Every Wednesday former NHL GM, Stanley Cup Champion and Director of Scouting with TSN, Craig Button and I explore prospects for the NHL Draft. From Top Shelf Talent to The Next Wave to Time Machine and more, the stars of tomorrow are discovered here.
As the World Junior Hockey Championship draws closer players and coaches from different countries have been ruled out. We discussed how things will work when teams start arriving later this week to prepare for the bubble. We also looked at the tournament through the eyes of Maple Leaf and Jets fans, both teams have some serious talent and may be torn during a couple of games of who to cheer for.
As for the three mini profiles, we looked at a big Swedish forward who you might see in the tournament. Oskar Olausson tore up the J20 league in Sweden to start the season and was quickly promoted to the SHL. Ryder Korczak just missed the 2020 draft and it gives him another year to impress scouts, which he did last year on a really bad Moose Jaw team. Sean Behrens is going to be that player that teams regret passing on because of his size. The American defenceman simply controls the game and is the type of player that allows coaches to sleep at night.
What is #TrackingTheDraft with @CraigJButton?
Tracking the Draft with Craig Button is a weekly 45 minute podcast hosted by Dean Millard featuring former NHL General Manager Craig Button who is currently the Director of Scouting for TSN. We will focus on the upcoming NHL draft in a number of different ways.One segment, titled Top Shelf Talent will feature a projected 1st round pick. Another segment will focus on players projected to go after the first round, titled The Next Wave. Time Machine will be a segment where we look at past drafts with stories from Craig and comparisons to a current draft prospects.
A short Prospect News segment and a trivia contest will wrap around the draft discussion between Craig and Dean.