The short version: I’ve been an Ottawa Senators fan since 1996 when I first moved to the city. I began writing about hockey with Hockey’s Future back in 2005. I spent three years contributing articles to the now defunct Hockey Herald (2007-10) and following its collapse decided to start this blog to supply the kind of information and analysis I don’t see enough of in the media. There’s a ton of information on the Interwebs, but so often it’s scattered about like confetti–here I hope to put it all together.
The long version: my process in becoming a blogger goes back to the when my step-brother needed me as a fill-in GM for his fantasy league. I managed a crappy Chicago Blackhawks team and the need to make it better got me interested in prospects. Team depth charts made me aware of Hockey’s Future (who I would write for briefly). HF connected me to the HFBoards and through that came my opportunity to write for the (now defunct) Hockey Herald. Towards the end of the run of that blog I became aware of The Silver Seven (on the blogging side of things) and Red Line Report (on the scouting side of things). All this exposure made me more cognisant of what was missing in my daily intake of hockey news: solid scouting information on prospects along with an emphasis on organisation and player comments with sensible analysis. Sports journalism trends towards the sensational and reporters have strong prejudices in how and what they report on; bloggers are often worse, although until recently they tended to be better informed when it came to team systems. When the Hockey Herald died I wanted a place for my draft coverage to go and created this site as a place for that information–a place with scouting reports from the professionals untouched by organisational bias. I also wanted one place where the best information about the Senators and their organisation could be found and realised that I had to create that space. That’s no disrespect to other blog sites that have their own particular focus, but over my time blogging here I spend more time searching my own archives for information than going elsewhere (in that sense, mission accomplished).
How and where I get my information has changed slightly since I began Eye on the Sens, primarily in terms of which blogs have the best information. Over the last year or so The 6th Sens have established themselves as my favourite Senators blog to visit. Outside the blogosphere nothing has changed save a growing emphasis on paid sites.