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Panini America on Location: Preparing for the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

August 28, 2011

TORONTO, Ontario — A hearty, hockey-loving contingent from Panini America flew north of the border Sunday morning to begin making final preparations for the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, a mega two-day event that will give Panini America photographers and product developers unparalleled access to images, autographs and memorabilia from 27 of the NHL’s top rookie prospects.

Headlining this year’s event at the MasterCard Centre will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, as well as fellow top-five picks Gabriel Landeskog (No. 2 overall, Colorado Avalanche), Jonathan Huberdeau (No. 3 overall, Florida Panthers), Adam Larsson (No. 4 overall, New Jersey Devils) and Ryan Strome (No. 5 overall, New York Islanders). 

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance all week long for unparalleled coverage of the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, including behind-the-scenes images and interviews that you simply just won’t find anywhere else.

Other top young player scheduled to attend:

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)

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric K permalink
    August 28, 2011 5:06 pm

    Can’t wait to see photos from this event. I’m sure your coverage will be excellent as usual.

  2. Matt G permalink
    August 29, 2011 5:58 am

    Glad to be back to Knights lance. With the storm and new addition to the family have been busy. Always look forward to the events you guys go to. You do great behind the scenes coverage and sharing it with the rest of us. Thanks! Cant wait to see!

  3. August 29, 2011 7:11 am

    Very cool, you guys going to take questions from collectors for some of the new draftees?

  4. August 29, 2011 8:29 am

    What will Carl Klingberg be wearing since the Jets jersey is not out yet?

  5. August 29, 2011 8:43 am

    Even though i don’t follow NHL ( I really must pick a team) and only picked an NFL team the other day (Patriots). It’s always good to see the videos and pictures you upload, as they are always interesting. You guys are bloody lucky to do what you do!

    • August 29, 2011 8:56 am

      You’ll get no argument from me, Rhys. I thank my lucky stars every day! I think your Pats are going to do OK this year. Our VP of marketing is a huge Pats fan. By the way, caught some F1 highlights this morning.

  6. Kyle permalink
    August 29, 2011 3:49 pm

    Brendan Smith is gonna be the only Wing? i guess i can’t complain, dude’s gonna be a beast in the NHL 😀

  7. Jeff K permalink
    August 30, 2011 2:27 pm

    It’s going to be another great year for Panini Hockey!


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