Panini America has offered collectors a sneak peak to its rookie content for early-season products Score and Certified. By the rules, NHL-NHLPA card companies must wait until a player makes his NHL debut before any licensed memorabilia can be produced by the company. High draft picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and (from 2010) Brett Connolly are just a few of the rookies collectors can chase in the coming month.
For a list of 2011-12 National Hockey League rookies (and their corresponding rookie card season), please visit the Rookies landing page at theWantList.ca.
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The updated Rookie Card checklist for Score, releasing in late October, now includes Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets), Brett Connolly (Tampa Bay Lightning), Mika Zibanejad (Ottawa Senators), Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Devante Smith-Pelly (Anaheim Ducks), Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers) and Tim Erixon (New York Rangers).
Certified, releasing in mid-November, will include Freshman Fabrics Signature RCs of Nugent-Hopkins, Johansen, Landeskog, Connolly, Zibanejad, Gardiner and Faulk. All of those Rookie Cards will be live in pack.
**NOTE: CARD PHOTO AT LEFT COMES FROM THE NHLPA ROOKIE SHOWCASE – IT IS NOT THE SCORE OR CERTIFIED ROOKIE CARD DESIGN