The Editor’s Desk, September, 2008

By Ken McKenna

The calendar has flipped over to September, meaning a new hockey season is upon us at Hockey’s Future.  The 2008-09 campaign means another season of covering the prospects of your favorite NHL team, as well as the prospects eligible for the 2009 NHL Draft.

This season, the main focus will be on the battle between top draft prospects John Tavares and Victor Hedman to see which of these two blue-chip prospects will have their name called first overall in Montreal next June.  While we’ll be sure to focus some attention on this dynamite duo, HF will also bring you coverage of prospects from all over the hockey world, as we have in our previous 10 seasons of coverage.

The focus at HF in September will be on bringing you up-to-date on the prospects to watch in the coming season.  You’ll be seeing some of this in the coming days as the NHL training camp previews are published at the site.  Our camp previews will be devoted to providing the lowdown on where the prospects in an NHL organization might land, be it with the big club, down in the minors, or back in juniors.

But we won’t simply be focusing on the NHL clubs.  We’ll also have previews of the three CHL leagues (the OHL, QMJHL and WHL for the uninitiated).  Those three leagues will begin their 2008-09 campaigns’ later this month, while the top junior league in the U.S., the USHL, will be gearing up for their season later in September.  And the cutdowns at the NHL camps means that some of that talent will be headed to the AHL, so you’ll be seeing some of the AHL team previews beginning in late September.

Of course, the most popular feature at HF in this opening month is the ranking of the top 50 NHL prospects.  The committee working on this feature is wrapping up work as this is being typed, so you can expect to see the release of this list later in September.  As always, much discussion will ensue once the verdict is in, so be sure to check in to HF often for the presentation of this popular feature.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that HF Radio will be presenting season previews in an audio format.  You’ve now gotten an eyeful of host Dustin Nielson from our NHL Draft coverage, but you’ll have to settle for his voice as he brings on various guests to discuss the activities in the hockey world leading up the 2008-09 season.  So be sure to listen to the Thursday night webcasts, or simply download the podcasts found at the HF Radio site.

As usual, then, a busy month is in store for hockey fans in September.  It is an exciting time of year, to be sure, so we’re glad to be able to bring you the coverage that you want and deserve.  We thank you for your continued support of HF, and look forward to another exciting season of providing fans with insight into the future of this great game.

Ken McKenna
Managing Editor, Hockey’s Future