Future Watch: Maxime Lajoie Rookie Hockey Cards, Senators

Future Watch: Maxime Lajoie Rookie Hockey Cards, SenatorsFuture Watch: Maxime Lajoie Rookie Hockey Cards, SenatorsMaxime Lajoie was drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the 133rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. To say this was a pick that wasn’t expected to make it to the NHL a few years later is an understatement.

The smooth-skating defenseman started out his career with the Swift Current Broncos. In his first season, he had 40 points in 73 games. He had seven goals, a trend that would continue, he can score goals. And in the playoffs, he had three points in four games.

In 2015-16, his points dropped but he had eight goals. The next season he had seven goals and 42 points in 68 games. He wore the “A” and he had nine points in 14 playoff games. That’s when the Senators knew he could turn pro.

In 2017-18, he played in the AHL and ECHL. It was a year of learning for him. He had to round out his game and 15 points in 56 games in the AHL with Belleville didn’t suggest he could crack the NHL roster the following season.

Lajoie had a great training camp in 2018. His defense was good, and his offense was jumping off the page. Really it was his puck moving and his shot and he made the team. He had a nice season getting seven goals and 15 points in 56 games. It’s something to build on.

Here’s a look at his NHL debut where he was already firing the puck:

Collectors can find his rookie cards in 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, Parkhurst and SP Game-Used to name a few.

Now 21, collectors and fans alike can expect him to get around double-digit goals and 30-40 points a season. That could be next year or the year after. Either way, he’s a player who should be collected.

Future Watch: Maxime Lajoie Rookie Hockey Cards, Senators – Stats

NHL Standard career statistics
Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
2018-19 21 OTT NHL 56 7 8 15 -25 20 3 4 0 0 4 4 0 79 8.9 165 1059 18:54 0 0 82 34 13 48
Career 1 yr NHL 56 7 8 15 -25 20 3 4 0 0 4 4 0 79 8.9 165 1059 18:54 0 0 82 34 13 48
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/1/2019.

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