It's a Small World After All
Fans of teams in the Southern half of the US have been at a general disadvantage in following their prospects. The distance between folks in Tampa and destinations from Moscow to Moose Jaw made it nearly impossible to keep tabs on their future players leaving them to rely on static sources of information like the once a year THN Future Watch edition or sites like Hockey's Future which struggle to update content on a monthly basis.
Times are changing though. The internet allows real time posting of scores from around the globe. Bolt Prospects is taking advantage of the net to present information from a dozen leagues world wide as it occurs with commentary from a Lightning perspective. And now, the internet is looking like it will hold even more in the future for prospect watchers with cybercasts.
Minor and junior leagues offering cybercasts of games are cropping up all over the internet. It used to be only streaming audio was available over the net. Then, last season, the ECHL began cybercasting games on a PPV basis for $6 a game. This season the AHL is following suit with a nice slate of Springfield Falcons games being offered online. And more exciting, now the WHL and OHL offering cybercasts of junior games as well. Technology continues to advance and break down the barriers that used to exist for hockey fans. Hockey without borders; within the next 10 years it will happen. Bank on it.
Note: I'll be updating this blog post over the next few weeks to radio links for junior prospects' teams as well.