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.
It was the World U18 edition this week as we took a look at 5 players who will be suiting up for team Canada next week in Texas. Three of them are eligible for the 2021 NHL draft, the other two are for 2022 and 2023 respectively.
Francesco Pinelli, Brett Harrison and Conner Roulette will play various roles while wearing the Maple Leaf, and some of it might be different from what they do on their regular teams. Connor Bedard is the top pick right now for the 2023 draft, but don't suggest to Craig he's too young to play a top role. Shane Wright is being considered as the top pick in 2022, like Bedard he received exceptional player status in the CHL, but hasn't played this year as the OHL has been shut down to due Covid19. Will that have an impact of his play at the start of the tournament?
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.