I've made my fandom of Ryan Getzlaf no secret, sharing pickup after pickup of the Ducks' Captain. While Getz is by far my favorite Duck and favorite hockey player, I'm also a fan of many of the young Ducks. I was able to land a pair of Young Guns cards of two of the better Ducklings, and they mark the first Young Guns I'll permanently have in my collection.
First up, Cam Fowler. While I collect the other young Anaheim d-man, Luca Sbisa, more heavily than I do Fowler, I couldn't pass up this Young Guns card of the 20-year-old for roughly three bucks. I'm still in need of a Fowler auto, should anyone reading this have one and be willing to part with it. I like that Fowler is sporting his old number 54 in the above photo, which was Bobby Ryan's old number as well. Ryan is my second favorite hockey player and the second largest part of my hockey collection.
The second YG addition is of young third-line centerman Nick Bonino. I was stoked when we acquired Nick and former Duck goalie Timo Pielmeier from the Sharks for role players Travis Moen and Kent Huskins. Bonino, the Boston University product, was finally given a long look with the big club this season, and has impressed with six points in fifteen games and responsible play in the defensive zone. I always love cards with great photography, and both of these fall into that category. I love this particular photo, as Bonino is playing against his former team. Fuji, any idea which Shark that is? I'm leaning towards Marc-Edouard Vlasic, but please correct me if I'm mistaken.
I'm still on the hunt for a handful of Ducks' Young Guns, most prominently Getzlaf's, as well as those featuring Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Jonas Hiller, Luca Sbisa (as a Flyer), Kyle Palmieri, and Devante Smith-Pelly.