#TrackingTheDraft with @CraigJButton

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Every Thursday 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.

Show Notes

It was so much fun to welcome in Jokke Nevalainen, the Head European Scout for Dobber Prospects to the show this week. Craig Button and Dean Millard had a chance to hear a different perspective on players. We focused on players from Finland for obvious reasons and started with Anton Lundell in Top Shelf Talent who is ranked 16th on the Craig's List. Is he the safe pick in this year's draft? Does he have more offence than what he has shown? In the Next Wave we started with the 46th ranked player on the Craig's List. Topi Niemela is small blueliner who surprised a lot of people by sticking in The Liiga. He's a puck distributor who had to play a more defensive role and both Craig and Jokke had interesting and different comparisons for him. Ranked 51st on the Craig's List is Kasper Simontaival has dynamic skills who worked on his all around game quite a bit this year and he could be a guy that leaves fans wondering how he slipped out of the first round, if a team doesn't step up and take him earlier. In Time Machine Craig took us back just a few years to compare Joni Jurmo a Finnish blue liner to his countryman drafted in 2012 Esa Lindell. Does Jokke see the same thing? We also went forward in time to examine Aatu Raty a little closer.

It was a really fun show and something we'll do again with other scouts. Email me Trackingthedraft@Gmail.com with suggestions. 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

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.