The Hockey News Yearbook has just come out with their pick of the best 50 players, (not just defencemen) in the NHL. The first three are not surprising: 1. Sidney Crosby 2. Alex Ovechkin and 3. Steven Stamkos. Not too many arguments there right! How about the number 4 slot? You got it. It’s our man Erik Karlsson. Here’s what they had to say: “Had he not sustained a devastating Achilles tendon injury last season, there’s a good chance Karlsson would have been the first back to back winner of the Norris Trophy since Nicklas Lidstrom and just the second in more than two decades. He’s undersized, but he’s also the most offensively gifted defenceman in the NHL and the best at moving the puck up the ice.” Wow. eleven places higher than Zdeno Chara, 19 slots higher than Pernell Karl and 41 places higher than Daniel Sedin! Gotta love it. Watch here to find out why, and then buy a signed jersey at T1M Sports and get on the bandwagon.
Jake Gardiner was picked 17th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. On February 9th 2011 Gardiner was traded along with Joffrey Lupul to the Leafs in which has to be considered Brian Burke’s best move. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Gardiner was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 30 points in 75 games with the Maple Leafs.
Gardiner is a versatile offensive defenseman with size, quick feet and great hands. He was quickly able to adjust and adapt to playing on the blueline after having played much of his career as a forward. Gardiner has demonstrated remarkably sound and smart positional play in both the offensive and defensive zone. He utilizes his speed and hockey instincts to play the defensive position effectively although he’ll need to fine tune this area of his game for the pro level.
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JAKE GARDINER 2012-2013 Game Worn Jersey Unsigned. Complete with COA from the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS.