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.
This week on Top Shelf Talent Craig and I discussed the top ranked defenceman on the Craig's List Jamie Drysdale. He's a player that's hard to describe what he does best because he does everything well. Craig has projected him as a #1 blue liner which is different than a Top 2 blue liner and we gave our opinions what separates them. Drysdale is a danger with and without the puck and Craig pulled out a Hall of Fame when describing him.
The Next Wave brought us a German forward who isn't flashy but can make those around him better. John Jason Peterka could make it 3 Germans taken in the first round and while his stats in the DEL this past year don't show a lot, his play does. A current Anaheim Duck came to mind for Craig when thinking about JJ. Charlie Desroches is a small defenceman who plays in Saint John and he's the type of player Craig would want in his system if he was drafting. Give him a few years and he could become a very valuable part of a blue line, maybe even better than scouts are thinking right now.
In Time Machine Craig made the comparison of Tyler Foerster a sniper with the Barrie Colts to a former London Knight drafted in the 2003 NHL Draft who once scored 50 in the NHL. We also went ahead in time to scout Simon Edvinsson, one of the many talented rearguards available in the 2021 draft. This youngster is a smooth skating Swede.
Also some Erie Otter trivia and news about Mason McTavish training in Switzerland, the WCJ without fans and NCAA letting players suit up in junior leagues.
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.