By Kevin Lee aka gosens151911

Writer’s Note: Stats are accurate as of Nov 19, 2009

There were many great rookies in the 2008-09 season, many of which surpassed expectations. However, come their sophomore (2nd) season, most are unable to follow up their rookie season with success, with many appearing to be worse than the season before. This of course has a direct effect on the values of these players’ cards. Collectors are picky that way, it’s what have you done for me lately. Approximately a quarter way into this NHL season, let’s take a look at how several of the big name rookies of 2008-09 are doing now, and how that is affecting their card values.

Stock Up:

Steven Stamkos
He began the 2008-09 NHL season as the most hyped rookie (being a 1st overall pick) and disappointed, playing for a weak Tampa Bay team. As the season wore on though, he continued to improve, ending the year with 46 points in 79 games. His cards remained in demand, more so due to his name than his stats. Entering 2009-10 he still had to prove that he could be a star in this league, and he has. With 21 points in 18 games (including 13 goals), he has kept Tampa in the playoff race. There is no doubt that his cards will increase in value as long as he keeps on scoring.

Stock Unchanged:

Bobby Ryan
After leading NHL rookies in 2008-09 with 57 points in only 64 games, Ryan continues his solid production this season with 13 points in 19 games. His card values will likely remain constant as long as he keeps up his scoring pace. Don’t expect it to go up though, seeing as he plays for the Anaheim Ducks, a team that does not receive much hobby love.

Stock Down:

Steve Mason
Coming out of nowhere in 2008-09, Mason was a candidate for the Vezina trophy, losing to Tim Thomas. Nevertheless, he was able to secure the Calder trophy for best rookie. With his success his rookie cards were in demand, even though he played for Columbus, another team which doesn’t get much hobby love. Heading into 2009-10, Mason had the opportunity of a lifetime to crack Team Canada’s roster for the Olympics and further cement himself as a star in the league. Unfortunately for him, he’s struggled this season with a .879% save percentage and 3.67 GAA in 14 games. This definitely doesn’t help his cards’ values, as many were expecting him to continue to be a force in net. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of time in the season for him to turn it around.

Luke Schenn
After having a great rookie year, with some arguing he was one of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ best defenseman, there was high expectations heading into 2008-09. Unfortunately for him, he has struggled this season, being benched for numerous games and not looking at all like he did in his rookie year. Toronto’s lack of success on the ice isn’t helping him either. At this point it looks like there is a chance he may be sent to the AHL. However, don’t expect his cards’ values to fall too much, seeing as he plays for the most valuable franchise in the NHL. Expect his stock to eventually rise as many expect him to turn it around sooner than later.