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THN, Mckeen's, Red Line, ISS, FC : Which are you getting?

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05-21-2008, 06:47 AM
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THN, Mckeen's, Red Line, ISS, FC : Which are you getting?

Just want to see what Draft guides most people on here buy.

I have including links to where on the internet you can purchase copies of these draft guides, and the cost of each (including shipping).

THN ($11.99) - Now Avaliable
McKeen's ($24.49 Print) - Now Avaliable
Red Line Report ($40.00 Print) - Now Avaliable
ISS ($25.00 Digital, $35.00 Print) - Shipping or avaliable via email June 10th
Future Considerations ($5.00 Digital) - Now Avaliable


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Just want to see what Draft guides most people on here buy......

THN (The Hockey News)
McKeen's
Red Line
ISS
Future Consdierations
This is my 1st year I'm buying a draft guide. I purchased Mckeen's but I wont recieve it till around June 10th. So I dont know which guides are best. I already have the hockey news draft issue. There's not much detail on the prospects, but its still a good read. I think I read the whole magazine cover to cover in the 1st hour I got it out of my mailbox. I have heard good things about ISS, but I went with Mckeen's because it was 15 dollars cheaper. I still might get ISS to, but I wanted to also hear some more thoughts on the previous ISS draft guides. If they were really worth the money or not. Too me though the best place to get information on the upcoming draft is right here on HF boards. Maybe HF posters should put out a draft preview.

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I'll get all those that are available on a digital format.

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There's a lot of free information out there also... I don't really see the point of spending money on any publication.

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I'll get all those that are available on a digital format.
Did you get any of those in previous years? How were they? Which draft guide is the best?

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There's a lot of free information out there also... I don't really see the point of spending money on any publication.
Where is the free information at? Or do you mean just here on HF boards. But if you look around HF you can probably get the most comprehensive draft guide out there. I'll still buy 1 or 2 just to have something to read.

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THN and McKeens. I like McKeens more

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There's a lot of free information out there also... I don't really see the point of spending money on any publication.
Agreed. I've paid for all of the others at some point in the past, but I don't find that I unearth anything much more by having them than I do by just following the "free stuff" on the boards. It's always hit and miss. Sometimes a guide gives me a little bit extra on a player I didn't know anything about that I never heard elsewhere, but just as often they kind of throw me off by raising expectations on somebody who doesn't pan out. I can flip a coin or go by stats alone to get roughly the same effect in my FHL armchair drafting in those cases, so I don't feel inclined to wade through the publications anymore. There are enough players that I do know something about or do have an interest in based on firsthand observation that it isn't crucial to me to try to know everything about every player anymore. I'll have guys I want to pick throughout a 7-round draft even without the help of a draft guide.

Maybe if I had a year where I was too busy to follow along and needed to "cram" before the draft I'd shell out again, but not this year.

Of course, that said, I'll still always pay the $5 or whatever for the THN Draft Preview, just for old times' sake, to have a little memento for future reference if nothing else.

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THN and McKeens. I like McKeens more
Where can someone in the States get a McKeens?

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Did you get any of those in previous years? How were they? Which draft guide is the best?
My favorite is McKeens but they don't have a digital format so this year I'll try ISS.

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Red Line and THN. Dropping McKeen's this year.

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Can anybody tell me how much McKeen's is this year?

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Can anybody tell me how much McKeen's is this year?
I updated my first post.

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ISS is $20 if you don't mind a digital version.

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Future Considerations' draft guide will be the most comprehensive on the market and besides THN, the least expensive as well. Spend the $10 with FC and save your money.

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Future Considerations' draft guide will be the most comprehensive on the market and besides THN, the least expensive as well. Spend the $10 with FC and save your money.
Where do you see this info for Future Considerations? How does one go about ordering it?

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THN is by far the worst... Year by year with a ton of mistakes, they also publish it too early, before the beginning of the Memorial Cup...

McKeen's has the best record but it is simply the overall best... I really like The Red Line too...

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I'll add it to the list - when do you plan on releasing yours?

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I'll add it to the list - when do you plan on releasing yours?
I was kidding really. But I will come out with a top 30 with blurbs around June 10th.







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Where do you see this info for Future Considerations? How does one go about ordering it?
You must be a member (which is free, just get a username and password) and then after you are logged in to the site you can order either a yearly subscription or just per issue. I think the guide is $10 but all other single issues are $5.

I am a writer for FC and can tell you that the guide will be packed with loads of wonderful content for the avid draft follower.

The pegged release date is June 8th.

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I bought McKeen's last year and was not impressed. Looked like it was printed on a home printer. Content was ok, but lacking.

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dont know about mckeens draft guide, but i find that their overall subscription coverage has dropped to surprisingly poor levels. i usually sign up after the season for my team ends, and amuse my self studying up for the draft. they used to be the best with great updates in the profiles for all the top players, and many lesser ones, and it was all from the mouths of scouts. i signed up a month ago, and multiple players in the first round didnt have anything written up, they used to have info on guys years in advance - now two months away from the draft some guys profile pages have nothing...at all. for most of the rest instead of coming straight from scouts youve got a guy who sounds like one of us summing up opinions he has heard or his own opinion which is clearly not the same as a scout. maybe they just focus on their draft preview, and no longer develop profiles over the years. its a shame, it used to be my top recommendation, now i strongly suggest steering clear of subscribing to them.

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Red Line- simply the best product, IMO.

I have every guide of theirs since 1999, and I still go back and refer to them years after the fact. You'd be surprised at how good they've been as a whole over the years.

Plus- having attended the drafts, I know the scouts personally and know they go to the games, are connected and know what they are doing. In purchasing Red Line, you are assured that the people whose opinions you are paying for have seen the prospects. Right or wrong- nobody's perfect- but I'm pretty happy with the service they provide and have been for almost a decade now.

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I updated my first post.
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