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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Brad Thiessen

I remember pulling this from the pack during the 2010-11 season.  I picked up a few boxes of Score from my LCS and proceeded to bust them open right there in the store.  This was the best thing that came from all three boxes (if that doesn't speak volumes to the "low-end" nature of that product).

He played three years in the BCHL Junior A putting up average numbers and only one winning record in 2005-06.  He then went on to play three years at Northeastern University.  Despite previous seasons with sub .500 records, his junior year there, he was named Hockey East Player of the Year, NCAA first team All American, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award.  He basically set every goalie record for the school and I'm positive that's what prompted the Pens to pick him up as an undrafted free agent at the end of the 2008-09 season. 

He split time during the 2009–10 season with the WBS and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.  He put up a 14-14-1 record with the baby Pens and 8–3–0 with Wheeling.  He was called up in 2010-11 to replace Brent Johnson in March but didn't play.  However last year, he got his shot in February and proceeded to record a 3-1 record. 

Thiessen is considered to be the future goaltender of the Pens behind Marc-Andre Fleury.  However, I don't think he is going to get a real shot as long as Ray Shero keeps placing solid veteran support behind Flower.  Tomas Vokoun is as ample a replacement for MAF than anyone.  


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