Thursday, March 10, 2016

Yann Danis Autographed Card

I wrote about Michael Leighton recently, who made AHL history by surpassing Johnny Bower for the most career shutouts; Yann Danis, however, made Albany Devils history this season, and fittingly represented the Capital District in the 2016 AHL All-Star Game.

He was also called up by the New Jersey Devils recently, after an injury to starter Cory Schneider. The former Brown University Bears standout had a 25-9-5 record with a 2.25 GAA and 6 shutouts with the A-Devils and may very well see some action for the offensively-challenged team.

Since turning professional in 2003-04, he has only had two sub-par seasons that combined a GAA over 3.00 and a save percentage under .900: in 2007-08, his final season in the Montréal Canadiens organization, where he went 11-19-4, 3.28 and .893 on a team where the three players with over 40 points were Corey Locke, Matt D'Agostini and Jonathan Ferland, and in 2013-14 with the Adirondack Phantoms where he went 9-11-4, 3.82 and .881 on a team where Jason Akeson was the lone player with over 40 points.

He's also part of the "first shutout in his first NHL game" club, a feat he accomplished with the Habs against the Atlanta Thrashers in October 2005.

I had featured him wearing the Hamilton Bulldogs' red (away) uniform back in 2009, after a trade with Calgary collector KC; here he is wearing their white (home) uniform, on card #36 from In The Game's 2006-07 Heroes And Prospects set, which he signed in blue sharpie roughly seven years ago:
You can check out his current Devils mask here.

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