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 here.
We focused on 3 guys who likely won't be top 5 or top 10 picks but have the potential to make some people ask, 'how'd they get him there?' Logan Stankoven was purchased as an NFT for $520 in the scout auction and while he's dropped in a lot of rankings, Craig always comes away impressed by the Kamloops Blazer of the WHL.
Cameron Whynot has already doubled his point production from his rookie season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, and Craig sees a current Toronto Maple Leaf blue liner when he watches him play. While not physical, Whynot is steadily getting better in all areas. Matt Coronato simply scores goals. 36 in 39 games this season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL and Craig relates how some scouts complain that all players do is score goals with a hilarious story about Ken Holland.
We also debated a top 5 pick for $1000 in the USHL vs 10 NFTs for $100 from rounds 3-7 and beyond. I asked Craig about his scouting plan the rest of the season and how to spot subtle plays by skaters or goalies.
Next week, it's Craig's Counsel where you can ask a question about a scouting tip or a story from his career. Email me Trackingthedraft@Gmail.com and we'll add your question to the list we already have going.
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.