Saturday, September 21, 2019

Alexander Radulov Jersey Card

(As per years past, this is a twin-post with my "regular" blog, where I predicted the Dallas Stars would finish third in the Central Division in 2019-20).

I really believed Ben Bishop was going to lead the Dallas Stars to the Conference Final last season. He'd worked miracles all year long yet was sure to get the shaft for the Vezina - which was almost always going to go to Andrei Vasilevskiy - so it was only right for karma to reward his efforts with a double-overtime Game 7 win instead of the 2-1 loss. He had been the better goalie in the series, as well as in the first round, but Fate had decided the St. Louis Blues would win it all.

One player who shouldn't be embarrassed by the effort level he put into every game - although he did miss a game due to being late for practice - on the Stars is star winger Alexander Radulov, who had 29 goals, 43 assists and 72 points in 70 regular-season games and 10 more points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 13 playoff games.

To put it into perspective, despite missing ten games, he was second on the team in goals, assists and points, far ahead of captain Jamie Benn, who dressed for 78 games, and on pace to catch up to leader Tyler Seguin:
from HockeyDB
At the age of 33, he is showing no signs of slowing down. I expect another 70+-point season on his part as the Stars look to get past a tight Central Division and make an even deeper run than last year.

Also, Radu's looking pretty good in Dallas' white (away) uniform on the jersey insert version of card #66 from Upper Deck's 2018-19 SP Game-Used collection I got from Ebay earlier this summer:
It features a black game-worn jersey swatch that is from the stripes on either the home or away uniform. It blends extremely well with the rest of the card.

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