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Monday, January 11, 2010

Who to Collect (Future Prospect) - Brandon Yip

Brandon Yip is currently playing right wing for the Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted by the Avalanche in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Yip is not your typical hockey player with 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Irish ethnicity. Regardless of his background, this 24 year old has arrived on the NHL scene with a vengeance.

After winning the 2009 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship with Boston University, Yip made his NHL debut on December 19, 2009 in a 5-2 home win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brandon Yip scored his first goal three days later against Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks.

In Brandon Yip's early career with the Coquitlam Express, he scored 31 goals and 63 points in 56 games. That season earned him several honours including being selected to play on the BCHL All-Star team, receiving a scholarship to Boston University, and being named to the BCHL first All-Star team.

A savvy offensive player, Brandon Yip is at-home in the offensive zone and has a great deal of success scoring goals. Yip reads plays with ease and is often seen causing turnovers in the offensive zone. He possesses solid shooting skills, in particular, a highly accurate shot (currently over 20% with 5 goals after only 10 NHL games).

Brandon Yip's first official rookie cards will be available later this season in products available at Canada Card World.

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