Top Ten Young Guns of the 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Release

In our last article, we celebrated the official launch of the cardboard hockey season with the coming of Upper Decks 2018-19 Series 1.

In that post we discussed the various products that you can purchase, in pursuit of completing this years sets, what they contained and which one best suits you as an individual collector.

Now, we delve deeper into these products to get to the heart of the matter and discuss what everyone is interested in, the highly coveted Young Guns, the most collected series within the hobby.

Who Makes the Young Guns Series 1 Cut and Why?

Amazingly, Upper Deck has done it again, pushing out an incredibly collectible product, within an incredibly short period of time.

Unbeknownst to many within the hobby, Upper Deck has only a mere five weeks to compile their first list of Young Guns to be included in the 2018-19 Series 1 list.

Top Upper Deck Young Guns 2018-19

This is because of an official ruling by the NHLPA, that states that no player may appear on a licensed trading card until they have a played in an official NHL game.

What this means is that Upper Deck only has one weekend to acquire photos for the Young Guns series, resulting in some rookie players who didn’t play a game, not making the Series 1 cut.

Fortunately, Series 2, which releases next year, has these Young Guns covered.

Young Guns 2018-19 Series 1 Checklist

For those who have made the cut, and appeared on the ice in the very short window that Upper Deck has to produce cards, fans of the hobby can rejoice, for they have some truly great prospects.

As we covered last week, the Upper Deck Series 1 set contains 200 base cards, followed by 50 Young Guns cards. The latter of these are as follows;

Card #

Player name

Team City

201 Rasmus Dahlin Buffalo
202 Roope Hintz Dallas
203 Mikhail Vorobyov Philadelphia
204 Morgan Klimchuk Calgary
205 Adam Gaudette Vancouver
206 Maxim Mamin Florida
207 Dillon Dube Calgary
208 Michael Dal Colle New York
209 Shane Gersich Washington
210 Mackenzie Blackwood New Jersey
211 Louie Belpedio Minnesota
212 Neal Pionk New York
213 Jordan Greenway Minnesota
214 Filip Hronek Detroit
215 Brett Howden New York
216 Maxime Comtois Anaheim
217 Eeli Tolvanen Nashville
218 Oskar Lindblom Philadelphia
219 Anthony Cirelli Tampa Bay
220 Kiefer Sherwood Anaheim
221 Evan Bouchard Edmonton
222 Austin Wagner Los Angeles
223 Maxime Lajoie Ottawa
224 Tomas Hyka Vegas
225 Ryan Donato Boston
226 Michael Rasmussen Detroit
227 Libor Sulak Detroit
228 Travis Dermott Toronto
229 Marcus Pettersson Anaheim
230 Henri Jokiharju Chicago
231 Dennis Cholowski Detroit
232 Dominik Kahun Chicago
233 Nick Seeler Minnesota
234 Christoffer Ehn Detroit
235 Trevor Murphy Arizona
236 Warren Foegele Carolina
237 Zach Whitecloud Vegas
238 Antti Suomela San Jose
239 Troy Terry Anaheim
240 Sheldon Dries Colorado
241 Jordan Kyrou St. Louis
242 Samuel Montembeault Florida
243 Par Lindholm Toronto
244 Kristian Vesalainen Winnipeg
245 Luke Johnson Chicago
246 Miro Heiskanen Dallas
247 Igor Ozhiganov Toronto
248 Elias Pettersson Vancouver
249 Jesperi Kotkaniemi Montreal
250 Rasmus Dahlin/Elias Pettersson Buffalo/Vancouver


Likely, even if you aren’t hoping to collect all of these cards, there are more than a few break out names appearing on this years list. Which as we will soon showcase, are making some serious impacts on the hobby.

But which of these rookies are currently the most sought after?

The Top Ten Most Expensive Young Guns of 2018-19

Everyone has their favorite player and everyone has their preference in who they want to find within any pack they tear open, however, the secondary market ultimately determines who are the “top hits” within any selective year of the hockey season.

As is typical, there are a few Young Guns who stand out above the rest, and are thus going for some staggering prices.

Here are ten of the most valuable Young Guns, as determined by the world’s largest secondary singles market, eBay;

  1. Elias Pettersson #248
  2. Rasmus Dahlin #201
  3. Jesperi Kotkaniemi #249
  4. Eeli Tolvanen #217
  5. Ryan Donato #225
  6. Henri Jokiharju #230
  7. Warren Foegele #236
  8. Samuel Montembeault #242
  9. Miro Heiskanen #246
  10. Evan Bouchard #221

Elias Pettersson

First and foremost, we have Elias Pettersson, of the Vancouver Canucks, who fans have a lot of hope for.

Pettersson Young Gun Card

This card is the pinnacle of the standard set, and is the card that everyone is hoping to pull as they crack open their Upper Deck 2018-19 Series 1 products, as it is currently going for close to $200 per card!

Rasmus Dahlin & Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Following behind Elias, with a close tie for second place are Rasmus Dahlin and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the former of which is playing for the Buffalo Sabres and the latter for the Montreal Canadiens.

2018-19 Young Guns

Both of these cards add an incredible amount of value to this Upper Deck 2018-19 Series 1 set as well, commanding anywhere from $60-$100 on the secondary singles market, depending on the quantity currently available for sale.

The remainder of the cards within our top ten list are all great cards as well, and go for anywhere from $10-$25 a piece each.

In Conclusion

This years Upper Deck 2018-19 Series 1 set is once again a massive success and may even become more of one, as has happened many years in the past, as breakout rookies gain traction and popularity.

As always, this list of top ten cards can fluctuate and change over time, evolving and morphing as some players perform better than others.

Time will determine the true top ten list, but it remains highly likely that Elias Pettersson, Rasmus Dahlin and Jesperi Kotkaniemi will command a spot somewhere within that list.

But how about you? Which rookie is your favorite this year and who do you believe will ultimately come out on top, as this years breakout rookie?