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.
From a smooth skating defenceman to a skilled forward and a all around glue guy who can play on the top line we jumped around a bit this week. Craig and I also discussed Jack Eichel's trade value and Cole Caufield in the playoffs.
Simon Edvinsson is the type of player you pay to watch skate. His mobility allows him to defend, but what about his offence? Craig and I offer some comparable that NHL and UFHL GMs should be excited about.
Fyodor Svechkov was a steal in the UFHL futures auction, going for just $20 and now a projected first round pick, means profit for the scout who owns his fantasy rights. Craig compared his all around game to one of the best Russians to ever play in the NHL.
Xavier Bourgault might not be the flashiest player, or a guy at the top of draft lists, but Craig feels he has the right game to be a really good NHL player and potentially on a top line. There are first line stars and first line complimentary players and Bourgault has a lot of 'glue guy' qualities to his game.
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.