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 and discussed, here.
The 2021 draft is full of defenceman at the top end, which reminds me of the 2012 draft, but this year it's the 1995 draft that Craig thinks of. We discussed Matthew Beniers being one of the more complete players in the draft - not flashy, just effective - and some of the names he gets compared to. Samu Tuomaala is a sniper from Finland who has a more complete game than people give him credit for and showed that during the U18s. Aatu Räty is one of the more talked about players in the draft, as he was ranked number 1 last year and now is at the back end of the first round for a lot of scouts.
Craig also unveiled his top 6 of his top 64 which comes out July 8th on TSN and some fun mock drafts he and Bob McKenzie will be doing.
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.