Go GTS Presents: Hobby 5 – 2020 NHL Free Agents – Free Agent mania has slowed down, so I’ve been afforded just enough time to pick my top five signings that should make a hobby impact.
Taylor Hall – There was Taylor vs. Tyler, back in 2010 when he was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers. Hall has been on the Oilers, Devils, Coyotes, and now the Buffalo Sabres and has one Hart Trophy to his name. He certainly has kept collectors busy, but he could have a big year with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. I’m expecting a big year in collecting and on the ice for him.
Henrik Lundqvist – “King Henrik” had a 15-year run on Broadway, that’s right up there with “Cats”. He’s one of the most respected goalies of his era, but he’s hoping that signing with the Washington Capitals gets him the crown jewel – the Stanley Cup. He has one Vezina and nine other top-10 finishes for the Trophy and is currently 6th all-time in wins. His hobby popularity is immense, and now he’s undergone a number change, and that will get his collectors talking for sure. If he can find his magic at the age of 38, he will only add to his storied career and his legion of collectors.
Corey Crawford – This former Chicago Blackhawks goalie had a resurgence in this year’s playoffs. He’s won two Stanley Cups but never the Vezina. He’s gotten as high as fifth in the voting. Now with the New Jersey Devils, he can add to his 260 wins and hopes of getting back to the Stanley Cup even though that seems like a longshot. Don’t count out this Canadian-born goalie just yet. Now entering his 14th year, goalie collectors will still be hot on the trail for his new cards.
Jacob Markstrom – This Swedish goalie took a bit longer to become a top goalie in the NHL. Having played four years with the Florida Panthers and seven years with the Vancouver Canucks, the 2008 NHL Draft alumni is hitting his stride. His last two seasons in Vancouver got him two top-10 Vezina finishes, and his fourth-place finish this season was impressive. The Calgary Flames got a good one, his cards will be sought after, and he could his new team on a solid playoff run.
Braden Holtby – This offseason involved some big-name goalies, and the former Capitals Cup winner is no exception. He had a ten-year run in the nation’s capital and won a Vezina with two other top-five finishes. Now with the Vancouver Canucks, beard or not, long hair or not, he is going to be under a lot of pressure to get the Canucks back on a run to the Stanley Cup with better results than his predecessors. Goalie collectors will be all over his cards this season.
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Go GTS Presents: Hobby 5 – 2020 NHL Free Agents
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