Here comes a long overdue update for the 88-89 OPC Tribute Set. Patrick Kane has made a name for himself, on and off the ice. The 1st overall pick from the 2007 NHL draft has made a Sylvain Turgeon card worth more than a dime, won a Calder Trophy, partied hardy, punched a cabbie, harnessed the power of the mullet, and scored the 2010 Stanley Cup winning goal. If he could learn to use a mouthguard he could be unstoppable.
Tim Thomas has been finding almost everything stoppable of late. Thomas is a two time Vezina trophy winner and last year's Conn Smyhte winner from the Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins. Tim Thomas got a late start in the NHL, only playing NHL 4 games before age 31. Tim Thomas was originally a 9th round draft pick, 217th overall, by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994. He later spent time in the Edmonton Oilers farm system before signing with the Boston Bruins in 2002. Thomas is great inspiration for player still toiling in the minors in the mid-20's.
Craig Smith has been an early surprise contender for the rookie scoring race. A 4th round pick from 2009, Smith is currently second in rookie points behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. If Smith keeps his scoring pace up, he could be a finalist for the Calder Trophy. If not, Smith might best be remembered for his empty net miss. He had better luck attacking empty nets while playing with Wisconsin. Ain't Karma a bitch?