Panini and Upper Deck on Location for 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

Panini and Upper Deck on Location for 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

The NHL rookie elite are in Toronto for the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, which kicked off yesterday. Much  like the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, the event is staged to showcase the incoming rookie class. It gives Upper Deck and Panini the opportunity to take photographs for upcoming sets,  get signatures for hockey cards and gather memorabilia pieces. The two-day event began on Monday with the signing portion. It concludes today with live-action photos, studio images and interviews.

The following is a list of participating players:

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers)
  • Ryan Strome (New York Islanders)
  • Jake Allen (St. Louis Blues)
  • Carter Ashton (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Brett Connolly (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Simon Despres (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Cody Eakin (Washington Capitals)
  • Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators)
  • Tim Erixon (New York Rangers)
  • Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Blake Geoffrion (Nashville Predators)
  • Brandon Gormley (Phoenix Coyotes)
  • Adam Henrique (New Jersey Devils)
  • Zack Kassian (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Carl Klingberg (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Marcus Kruger (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • John Moore (Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Greg Nemisz (Calgary Flames)
  • Aaron Palushaj (Montreal Canadiens)
  • David Rundblad (Ottawa Senators)
  • Jussi Rynnas (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Brendan Smith (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Mika Zibanejad (Ottawa Senators)

New Jersey's Adam Larsson was scheduled to take part but wasn't able to make it because of travel problems associated with Hurricane Irene.

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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