Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Andrew Shaw: Two Autographed Cards

Andrew Shaw had his first career NHL hat trick tonight as the Montréal Canadiens disposed of the Detroit Red Wings by an 8-1 score.

There have been critics of GM Marc Bergevin's choice to acquire the tough forward from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a couple of second-round picks (which later became Chad Krys and Alex DeBrincat) from day one, but he's been just as advertised: a heart-and-soul guy who can play on the wing on any line, will toe the line and take enough dumb penalties to cost two or three games a year but whose dedication to his teammates will help win five, will get injured quite a bit and, at best, will hover near the 15-to-20-goal range and will get between 30 and 40 points.

He's done all that, and - well, just that, but it's enough.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion has led by example in Montréal so far and helped a highly-neglected team surpass expectations and fight for a playoff spot this year.

He's signed a few cards for me this year while recovering from injuries, but I thought I could feature these two first, starting with #134 from Upper Deck's 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee set:
It shows him wearing the Hawks' white (away) uniform.

There's also card #348 from Upper Deck's 2016-17 Series 2 set, picturing him as a new member of the Habs, sporting the team's classic white (now-away) uniform:
He signed both in blue sharpie, adding his jersey number (65) at the end, which enables me to add him to my Habs Numbers Project.

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