There are a lot of great players in hockey right now. Just off the top of my head I think of Steve Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, the Sedin brothers, and John Tavares. One name that I don’t think of is Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers. I should though, he is putting together an amazing season and he won’t be getting the collector’s recognition for it at all.
So far this season he has put up 35 goals, 29 assists, 64 points, +22, 130 PIM, and 15 power play points. To to sum it up, he can score, set up, rough it up, and scores when it matters the most (during the power play). Every year there seems to be someone new in this type of role. Last year it was Steve Downy, this year it seems like Hartnell is that guy.
The problem for Hartnell is he is on a polarizing team like the Flyers. Either you love them or hate them, but there is no in between. Unfortunately that means there is little interest in owning cards of his except for Flyer fans. This is pretty evident from looking at eBay, none of his autographed cards went for over $5 and most were running about $2 and I’ve seen them in the dollar bin at shows. I would definitely consider him a buy for this year aat least.
What do you think of Scott Hartnell?