Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dillon Fournier Autographed Card

Dillon Fournier was a highly-regarded prospect for the Chicago Blackhawks, having been chosen with the 48th overall pick at the 2012 draft and signed to a three-year entry-level deal in the summer of 2014.

Unfortunately, injuries have slowed his development, as he was limited to 36 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2013-14 (picking up 32 points in the process) and 9 in total in 2015-16 split between the AHL's Rockford IceHogs (2 games, -2 rating) and the ECHL's Indy Fuel (7 games, 1 assist, 8 penalty minutes, +2 rating).

His speed, hard shot and tape-to-tape passes made him an offensive force in the "Q", but he has yet to translate that production to the professional game, where he is asked to bulk up and perfect his defensive game; he'd been good at keeping an excellent offensive and defensive gap with his assigned forward in Juniors, but it does require an adaptation period to get acclimated to the stronger play in the pros.

I wouldn't throw the towel on a talented 22-year-old defenseman, but chances are he's further down the depth chart at this point than both he and the Hawks expected just a couple of summers ago.

Here's the fourth of a five-card package I received recently, showing him wearing the Huskies' pink (breast cancer awareness) uniform, on card #107 from In The Game's 2012-13 Heroes And Prospects set:
It was signed in blue sharpie.

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