That's right kids, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Fans, NHL Entry Draft Junkies, and Armchair Scouts really ratchet up the focus to sometimes absurd levels as we cast our gaze toward the future, trying to figure out just which 17 or 18 year old will be slipping their favorite team's sweater on a June weekend in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Entry Draft marks the beginning of a part of the offseason where renewed optimism springs eternal; The NHL clubs restock their cupboards with a good handful of young players meticulously scouted, poked, prodded, interrogated, and branded worthy of selection. Every year there is a few kids who make the jump from their respective leagues to the NHL, with varying degrees of success. Despite how much or how little the player actually contributes is sometimes besides the point; it creates excitement and buzz amongst the fanbase.
Yes, in a way these kids are shiny new toys. As much as we love (or hate) the end results, I think we can all agree that we love the process much moreso- the evaluation, the deductions, the investigation, the speculation, and the conclusion.
And us Minnesota fans know that the process...well...sucked for a couple of years. It shows the importance of the whole thing, because the end result was that the organization is still feeling the effects of having a shoddy record in the Draft.
(Also the impetus for this blog.)
For me, Nate, and the cast of thousands who contribute to First Round Bust, we're excited as hell to kick off 2012 NHL Entry Draft coverage starting today. We got some really good stuff up our sleeves.