The Editor’s Desk, September, 2006

By Ken McKenna

It seems like only yesterday that I took the golf clubs out of storage (where they should have remained), but already a new hockey season is on the horizon. And with a new season comes plenty to discuss in the world of hockey prospects, whether those prospects are drafted or entering their draft year.

As always, we at Hockey’s Future will do our best to provide you with the in-depth reporting that you have come to expect on the prospects of the 30 NHL clubs. And, with a little assist from International Scouting Services, we’ll also bring you rankings of, interviews with, and features on the prospects eligible for the 2007 NHL Draft. And there will be other interesting features produced over the course of the season, as usual, so we hope you’ll make Hockey’s Future a staple in your daily surfing routine.

Every season has a beginning, of course, with September representing the starting point of our season of prospect coverage. You’re already seeing some of this coverage, as our staff is in the midst of churning out the camp previews for the NHL teams. These previews focus on the younger players taking part in each camp, with perhaps a bit of speculation mixed in as to which ones might challenge for a roster spot.

In addition to those NHL previews, there will be previews of the three leagues that comprise the Canadian Hockey League, with those previews appearing over the next couple of weeks. The QMJHL currently has the bragging rights from the 2005-06 season as a result of the Quebec Remparts’ Memorial Cup win, so we’ll see which clubs might have what it takes to knock off the defending champs.

And later in the month, after cuts have been made in the NHL Camps and the teams start to take shape, we’ll begin our series of previews of the AHL clubs. This series of articles on the top development league for the NHL provides our readers with some insight into the players to watch in the coming season, players whose next stop might be the NHL.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated feature this month is ranking of the top 50 NHL prospects. We do this feature twice a year, with the group responsible for producing the top 50 going out on a bit of a limb with this preseason version of the list. The rankings are in the writing stage as I type this, so the release is not far off.

We’d also like to get the HF Mailbag feature going again. This feature is an interactive one for the readers in that you are able to ask questions of the staff on most any subject related to hockey prospects. Be assured that someone will be available to answer your queries, so start thinking of those questions and send them to us at hfmailbag@hockeysfuture.com.

Finally, I’m sure many of you have noticed the banners at the top of the HF home page (and most other pages at the site) for the CDM Fantasy Hockey Pools. The CDM pools have been around for many years, and are probably some of the most popular hockey pools going. What you may not know is that joining these fantasy games via the banners at our site will help HF. Our site is run on the advertising revenue that we receive, which is what keeps it free for you, the readers. I know many of you will be spending your hard-earned money to enter these pools, so you can now do this while also helping out HF in the process. And here’s a hint – while you are certainly welcome to do so (and many of you have), playing the free version of the CDM game won’t generate revenue for the site. So, simply click on the banners for the pay-for-play games when you are ready to sign up, and you’ll be taken to the CDM website. Thanks in advance to those that play via our banners.

September should be a very interesting month, so be sure to visit Hockey’s Future.com for your daily dose of hockey prospect information.

Ken McKenna

Managing Editor, Hockey’s Future