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Friday, September 23, 2011

88-89 OPC Tribute: Byfuglien, Duchene, and Greening

#30 - Dustin Byfuglien

   In 2010-11, Dustin Byfuglien switched teams, converted to a full-time defenceman, played in the All-Star game and had his best season of his young career.  The following summer Byfuglien has been in the news for other reasons.  On August 31st, Byfuglien was arrested under suspicion of boating under the influence.   Criminal charges have been pressed.  What was also unearthed was Byfuglien's weight of 286lbs!  40lbs over his playing weight of  the previous season.
  The irony of all this is his Panini Sketch card.  The card on which Byfuglien drew a boat.  That same card sold for over $120 on ebay.  I thought it was a joke, but the card is real.  The details of the sketch cards can be found on the Panini Blog.

#31 - Matt Duchene

   A first-time All-Star in 2010-11, sophmore Matt Duchene led the Colorado Avalanche in scoring during the 2010-11 season.  After finishing third in the Calder Trophy voting in 2009-10, Duchene increased his totals for goals, assists and, therefore, points the following season.
  With the return of Peter Mueller, another season of increase across the board, would not be considered a bold prediction.  That would call for a celebration dance.

#121 - Colin Greening

  Colin Greening is the first 2011-12 rookies to make the set.  Greening played 24 games for Ottawa last year so he still qualifies as a rookie this season.  A player has to play 25 games before losing his rookie eligibility   He also had no rookie cards in 2010-11, so that also still qualifies him for as a rookie for this set.
  In 24 games last season, Greening had 13 points.  Although the more important stat is that he was born in Newfoundland.  On Feburay 1st, 2011, Greening became the 28th player born in Newfoundland to play in the NHL.  Why is this important?  Because my Dad is from Newfoundland and he collects their cards. So here is one more card for my Dad to get.

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