Tracking the Draft

Episode 12

September 24, 2020

The Stars of tomorrow are discovered here, Every Thursday former NHL GM, Stanley Cup Champion and Director of Scouting with TSNCraig Button and I explore prospects for the NHL Draft. From Top Shelf Talent to The Next Wave to Time Machine and more.

This week it's Swedish sniper Alexander Holtz in Top Shelf Talent and Craig warns against thinking he's a one trick pony. Dmitri Zlodeyev is a Russian forward that some scouts may not have seen a lot, and could be a sleeper pick. He was joined in The Next Wave by Tyler Tullio of the Oshawa Generals who proved he could play with top players. In Time Machine Craig takes a look at Thomas Bordeleau and compares him to a 2002 Olympic Champion and we look ahead to 2021 with Cole Sillinger. 
 

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

  

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Episode 11

September 17, 2020

The Stars of tomorrow are discovered here, Every Thursday former NHL GM, Stanley Cup Champion and Director of Scouting with TSNCraig Button and I explore prospects for the NHL Draft. From Top Shelf Talent to The Next Wave to Time Machine and more.

This week we discussed the leading scorer in across the Canadian Hockey League, Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's. Craig has him ranked 8th and with his playmaking and goal scoring skills, he's a true double threat, although he did have 81 assists to 39 goals. A Backstrom comparison was made to the young Austrian star. In The Next Wave we took a look at Zion Nybeck, a small skilled Swede and Cross Hanas of the Portland Winterhawks. Time Machine brought us a Chicago Steel sniper Brendan Brisson, who has grown up around super start NHL players with his Dad being super agent Pat Brisson and Craig went back in time to compare him to a Conn Smythe Trophy winner. We also sped ahead in time to get a sneak peek at Zachary L'Heureau. 
 

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

  

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Episode 10

September 10, 2020

The Stars of tomorrow are discovered here, Every Thursday former NHL GM, Stanley Cup Champion and Director of Scouting with TSNCraig Button and I explore prospects for the NHL Draft. From Top Shelf Talent to The Next Wave to Time Machine and more.


Craig calls Jack Quinn the best goal scorer in the draft but warns not to forget about his creative side when it comes to setting up teammates. His anticipation is off the charts and Button can't find any deficiencies in his game. That can't said the same of Noel Gunler who has been called "polarizing" and "wildly inconsistent" so Craig told us his reasons why. Gunler has a terrific shot, but won't be able to use it in the NHL until he starts putting forward more consistent play. Tyler Kleven on the other hand gives you all he has, which is a lot when it comes to shutting down opponents. He isn't going to provide offence, but will will a back end roll on the blue line and could help out killing penalties. These guys are valuable, especially when they skate as well as Tyler does. He's also off to UND where he will get plenty of time and space to add muscle to his tall frame. In Time Machine Craig compared a current Brandon Wheat King with a one time Leaf and current Avalanche member, and some former Wheat King names came up in conversation as well. For 2021 we looked ahead at Zachary Bolduc who is ranked 14th by Craig right now for 2021 and Craig told a terrific story about how he ended up there and what he will do after Alexis Lafreniere moves to Broadway. Our trivia question involves UND and our poll question @DuckMillard is about the best pure goal scorer in the draft. 

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

  

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Episode 9

September 3, 2020

The Stars of tomorrow are discovered here, Every Thursday former NHL GM, Stanley Cup Champion and Director of Scouting with TSNCraig Button and I explore prospects for the NHL Draft. From Top Shelf Talent to The Next Wave to Time Machine and more.

This week on Top Shelf Talent
Craig and I discussed the top ranked defenceman on the Craig's List Jamie Drysdale. He's a player that's hard to describe what he does best because he does everything well. Craig has projected him as a #1 blue liner which is different than a Top 2 blue liner and we gave our opinions what separates them. Drysdale is a danger with and without the puck and Craig pulled out a Hall of Fame when describing him.

The Next Wave brought us a German forward who isn't flashy but can make those around him better. John Jason Peterka could make it 3 Germans taken in the first round and while his stats in the DEL this past year don't show a lot, his play does. A current Anaheim Duck came to mind for Craig when thinking about JJ. Charlie Desroches is a small defenceman who plays in Saint John and he's the type of player Craig would want in his system if he was drafting. Give him a few years and he could become a very valuable part of a blue line, maybe even better than scouts are thinking right now.

In Time Machine Craig made the comparison of Tyler Foerster a sniper with the Barrie Colts to a former London Knight drafted in the 2003 NHL Draft who once scored 50 in the NHL. We also went ahead in time to scout Simon Edvinsson, one of the many talented rearguards available in the 2021 draft. This youngster is a smooth skating Swede.

 

Also some Erie Otter trivia and news about Mason McTavish training in Switzerland, the WCJ without fans and NCAA letting players suit up in junior leagues.

