Tracking the Draft
July 2, 2020
Craig Button is the Director of Scouting for TSN and joins me each week to discuss prospects for the NHL Draft and joins Dean Millard each week for Tracking the Draft. Episode 2 features Yaroslav Askarov in Top Shelf Talent the best goalie since Carey Price according to Craig who has the goaltender ranked 7th on the Craig's List. The Southpaw has a sparkling international resume for the most part and like a lot of young players stumbled a little at the WJC, but it was what he did after that tournament, much like how a goalie reacts after giving up a goal, that impressed Craig the most. Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and Carter Savoie are in The Next Wave and both destined to play in the NCAA next season. Fontaine - who easily has the best first name in the draft and maybe all of sports??? - is off to Northeastern where Craig thinks he is going to develop so well that if he's not drafted will be a coveted free agent in years to come. He passed through the draft last year and Craig thinks that was a mistake by all 31 teams, so don't expect him to be a free agent after this season. Savoie is planning on being a Pioneer in Denver, another school with a reputation for developing good players and the Sherwood Park Crusader does the hardest thing in the game very well. He scores goals, in fact Craig called him one of the best scorers in the draft and admitted he doesn't have him high enough at 48. A former Wolverine and current Maple Leaf compares to a member of the Prince Albert Raiders in Time Machine where Craig takes a look at a player drafted years ago to someone in this year's crop. This week it's a couple of players who give their teammates and coaches confidence no matter when or why they tap them for a shift. Our trivia question was about goalies drafted in the first round. Craig Button joins us on the UFFS Hotline, find out how to become a scout and provide players to the UFSL while making some money. Now is your chance to prove yourself!!!! Check out more info at www.UFFSports.com. You can find the Craig's List here.
July 2, 2020
Craig Button is a former GM in the NHL, a Stanley Cup Champion and the Director of Scouting with TSN and joins me each week to discuss prospects for the NHL Draft. This week we explored Jake Sanderson a defenceman from the USNDT who is committed to play for the University of North Dakota. His father Geoff played over 1100 games in the NHL and put up 700 points and while Jake is a great skater like his dad, he's a different kind of skater. Craig Button has a lofty comparison for Jake if he produces offence at the NHL level. Jake Neighbours of the Edmonton Oil Kings is a player that is strong, smart and plays with a little bit of an edge. His ability to play well with skilled players gives him the opportunity to play high up in the line up. Egor Sokolov is a big Russian right handed left winger who plays for Cape Breton. He has terrific hands and was approaching 50 goals before the season was cancelled. He's also improved his game quite a bit after being passed over in the draft last year. Nico Daws was also passed by once and rebounded by earning a spot on Canada's World Junior team. You can find the complete Craig's List here.