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.
We kicked things off discussing that a July draft looks like it's happening and how that impacts everyone involved. Don't ask Craig to put an asterisk beside this draft though, everyone is in the same situation. We also chatted about potential changes to the NHL draft lottery and whether it's being motivated by the 'good of the game' or 'the good of my team' when it comes to GMs in the NHL.
The three prospects we profiled are Sasha Pastujov, one of the best passers in the draft and a guy heading to Notre Dame of the NCAA next season. Same Tuomaala of Karpat J20, a winger who's never met a shot he's afraid to take, but it's not just the shot, it's the positions he gets himself in to take those shots. Zachary L'Heureux is a player that maybe isn't the same type of power forward that a guy like Josh Anderson or Tom Wilson, but he still has plenty of power and skill in his game. Think of a cross between Matthew Tkachuk and Brad Marchand.
I also brought up with Craig about being patient as a General Manager, whether that's in the NHL or the UFHL or any fantasy hockey franchise. Knowing your own team better than anyone is the first step, which allows you to be patient or pounce on an opportunity to improve your team.
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.