Thursday, January 21, 2016

Will Acton Autographed Card

A nice little return in the mail today from Will Acton, currently playing with the Schwenniger Wild Wings of the German League (with 12 goals, 42 points and 57 penalty minutes in just 32 games so far), which checks off #41 off my Oilers Numbers Project:
It's card #91 from Upper Deck's 2013-14 Overtime set, a rookie-heavy collection made exclusively for dealers who go through certain card distributors - GTS Distribution (U.S.A.) and Universal Distribution (Canada). He signed it in blue sharpie, and it shows him wearing the Edmonton Oilers' current/retro white (now-away) uniform.

I've only seen Acton play once, a 4-3 Oilers win against my hometown Montréal Canadiens in October of 2013, but he was a non-factor, playing under 6 minutes; he is the son of former Hab and Oiler Keith Acton.

Undrafted, the younger Acton scored his first NHL goal against Braden Holtby, which likely isn't a sentence you'll read so much in the coming years. I wish him the best of luck in Europe, and perhaps a return to the NHL if/when expansion takes place.

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