Sunday, February 2, 2020

Alexander Wennberg Autographed Card

Alexander Wennberg is bouncing back from a pretty awful 2018-19 season where he had just 2 goals, 23 assists and 25 points in 75 games and was a healthy scratch for half the Columbus Blue Jackets' postseason games, as he's currently on pace for his usual 35-40 points... if the upper-body injury he suffered at the hands of the Montréal Canadiens this afternoon isn't too serious.

The 25-year-old Swede may hit the 59-point peak he attained in 2016-17 again later in his career a couple of times, but it's looking like the 14th-overall pick of the 2013 draft - ahead of the likes of Ryan Pulock (15th), Anthony Mantha (20th), Andre Burakovsky (23rd), Tristan Jarry (44th), Tyler Bertuzzi (58th), Pavel Buchnevich (75th), Jake Guentzel (77th), Anthony Duclair (80th), Oliver Bjorkstrand (89th) and Andreas Johnsson (202nd) - will likely never be a point-per-game player.

Then again, everyone on that list except Guentzel took years to earn their spots, and most aren't done improving.

It just goes to show that although the NHL has become a much younger game, most humans need to learn to adapt to their surroundings, and forwards' primes still usually take place in their mid-to-late-20s.

Here's wishing him a speedy, sure, but more importantly, a full recovery.

Here he is wearing #41 in the Blue Jackets' blue (home) uniform on card #52 from Upper Deck's 2016-17 Series 1 set:
He signed it last season in blue sharpie and the number he tagged at the end (10) is the one he's been wearing since 2016. Marian Gaborik and Jack Skille had worn #10 in his first two seasons, and he waited for it to be available to make the switch.

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