Pre-draft: Drafted in the 4th round, 73rd overall, by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft, Mike Card decided to spend a year playing for the BCHL’s Penticton Panthers as a 16-year-old. At 17, Card was playing for the Kelowna Rockets and having an incredible rookie season which caught many scouts attention. In 2003, Card was being called one of the best 2004 draft eligible prospects. In 2003-04, Card had a terrible season that saw him take several steps backwards in his development, and scouts quickly soured on him. He did rebound a bit during his time at the Memorial Cup, where he managed to move the puck well by using better vision and judgment on the ice.
Drafted 8th round (241st overall), 2004 by Buffalo
2005-06: Cared finished the season with 55 points for Kelowna (WHL), ranking third in points among WHL defensemen. He helped lead Kelowna to three straight Memorial Cup appearances from 2003-05 and finished his WHL career with 147 points. Card signed a three-year entry-level deal with Buffalo on 6/1/06.
2006-07: Card made his NHL debut at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, skating 11:34 in 18 shifts. He played four games with Buffalo before returning to Rochester (AHL) on Nov. 17. He finished the season with nine points. Card also had a brief six game stint for the Florida Everblades (ECHL).
2007-08: In what would be a bleak, injury filled season with Rochester (AHL), Card scored the game-winner in Rochester’s 6-4 home-opener against Syracuse on Oct. 5. He suffered a concussion on Nov. 23 against Lake Erie, returning to the lineup on Jan. 2. He missed 42 games (1/5 – 4/13) with an injury.
Talent AnalysisCard has very good natural ability, with excellent skating and passing ability from the defense position. He has good size, but is not much of a physical force on the ice. His problems lie with issues concerning maturity and consistency. Despite very good natural ability as an offensive defenseman, he is getting up in age, and needs to put the package together if he is going to take the next step.