McKeen’s 2007-08 Hockey Pool Yearbook was at my 7-11 tonight on the way home, so I decided to buy it (and picked up Slurpee’s for the kids. Best Dad ever!) instead of waiting for the HN edition and deciding which was better.
I’ll buy the HN version, but I’m down to one reason (they list the entire draft, with csb #’s, in a couple of pages at the back. Exceptional reference item, especially for someone who has thousands and thousands of hockey magazines/books/programs collected over a 30+ year period and needs to add maybe 5 pieces a year until death which is going to come soon if his wife sees too many additions in a short period of time).
McKeen’s is the class of the field for a few very specific reasons. First, their projections are handy and rational. They project Hemsky to score 20-49-69 in 75gp, a .92 clip. This is a very good bet, because although Hemsky is likely to have a breakthrough year he’s also going to be playing with some challenges (addled PP contstruction, loss of Ryan Smyth, etc). If we were sitting around BSing and I said “Hemsky should score 70 points this season, a nice recovery but not quite the season he had when Pronger was here” I think most Oiler fans would think me reasonable.
They also predict on the low end for the unproven guys (JFJ: 58gp, 5-5-10) but see some improvement for those who have enjoyed more than a cup of coffee (Pouliot: 11-27-38, Thoresen: 9-14-23).
They do see Nilsson hanging onto the regular job (buy the magazine for that, it’s worth the price) but this is before Penner came over so I’d be interested in where those at-bats would come from (my guess is Kenta’s kid). They see Nilsson and Stortini winning the extra jobs among the top 12 (pre: Penner), and like Grebeshkov to grab the #7D job over Roy and Gilbert (and they like him to play quite a bit).
One of my favorite spots on the internet is Mirtle’s site, I won’t lie. Guy knows his stuff and is an excellent writer (in the history of the game, there are probably fewer than 40 “excellent writers” who reached a wide audience). Anyway, I don’t owe him a thing but the team he’s on (McKeen’s) put out a beauty yearbook and if you love hockey as much as I do it is well worth the coin. Their description of Pouliot alone is worth the cost of the magazine.