Last week, we took a look at 20 players who have failed to make the cut in the O-Pee-Chee hockey card brand over the past seven years. This week, we turn our attention to the hobby’s other big brand (that is, big in terms of 500+ players): Score hockey.
Over the last three seasons, Score hockey cards have featured more than 500 players in each year’s set. With more than 900 different players featured in a typical National Hockey League season, some players are bound to get missed from year to year. We’ve picked a team of 20 so-called “Score snubs.”
This list features players that have never appeared in a Score hockey card set. All 20 players have been featured in other NHL brands, but have been missed in Score hockey since 2010-11. (Note – players that signed with new clubs over the summer were not included on this list).
Be sure to read last week’s “Snubbed by O-Pee-Chee” top-20 list.
SNUBBED BY SCORE
1. Lauri KORPIKOSKI, LW, Phoenix Coyotes, 300 NHL games (RC Season: 2008-09) • In 2011-12, Korpikoski helped the Coyotes win the Pacific Division title for the first time in franchise history. Korpikoski played in all 82 regular-season games, scoring 17 goals and 37 points. One year earlier, he scored 40 points in 79 games. The Finnish forward was a one-time first-round draft pick by the Rangers (2004).
2. Boyd GORDON, C, Phoenix Coyotes, 438 NHL games (RC Season: 2003-04) • Like Korpikoski, Gordon helped the Coyotes win a division title for the first time in 2011-12. Gordon himself scored 23 points in 75 regular-season games, then added two points in the playoffs. The Canadian forward was a one-time first-round draft pick by the Capitals (2002).
3. Anthony STEWART, RW, Carolina Hurricanes, 262 NHL games (RC Season: 2005-06) • Stewart scored 20 points in 77 games in his first season with the Hurricanes in 2011-12, despite playing less than 10 minutes per game. He previously played for the Thrashers where he scored 39 points in 80 games (with closed to 15 minutes of ice time per game). The Canadian forward was a one-time first-round draft pick of by the Panthers (2003).
4. BRAD RICHARDSON, W, Los Angeles Kings, 375 NHL games (RC Season: 2005-06) • Richardson played in 13 games in the playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup championship with the Kings in 2012. He scored a goal in the opening round against the Canucks. During the regular season, he scored eight points in 59 games.
5. Colin FRASER, C, Los Angeles Kings, 291 NHL games (RC Season: 2007-08) • Fraser played in 18 games in the playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup championship with the Kings. He scored in the final round against the Devils. During the regular season, he scored eight points in 67 games in his first season in Los Angeles. He finished fifth on the team with 149 hits delivered.
6. Trevor LEWIS, RW, Los Angeles Kings, 155 NHL games (RC Season: 2008-09) • Lewis played in 20 games in the playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup championship with the Kings. His best round was the Conference final when he scored four points in five games against the Coyotes. During the regular season, he recorded seven points and 117 hits in 72 games.
7. Craig ADAMS, W, Pittsburgh Penguins, 751 NHL games (RC Season: 2000-01) • Adams had played in 80 or more games in each of the past three seasons with the Penguins. He recorded 18 points and 162 hits in 2011-12. He won Stanley Cup titles in 2008 with the Penguins and 2006 with the Hurricanes.
8. Derek MacKENZIE, C, Columbus Blue Jackets, 193 NHL games (RC Season: 1998-99 / 1st NHL Card Season: 2012-13) • MacKenzie had played in fewer than 20 games in seven seasons before breaking into a regular rotation in 2010-11. He has played more than 60 games in each of the past two seasons. In 2011-12, he finished second on the Blue Jackets with 189 hits delivered. He previously played for the Thrashers. While his 1998-99 rookie cards feature him with the Canadian U-18 team, his 2012-13 cards feature him in NHL colours for the first time.
9. Jamal MAYERS, RW, Chicago Blackhawks, 896 NHL games (RC Season: 1997-98) • Mayers is a seasoned pro, having played in 75 or more games eight times in his career. In his first year in Chicago, he recorded 15 points and 102 hits in 81 games. He previously played for the Sharks, Flames, Maple Leafs and Blues.
10. Darroll POWE, C, Minnesota Wild, 286 NHL games (RC Season: 2008-09) • Powe played in all 82 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2011-12, his first season with a new team. He recorded 13 points and 151 hits delivered. He played in the 2010 Stanley Cup final with the Flyers.
11. Ryan REAVES, RW, St. Louis Blues, 88 NHL games (RC Season: 2010-11) • Reaves played in 60 games in his first full NHL season with the Blues in 2011-12. En route to a Central Division title, he led the team with 124 penalty minutes while finishing third with 171 hits delivered.
12. Robert SCUDERI, D, Los Angeles Kings, 537 NHL games (RC Season: 2003-04) • Defenceman Scuderi played in 20 playoff games en route to a Stanley Cup championship with the Kings in 2012. He has played in 70 or more games in each of the past six seasons and hasn’t missed a regular-season game in the past two campaigns. In 2011-12, he finished second on the Kings with 116 blocked shots.
13. Andrew FERENCE, D, Boston Bruins, 712 NHL games (RC Season: 1996-97 / 1st NHL Card Season: 1999-00) • Defenceman Ference, a Stanley Cup champion in 2011, played in 72 games for the Bruins in 2011-12. He scored 24 points from the blueline in the regular season, then added four more in seven playoff games.
14. Toni LYDMAN, D, Anaheim Ducks, 812 NHL games (RC Season: 1995-96 / 1st NHL Card Season: 2000-01) • Defenceman Lydman scored 13 points in 74 games for the Ducks in 2011-12. He finished fourth on the team with 134 hits and second on the team with 153 blocked shots.
15. Ian WHITE, D, Detroit Red Wings, 478 NHL games (RC Season: 2006-07) • Defenceman White scored 32 points for the Red Wings in 2011-12, in fact third most amongst Detroit blueliners. He then scored one goal in five playoff games. He led all team defenceman with 196 shots on goal.
16. Nikita NIKITIN, D, Columbus Blue Jackets, 102 NHL games (RC Season: 2010-11) • Sophomore defenceman Nikitin scored 32 points in just 61 NHL games, all of which were scored after a trade from the Blues to the Blue Jackets. In 54 games with Columbus, he led all team defenceman in goals, assists and points.
17. Roman POLAK, D, St. Louis Blues, 304 NHL games (RC Season: 2006-07) • Defenceman Polak scored 11 points in 77 games for the Blues in 2011-12. He ranked second on the team with 141 blocked shots and second with 173 hits delivered.
18. Jay HARRISON, D, Carolina Hurricanes, 202 NHL games (RC Season: 2005-06) • Harrison scored a career-best 23 points in 72 games for the Hurricanes in 2011-12. He finished second on the team with 153 blocked shots and fifth with 117 hits delivered. Harrison was once the first-overall draft pick in the OHL Priority Draft (1998).
19. Thomas GREISS, G, San Jose Sharks, 38 NHL games (RC Season: 2007-08) • Greiss played in 19 games in 2011-12 as Antti Niemi’s goaltending partner in San Jose. He had spent the previous season in Sweden with Brynäs.
20. Joey MacDONALD, G, Detroit Red Wings, 101 NHL games (RC Season: 2003-04) • MacDonald played in 14 games for the Red Wings in 2011-12, also spending time in the American League with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He split back-up duties with Ty Conklin behind Red Wings’ number-one Jimmy Howard.