For as long as I can remember, Michael Cammelleri has been in the NHL (ok, he wasn’t in the NHL in the 90s – but for a long time he has been!). Mike was originally drafted in the 2001 draft by the LA Kings in the 2nd round, 49th overall. I’d say Mike was probably the cream of the crop in that 2nd round with the only other all star in the round being Jason Pominville, with some serviceable players such as Chris Thorburn and Derek Roy being drafted as well.
I’ve seen Mike play live a couple of times when he played for the Calgary Flames. At age 35, he’s approaching the end of his career having played for the Kings, Flames, Canadiens, Devils and now, the Oilers. Unfortunately it appears time is running out for him and the Oilers to make the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup.
I sent a few cards Mike’s way c/o Edmonton Oilers in which he returned back to me in less than a month. I’m lucky to have gotten him before he called his career over as I’m still trying to build out my SP Authentic collection that I started back in the day. If anyone is on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll surely see it there.