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.
A special day for this week's show as we are previewing the final of the World Under 18 Hockey Championship between Canada and Russia. It's a rivalry on ice that is terrific no matter the level and when it's best on best it's Top Shelf! This week we explored two star players on each team not eligible until the 2022 and 2023 drafts.
Ivan Miroshnichenko scored two beautiful goals against Finland in the semi-final by freezing the Finish goaltender each time, it's a high end skill that not a lot of players have. Shane Wright has done everything right at this tournament and before and Craig thinks he would go first overall in this year's draft if he was eligible, so I asked him if Wright is a generational player. Matvei Michkov has an astonishing 11 goals in the tournament so far and isn't draft eligible until 2023 so think about what he could do to the all time record book with his patience and unpredictable (from a defenders POV) offensive abilities. Connor Bedard is a guy who most think will go first in 2023 and for that reason he was granted exceptional player status in the WHL, becoming the first player to ever do it. He's not making the decision makers look bad, as he dazzled in the semi-final and we used the term AI when discussing his attack.
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.