This is the third in our summer series in which we are drawing hockey cards at random from a box and writing about them.
Okay, three “Hot Prospect” cards into this venture, it’s probably safe to proclaim officially that that particular series of cards is a total dud. What does a guy have to do to rate better than being just a “prospect”? Mike Ribeiro had played seven NHL seasons and he was still a prospect, and now here’s Marc-Andre Fleury, coming off a 40-win season. Doesn’t 40 wins make you into just a legitimate “good current player”? Or has this card series been designed to make gullible NHL GMs look especially stupid? Like, Shero would see this card, think “Oh! Fleury’s just a hot prospect! I might as well package him with a couple of first-round draft picks and a handful of third- and fourth-line forwards for a rental like Marion Hossa. No, wait, not a rental. I don’t do rentals. But still, I think that would be a great deal.”