It’s been about a billion years since I updated this, so let’s go through it (update Jan/16)
Briefly: I’ve been an Ottawa Senators fan since I moved to the city from Kingston in 1996. I began writing about hockey with Hockey’s Future back in 2005 (just before they started paying, alas). 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 either don’t see at all or isn’t done well enough by traditional media and/or the blogging community. One of the things I used to do was collate information about the Ottawa Senators so it was easy to find, but other sites do this now (The Silver Seven in particular) so it’s no longer necessary.
The pointlessly long version: my process in becoming a blogger goes back to the when I drafted into GMing in a fantasy league. I managed a crappy Chicago Blackhawks team and the need to make it better got me interested in their 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 that run 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 cognizant of what was missing in my daily intake of hockey news: solid scouting information on prospects along with an emphasis on organisational and player comments with sensible analysis. Regular sports journalism is as awful (or more awful) than other forms of journalism, so there was a need to fill in what was left out. 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 and analysis untouched by organisational bias. Originally I also wanted one place where the best information about the Senators and their organisation could be found, although since 2014 I’ve considered that no longer necessary.
One of the major changes for me over the last year or so is a switch to focus more on prospects and Ottawa’s affiliates. With analytics cutting through the BS of regular journalism, there is only a periodic need for me to raise my voice about the NHL club, but coverage of Binghamton is minimal and awful while prospect coverage remains abysmal.
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