Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mark Stone Autograph Card

I don't know if you saw this goal from last night, but wow, what a play by Kyle Turris, finished by Mark Stone. Play of the year candidate, for sure:

And with that (and the spectacular play of Andrew ''The Hamburglar'' Hammond, of course), the Ottawa Senators move to within just four points of the Boston Bruins and the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, with Hammond riding a 11-0-1 record so far in his NHL career, and the team itself having gone 14-2-2 in its last 18 games.

Stone himself is one of the league's top rookies so far this year, with 18 goals, 28 assists and 46 points in 67 games. The 6'3'', 200-pound, 22-year-old power forward likes to check along the boards to retrieve pucks, has a good shot, and passes better than most good shooters usually do; he has improved his skating (though he still is no Taylor Hall, obviously), and his Hockey IQ is often referred to as being ''off the charts'', pretty much becoming a take-over machine (ranking along the lines of Marian Hossa and Ryan O'Reilly, ahead of Pavel Datsyuk!), and he could eventually turn into a threat on both the power play and penalty kill, à la Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec.

As long as he keeps a cool head about it and continues forward with the same work ethic, there is no limit to what the former sixth-round draft pick (178th overall) can achieve.

He now wears #61 for the Sens, but wore #16 a couple of seasons ago (which belongs to Clarke MacArthur now), as can be seen here:
It's card #45 from Panini's 2012-13 Prime set (part of its Prime Signatures sub-set), signed on-card in blue sharpie and numbered 3/99.

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