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.
Craig will be unveiling his top 5 for the 2021 NHL draft on TSN this Thursday, but today I threw some names at him that might be on that list. We discussed the great all around play that coaches crave from Dylan Guenther and Matty Beniers as well as the potential that blue liners Owen Power, Simon Edvinsson and Luke Hughes possess, which each one different from the next.
We also chatted about the 2021 draft, the age and the potential for one exceptional player in the AHL each year. Hint, Craig railed against my suggestion!!! We discussed how good entry level contracts can be huge in the NHL and UFHL (no fans to complain about rebuilds) providing those players can play, the NHL is not a development league.
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.