Every Thursday 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.
Topi Niemela is a smaller blueliner who's very presence in the Liiga surprised and impressed many this year. He's a puck mover, but might not put up massive points in the NHL, however he also played a smaller defensive role this year.
Kasper Simontaival is also a smaller player, but the forward has dynamic skill and when he starts weaving up the ice you can't help but be excited. He's also a player who has worked on his overall game and was awarded with some PK time this past season.
What is #TrackingTheDraft with Craig Button?
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.