2009 NHL Draft Guides (FC, ISS, McKeen's, RLR & THN)
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04-08-2009, 10:50 AM
Ryan Van Horne
Join Date: Dec 2005
Originally Posted by
has started the
THN Draft Preview 09
thread, I'm going to go ahead and start a thread regarding the 2009 NHL Draft Guides, so
thread isn't going to be bombarded with comments about other draft guides later on. Below is a list of the available draft guides (that I know of) and their costs.
Future Considerations: 2009 Draft Issue
- Electronic Version $??.?? (CDN)
International Scouting Service: 2009 NHL Draft Guide
- Electronic Version $50.00 (CDN); Printed Version $60.00 (CDN)
(Shipping or available via e-mail May 15, 2009)
McKeen's Hockey: 2009 Draft Guide
- Printed Version $39.99 (USD)
Red Line Report: 2009 Draft Guide
- Printed Version $40.00 (USD)
The Hockey News: Draft Preview 2009
- Printed Version $??.?? (CDN)/$??.?? (USD)
I don't recall the cost of each of the 2008 NHL Draft Guides, but if the cost of each draft guide are correctly stated by
THN, Mckeen's, Red Line, ISS, FC : Which are you getting?
thread, the draft guides by ISS and Mckeen's have increased quite significantly since 2008.
Refer to the following thread:
Also, on the McKeen's Hockey website, a Draft Guide Sampler is available. Refer to the following link:
Last year, I read the ISS Draft Guide, the Future Considerations Draft Guide (for $5, I figured what the heck and I've read Cup's stuff before and liked it) and The Hockey News (as part of my subscription).
Of the three, I like ISS the best and thought it was worth the money (although last year, it was cheaper than it is this year, I think. FC was definitely a great value. The Hockey News draft preview always leaves me wanting more. I like that they collect opinions from scouts and base their profiles on that, but I wish the issue itself had more content on undrafted prospects and less on team's past draft history, projected needs and such.
Originally Posted by
Red Line is expensive, but worth it. Their scouts see all the major international tourneys, go to tons of games in all of the major amateur leagues, and have a pretty good track record.
No frills- it comes on red construction paper and there are no pictures, stats, bells and whistles, etc. but you're getting 110 of the top prospects' detailed scouting reports compiled from viewings over the entire season.
I've subscribed to RLR since 1999-2000 and am happy with the service. It's not for everyone, but if you want to make sure that you're getting reports from guys who have been doing it for a while and are basing their observations on live viewings, then it's worth the dough.
I can't speak for other draft previews, but you can say the same thing about ISS. The ISS report is all text and the focus is on content, not appearance.
Also, despite Woodlief's innaccurate remark in his USA Today draft chat last June (
), ISS has scouts in rinks in NA and Europe and base their reports on live viewings filed by RinkNet. I've been getting the ISS reports since this scouting service started in 2002 and have spoken to many of their scouts. I can understand why Woodlief would not appreciate the competition ISS has provided, but I can't sit idly by and watch someone perpetuate the myth he started.
ISS does solid work by experienced hockey people and formulate their opinions on sound scouting principles. As with any organization, there are people who have worked for ISS that haven't done good work and they've been let go. (I've learned this from conversations that I've had with ISS people.)
Perhaps the most famous example of this was the female WHL scout who was mentioned in Gare Joyce's book, Future Greats and Heartbreaks.
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