Looking for detailed information on the NHL Entry Draft's top players? Well, unlike the myriad draft guides you can find for the NFL football draft every year, finding the hockey equivalents are a bit more of a challenge.
The annual Hockey News draft preview is already out, and for the cost-conscious or casual draft fan. it's more than adequate to cover the bases.
I've read THN's draft issues religiously since they first started publishing them in the early 80's and have kept just about every one going back to 1986 (which had a great cover of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty including a very youthful-looking Andy Moog).
The great hockey scribe Bob McKenzie started THN's draft bible, and he's the one that many of us draftnik wannabes aspire to. In my humble opinion, nobody can match him for his connections and inside dirt when it comes to the NHL and especially the entry draft.
But, there are other publications that will cost a little more but are pretty comprehensive that may be worth looking into if you need more information. In the interest of being fair and out of a desire to arm you with information you may not already have, I won't list one over the other because of conflict of interest and I don't want to be seen as endorsing or not endorsing any. If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to ask, but for now, I'll simply provide the links and let you make your own decision based on what works best for you.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've subscribed to Red Line Report for 11 years and have every draft guide of theirs since 1999.
International Scouting Services - Printed and Electronic Versions available. $50 CDN (Available May 25th, 2010)
McKeen's - Printed Version $30 CDN, $30 USD, $35 International (Available June 2nd, 2010)
Red Line Report - Printed Version $45.00 USD (Available June 3rd, 2010)
The Hockey News - Printed and Electronic Versions available. $5.99 (Mailed to subscribers May 5th...Available May 17th, 2010)
Future Considerations - Electronic Version $16.79 USD; Printed Version $27.81 USD (Available May 2010)
The Hockey Prospect- Printed Version $18.95 USD (Available mid-May on Amazon.com and via website)