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.
Luke Hughes is part of a log jam of defencemen near the top of the draft. A great skater with confidence, but what will his offensive production be like? He's heading to Michigan next year so his development curve is on track. Brennan Othmann has a great shot, hockey IQ and uses his size to protect the puck well, but some question his skating. Does Craig? What was a season spent in the Swiss League like for the one time Flint Firebird of the OHL? Fabian Lysell has a ton of speed and only needs an inch of space to blow past defenders and create a scoring chance. He played most of the year in the SHL and while he didn't produce points, he did earn valuable experience.
We also discussed how the Tampa Bay Lightning have built a potential Stanley Cup defending team by drafting well in rounds 3-7 and we remembered Tom Kurvers, a hockey legend in Minnesota, a 1986 Stanley Cup Champion and a past Hobey Baker Award winner for the great man he was.
Craig joins us each week courtesy of the UFFS Hotline, become a scout and track the same players Craig and other scouts do, join up at www.UFFSports.com and get paid for your eagle eye when it comes to future stars. Catch past episodes and individual players at www.TrackingTheDraft.ca and watch episodes on YouTube.
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.