Saturday, July 1, 2023

Jacob Bernard-Docker: Two Autographed Cards

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The Ottawa Senators took care of a tidy bit of business to open up July 1st with the signing of defensive prospect Jacob Bernard-Docker to a two-year deal worth a total of $1.61M.

The 2018 first-round draft pick (26th overall) spent three seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks before turning pro in 2020-21. Despite a 7-goal, 25-point seasin in 32 games in 2019-20, he is projected more as a bottom-four, defensive prospect in the NHL, one who will spend time on the penalty kill. He is said to have decent skating ability and a good first pass, and is expected to make the jump to the NHL Sens team in a relatively permanent manner by the end of this two-year deal.

In the meantime, he has been selected to play for Team Canada at the 2020 World Juniors and 2021 World Championships, both times earning a gold medal.

Here he is sporting #5 on the white (home) version of his country's uniform, on card #27 from Upper Deck's 2020-21 Team Canada Juniors/Women set:
And here is a headshot of him wearing the red (away) jersey from the same collection, but the 2018 Draft Class sub-set:
He signed both in thin blue sharpie while playing with the AHL's Belleville Senators last season, adding his #5 at the end.