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.
With the 2021 draft just around the corner we focused on the likely top pick as well as two players who could be later first round picks.
Owen Power has been a tower of power all year as the #1 prospect. The Michigan Wolverine solidified his top spot at the men's World Hockey Championship helping Canada win gold. I asked Craig about his offensive potential and more.
Zach Dean skated with Gatineau of the QMJHL this season and looks to be trusted, safe player that will help in both ends of the ice. He might not have high end skill, but he rarely makes mistakes and will be strong down the middle.
Shai Buium is off to Denver University in 20222 and was excellent for Sioux City in the USHL this season. A terrific decision maker who is calm under pressure, there is a lot to like about him.
We also discussed how players who lost a year of development should be judged and evaluated heading into the draft and somehow got talking about bullring!
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.