.  His printing as well as his signature is probably one of the best I've seen as long as I've been getting TTMs.  I do think that players now a days get so many requests that they're almost forced to limit the amount of characters in their autograph for times' sake.  Regardless I'm super stoked about this autograph, it turned out quite nicely!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Phillip Danault

Date received: February 23rd, 2012
Total players responses: 448
Total 2012 responses: 51

Nice pick up from Phillip Danault of the Victoriaville Tigres.  I got this card, like the rest below, from the latest box of Heroes and Prospects 11-12.  I've gotten Phil's autograph before here, but this is the first official auto from him.  Phillip was a 1st round draft pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jonathan Racine

Date received: February 23rd, 2012
Total players responses: 447
Total 2012 responses: 50

Jonathan Racine was drafted in the 3rd round by the Florida Panthers.  By no means, projected by Hockey's Future, is Jonathan going to be a top 6 forward.  They currently suggest that he spend a few years in the minor leagues, working on his game to become a bottom 6 forward.  At least he'll make the NHL, maybe.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jarrod Maidens

Date received: February 23rd, 2012
Total players responses: 446
Total 2012 responses: 49

This was another hit in the most recent pull.  Jarrod Maidens is a good prospect and is eligible for the 2012 entry draft this year.  Its predicted he could potentially go in the 1st round, according to Hockey's Future, although Craig Button of TSN has him rated just outside of the 1st round (31st overall), back in April.