Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Aaron Gagnon Autograph Card

The Phoenix Coyotes chose Aaron Gagnon with the 240th pick of the 2004 draft in the now-defuct eighth round; he never signed with the team, instead signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Dallas Stars in 2007, followed by a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets organization. After six years of mostly minor pro leagues (and 38 NHL games in which he amassed 5 points - 3 of them goals - and 2 penalty minutes, averaging about 8 and a half minutes of ice time per game), he opted to play in Europe, signing a two-year deal with the Swedish League's Jonkoping HV71 before transferring to the Finnish League's Rauma Lukko, where he just had a 25-goal, 48-point season (in 60 games).

I recall a defensively-savvy forward who is a bit on the small side (5'10", 170 pounds) for a center nowadays, who had a decent shot... and this is what he looked like:
It's card #A-AG from Upper Deck's 2012-13 Artifacts series (and Autofacts sub-set), showing a close-up of him wearing the Jets' white (away) uniform. It has a blue-sharpied sticker autograph attached to it.

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