Meet the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns – If collectors were concerned about any sort of letdown from the burgeoning checklist of high profile talent on the roster of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, they needn’t worry. 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey has no shortage of future NHL Stars on the Young Guns checklist, which consists of 49 total players.
Clearly, the Buffalo Sabres’, Jack Eichel, who was the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is the most recognizable name on the checklist. As would be expected, the realized secondary market prices of the former Hobey Baker award winner are leading the pack in terms of sales.
So who are these other players? Over the next several weeks, our Future Watch hockey player profiles will take a detailed look at many of the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns. In the meantime, here is a top level overview of the players, collectors should be looking for as they are breaking boxes.
First though, some nuggets of information to keep in mind as it pertains to the Young Guns roster as a whole.
– A large percentage of the players on the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns checklist are currently on the active roster of their NHL teams.
– Several players on the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns checklist are former first round NHL Draft picks.
– The 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns checklist includes several goalies. It is one of the toughest positions to break into in all of sports. Organizations usually have great patience in developing goaltenders. These young prospects often spend several years in the minors before being given the chance to become the everyday net minder.
– As an example, two-time Stanley Cup champion, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks was eligible for the Calder Trophy at the age of 26! Most of the goalies on the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns checklist are already playing for their NHL affiliate teams in the AHL. In the future, collectors will have to go back several years to acquire these future starters rookie cards, except for the savvy ones who stock up now.
– Team collectors will appreciate knowing just how many players from their team are on the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns checklist. The Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks lead the way with four players each, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators each with three players. (Listed below in alphabetical order by team.)
Anaheim Ducks (2), Arizona Coyotes (1), Boston Bruins (2), Buffalo Sabres (2), Carolina Hurricanes (4), Chicago Blackhawks (3), Columbus Blue Jackets (1), Dallas Stars (3), Detroit Redwings (1), Edmonton Oilers (2), Florida Panthers (2), L.A. Kings (1), Minnesota Wild (2), Montreal Canadiens (3), Nashville Predators (1), New Jersey Devils (1), New York Islanders (1), New York Rangers (1), Ottawa Senators (3), Philadelphia Flyers (4), San Jose Sharks (2), Tampa Bay Lightning (1), Toronto Maple Leafs (1), Vancouver Canucks (4), Washington Capitals (1)
Meet the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns
|Card||Player||NHL Team||Position||Draft Year/Pick||Current Team|
|451||Jack Eichel||Buffalo Sabres||Center||2015/2||Buffalo/NHL|
|452||Charles Hudon||Montreal Canadiens||Left Wing||2012/122||St. Johns/AHL|
|453||Nikolay Goldobin||San Jose Sharks||Right Wing||2014/27||San Jose/AHL|
|454||Logan Shaw||Florida Panthers||Right Wing||2011/76||Florida/NHL|
|455||Frank Vatrano||Boston Bruins||Center||Undrafted||Boston/NHL|
|456||Jujhar Khaira||Edmonton Oilers||Center||2012/63||Edmonton/NHL|
|457||Jake Virtanen||Vancouver Canucks||Right Wing||2014/6||Vancouver/NHL|
|458||Andreas Athanasiou||Detroit Redwings||Center||2012/110||Detroit/NHL|
|459||Tanner Kero||Chicago Blackhawks||Center||Undrafted||Rockford/AHL|
|460||Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||Defense||2009/100||Ottawa/NHL|
|461||Zachary Fucale||Montreal Canadiens||Goalie||2013/36||St. Johns/AHL|
|462||Hunter Shinkaruk||Calgary Flames||Winger||2013/24||Stockton/AHL|
|463||Brendan Ranford||Dallas Stars||Left Wing||2010/209||Texas/AHL|
|464||Juuse Saros||Nashville Predators||Goalie||2013/99||Milwaukee/AHL|
|465||Adam Pelech||New York Islanders||Defense||2012/65||New York/NHL|
|466||Michael Keranen||Minnesota Wild||Forward||Undrafted||Binghamton/AHL|
|467||Dylan DeMelo||San Jose Sharks||Defense||2011/179||San Jose/NHL|
|468||Mark Alt||Philadelphia Flyers||Defense||2010/53||Lehigh/AHL|
|469||Jaccob Slavin||Carolina Hurricanes||Defense||2012/120||Carolina/NHL|
|470||Alexandre Grenier||Vancouver Canucks||Forward||2011/90||Utica/AHL|
|471||Louis Domingue||Arizona Coyotes||Goalie||2010/138||Arizona/NHL|
|472||Linus Ullmark||Buffalo Sabres||Goalie||2012/163||Rochester/AHL|
|473||Derek Forbort||L.A. Kings||Defense||2010/15||L.A./NHL|
|474||Brady Skjei||New York Rangers||Defense||2012/28||New York/NHL|
|475||Ryan Hartman||Chicago Blackhawks||Right Wing||2013/30||Rockford/AHL|
|476||Max McCormick||Ottawa Senators||Left Wing||2011/171||Binghamton/AHL|
|477||Vincent Hinostroza||Chicago Blackhawks||Forward||2012/169||Rockford/AHL|
|478||Taylor Leier||Philadelphia Flyers||Left Wing||2012/117||Philadelphia/NHL|
|479||Radek Faksa||Dallas Stars||Center||2012/13||Texas/AHL|
|480||Garret Sparks||Toronto Maple Leafs||Goalie||2011/190||Toronto/NHL|
|481||Brendan Gaunce||Vancouver Canucks||Forward||2012/26||Utica/AHL|
|482||Chris Driedger||Ottawa Senators||Goalie||2012/76||Binghamton/AHL|
|483||Joel Vermin||Tampa Bay Lightning||Winger||2013/186||Tampa/NHL|
|484||Chandler Stephenson||Washington Capitals||Forward||2012/77||Washingto/NHL|
|485||David Musil||Edmonton Oilers||Defense||2011/31||Edmonton/NHL|
|486||Gustav Olofsson||Minnesota Wild||Defense||2013/46||Iowa/AHL|
|487||Brett Pesce||Carolina Hurricanes||Defense||2013/66||Carolina/NHL|
|488||Anthony Stolarz||Philadelphia Flyers||Goalie||2012/45||Lehigh/AHL|
|489||Devin Shore||Dallas Stars||Forward||2012/61||Dallas/NHL|
|490||Petr Straka||Philadelphia Flyers||Right Wing||2010/55||Lehigh/AHL|
|491||Mike McCarron||Montreal Canadiens||Right Wing||2013/25||St. Johns/AHL|
|492||Raman Hrabarenka||New Jersey Devils||Defense||Undrafted||Albany/AHL|
|493||Markus Hannikainen||Columbus Blue Jackets||Left Wing||Undrafted||Lake Erie/AHL|
|494||Sam Brittain||Florida Panthers||Goalie||2010/92||Portland/AHL|
|495||Shea Theodore||Anaheim Ducks||Defense||2013/26||San Diego/AHL|
|496||Nick Ritchie||Anaheim Ducks||Left Wing||2014/10||Anaheim/NHL|
|497||Brock McGinn||Carolina Hurricanes||Left Wing||2012/47||Charlotte/AHL|
|498||Tyler Randell||Boston Bruins||Right Wing||2009/176||Boston/NHL|
|499||Noah Hanifin||Carolina Hurricans||Defense||2015/5||Carolina/NHL|
Downloadable copy here: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Young Guns Checklist.
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