 

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

  

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Episode 8

August 27, 2020

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 ListIs 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

  

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Episode 7

August 20, 2020

Before Craig Button and Dean Millard dove into this week's Top Shelf Talent, they paid tribute to the Top Dog of the 1981 NHL Draft Dale Hawerchuk who passed away this week. A more humble super star there might not ever have been. As for the 2020 Top Shelf Talent, it's Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves who is ranked 3rd on the Craig's List. How big is the gap between Byfield and Stutzle according to Craig? Also what impact should one tournament have on a player and what are the first few strides like for the power centre? In the Next Wave it's a goalie from the U.S.A Hockey in Drew Commesso. He had elite numbers in the USHL and is ranked 75 on the Craig's List. He is heading to Boston University and is also a draft pick of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL where Patrick Roy does just about everything. Alexander Pashin is a RW who plays for UFA and while he lacks size at 5.07 and 154 pounds he plays with a bit of an edge and uses his edges on his blades really well. Ranked 47 on Craig's List, once his decision making matches up with his hands and feet he could be a home run for any team that takes him in the 2nd round. In Time Machine Craig went to an undrafted player currently with the Boston Bruins who has scored double digits from the blue line three times and compared him to Lukas Cormier of Charlottetown of the QMJHL while taking a peak at 2021 in the form of Edmonton Oil King forward and WHL Rookie of the Year, Dylan Guenther. Our trivia was about the Sudbury Wolves and player movement as well as why the QMJHL is starting their season so early was discussed in news and notes. 

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. You can hear past episodes and individual segments at www.TrackingTheDraft.ca

  

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Episode 6

August 13, 2020

Now that the Lafreniere lottery is over and we know where Alexis Lafreniere will be going it's time to discuss him with the Director of Scouting for TSNs Craig Button who has Lafreniere ranked #1 on the Craig's List. Where does he come out when compared to recent first overall picks and what impact will he have on Broadway next year and more. In The Next Wave it's defenceman Jacob Truscott out of the USNDT and Jack Finley a centre with the Spokane Chiefs. Time Machine brings us a trip back to compare Brandon Saad with Roby Jarventie and forward to pre scout the 2021 draft in stud dman Owen Power. 

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. You can hear past episodes and individual segments at www.TrackingTheDraft.ca

  

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Episode 5

August 6, 2020

In Episode 5 TSN Director of Scouting's Craig Button and I discuss a player from the QMJHL, USHL and WHL among others.

 

Dawson Mercer is our Top Shelf Talent he lit things up to start the season and was red hot when things were shut down.

 

Daniil Gushchin and Connor McClennon are featured in The Next Wave. Gushchin suited up in the USHL but is headed to the OHL while a collarbone injury robbed McClennon of almost half a season and Craig thinks he will score 50 in the WHL.

 

In Time Machine Craig compared Evan Vierling of the Barrie Colts with former London Knight and current Arizona Coyote Christian Dvorak and we also took a peak at 2021 draft eligible star Aatu Raty who right now is the top dog. Craig joins us on the UFFS Hotline. Join the Ultimate Franchise Fantasy Sports world now as a scout, get more info at www.UFFSports.com 

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Episode 4

July 16, 2020

 

Craig Button is the Director of Scouting for TSN and joins Dean Millard each week for Tracking the Draft. 

 

In Top Shelf Talent Craig and I discuss players who are projected to go in the first round, choosing from the Top 40 on Craig's List. This week it's Cole Perfetti, maybe the smartest player in the draft. He was the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year and always seems to be 2 steps ahead on the ice. Like Neo from the Matrix. I asked Craig about his skating and received a terrific response. 

 

In The Next Wave Craig and I discuss players who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken. Luke Tuch from the USNDT is a big, speedy power forward who plays a role on the PK and will thrive in the middle part of the line up. Martin Chromiak plays both wings and get the puck away in a hurry, one of the youngest players in the draft - still 17 - he might one day have his own spot on the ice where he rips one timers. Craig relaid a great story about Jarome Iginla and working on accuracy. 

In Time Machine Craig tells a story regarding a past player and the NHL Draft while relating it to a player in this year's draft prospect pool. Former Dallas Star Jere Lehtinen as Craig put it was the most important part of the great Stars teams of the 90's and when he was separated from Mike Modano, the Hall of Famer did not like it. The player that Craig sees qualities of Lehtinen in with this year's draft is London Knight forward Luke Esposito who like Lehtinen can slide anywhere in the line up and play any style. 

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.

You can hear past episodes and more at www.TrackingTheDraft.ca. You can find the Craig's List here

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Episode3

July 16, 2020


Our Top Shelf Talent this week is Tim Stutzle, ranked 2nd on Craig's List here. The Next Wave features Oliver Okuliar of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Ryan O'Rourke of the St. Sault Marie Greyhounds and in Time Machine it's a former BU Terrier comparing to a future Harvard Crimson

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.

You can hear past episodes and more at www.TrackingTheDraft.ca. You can find the Craig's List
here

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Episode 2

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

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Episode 1

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

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