Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dustin Tokarski: 5 Autographed Cards (Part 2)

           (continued from the previous post)

I also sent Dustin Tokarski two regular-issue cards from earlier in his career, first in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals, from In The Game's 2010-11 Between The Pipes set (card #57, part of the Future Stars sub-set):
And his Rookie card, from Panini's 2010-11 Score set (#514, part of the Hot Rookies sub-set), showing him wearing jersey #40 from Tampa Bay Lightning's former white (away) uniform:
I like his style and demeanor, and I think once he starts seeing more consistent minutes, it'll get even better. I'm of the school of thought that thinks starters shouldn't play over 60 games anyway, and that a healthy and good enough backup should be able to play at least 25 if not 30 games, both for reasons of rest-versus-reflexes and to keep a healthy competition and relationship going. Come playoff time, the starter will be less worn out, and should an injury or a bad streak occur, the backup will be ready, not rusty - and the team will be able to adjust more easily should a switch be required.

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