Tracking the Draft

Season 2 - Episode 29

June 23, 2021

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. 

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. 

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Season 2 - Episode 28

June 16, 2021

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. 

From a smooth skating defenceman to a skilled forward and a all around glue guy who can play on the top line we jumped around a bit this week. Craig and I also discussed Jack Eichel's trade value and Cole Caufield in the playoffs. 

Simon Edvinsson is the type of player you pay to watch skate. His mobility allows him to defend, but what about his offence? Craig and I offer some comparable that NHL and UFHL GMs should be excited about. 

Fyodor Svechkov was a steal in the UFHL futures auction, going for just $20 and now a projected first round pick, means profit for the scout who owns his fantasy rights. Craig compared his all around game to one of the best Russians to ever play in the NHL.

Xavier Bourgault might not be the flashiest player, or a guy at the top of draft lists, but Craig feels he has the right game to be a really good NHL player and potentially on a top line. There are first line stars and first line complimentary players and Bourgault has a lot of 'glue guy' qualities to his game. 

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.

  

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Season 2 - Episode 27

June 2, 2021

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. 

We are just over 7 weeks until the draft and we continue to track players leading up to it. This week it's a Canadian Dman playing overseas, a Canadian forward playing in the U.S.A and a Swedish forward playing in his home country. 

Brandt Clarke is a big blue liner who Craig has ranked #2. He normally plays in Barrie but this year was skating in Slovakia. Kent Johnson was a freshman at Michigan in the Big 10 of the NCAA this season. He projects as a strong centreman but did play the wing this year. Oskar Olausson is a Swedish forward who does a lot of things well and could very well outplay his expectations with his slick hands. I also asked Craig about improving skills and the lack of combine right now. 
 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 26

May 26, 2021

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 what might be coming from the Oilers system that could help add depth. The three prospects/NFTs we explore are Jesper Wallstedt, Chaz Lucius and Anton Olsson. Wallstedt is the top rated goalie for the draft and I asked Craig when he might be ready. Lucius is a pure goal scorer who is going to the University of Minnesota to develop after an injury plagued season. Olsson is a Swedish defensemen who might have a chance to outplay his expectations, but could settle nicely as a #3 blue liner. 

I also asked Craig about the 'BPA Vs drafting for need' debate.  

 

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.

  

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Season 2 - Episode 25

May 19, 2021

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 Craig and I discussed the importance of the recent Under 18 World Championship during a season with so few viewings. However basing so much on one viewing can be dangerous. Zachary Bolduc of Rimouski has always been a goal scorer, but this year developed his game even more. Isak Rosen has an NHL calibre release and Benjamin Gaudreau was a bright star on a struggling Sarnia team last year and led Canada to gold at the U18s. 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 24

May 12, 2021

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 has revealed his Top 32 for the 2021 draft with a top 40 to come later one and we zeroed in on three players that made the grade. Matthew Coronato has been getting a lot of buzz in the UFHL and NHL scouting communities and rightfully so. A terrific goal scorer who is off to Harvard University. Sebastian Cossa is one of three goalies who made Craig's top 32 and his numbers were incredible with the EDMONTON OIL KINGS this season. He looks like a goalie, not the Michelin Man in net and he makes saves as opposed to just letting the puck bounce off him like a trampoline. Dylan Guenther is Sebastian's teammate in Edmonton and at one point was touted as a potential #1 overall pick for 2021 and while Craig still sees him as a top line player, he might be more of a complimentary top line player, who will still go very high in July. 

We also discussed Owen Power and Cole Perfetti heading to the World Championship with Canada and I asked if Shane Wright should have been invited?

 

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Season 2 - Episode 23

May 6, 2021

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. 

A special day for this week's show as we are previewing the final of the World Under 18 Hockey Championship between Canada and Russia. It's a rivalry on ice that is terrific no matter the level and when it's best on best it's Top Shelf! This week we explored two star players on each team not eligible until the 2022 and 2023 drafts. 

Ivan Miroshnichenko scored two beautiful goals against Finland in the semi-final by freezing the Finish goaltender each time, it's a high end skill that not a lot of players have. Shane Wright has done everything right at this tournament and before and Craig thinks he would go first overall in this year's draft if he was eligible, so I asked him if Wright is a generational player. Matvei Michkov has an astonishing 11 goals in the tournament so far and isn't draft eligible until 2023 so think about what he could do to the all time record book with his patience and unpredictable (from a defenders POV) offensive abilities. Connor Bedard is a guy who most think will go first in 2023 and for that reason he was granted exceptional player status in the WHL, becoming the first player to ever do it. He's not making the decision makers look bad, as he dazzled in the semi-final and we used the term AI when discussing his attack. 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 22

April 28, 2021

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. 

With Craig in Texas for the Under 18 World Championship we came up with a fab five pack of players taking part. From Brandt Clarke an offensive dman who has #1 defenceman written all over him to Simon Edvinsson who might not be as offensive as Clarke, but the Swede will be very valuable to an NHL team with his mobility and size when it comes to moving the puck and defending. We chatted about a couple of Russians in Fyodor Svechkov and Nikita Chibrikov, two highly skilled but different forwards. Svechkov has a really good all around game, while Chibrikov has a higher offensive ceiling, but both have made an impact in the tournament so far. 

To end the segment we brought it back to Canada and looked ahead to the 2022 draft with Shane Wright. The Canadian captain scored an even strength, power play and short handed goal vs Sweden, displaying his all around game, and Craig had a comparison to one of the best players in the NHL right now. 

Here are the scouting agencies who purchased the NFTs discussed in today's show. 

Brandt Clarke - RubyISS
Simon Edvinsson - Spitfire Scouting
Fyodor Svechkov - RubyISS
Nikita Chibrikov - Spitfire Scouting
Shane Wright - High Level Scouting

 

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Season 2 - Episode 21

April 21, 2021

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. 

It was the World U18 edition this week as we took a look at 5 players who will be suiting up for team Canada next week in Texas. Three of them are eligible for the 2021 NHL draft, the other two are for 2022 and 2023 respectively. 

Francesco Pinelli, Brett Harrison and Conner Roulette will play various roles while wearing the Maple Leaf, and some of it might be different from what they do on their regular teams. Connor Bedard is the top pick right now for the 2023 draft, but don't suggest to Craig he's too young to play a top role. Shane Wright is being considered as the top pick in 2022, like Bedard he received exceptional player status in the CHL, but hasn't played this year as the OHL has been shut down to due Covid19. Will that have an impact of his play at the start of the tournament?

 

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Season 2 - Episode 20

April 14, 2021

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. 

It was all about NHL bloodlines on this episode as we focused on three players whose fathers suited up in the NHL and had successful careers. Josh Doan is currently playing for the Chicago Steel and soon will be playing for his home state school at Arizona State University. Chase Stillman will be a member of Canada's upcoming Under 18 team and spent some time playing in Denmark while the OHL has been shut down. He's certainly not afraid to challenged defensemen one on one. Red Savage is part of the U.S. National program and will play at Miami University next season and projects to be a really smart, two way forward. 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 19

April 7, 2021

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. 

I asked Craig how many players he thinks have a realistic chance at going first overall in 2021 and who they are as we discussed the players in question. The three forwards we discussed from three different countries all have a unique skill set. Dylan Duke can flat out score. James Malatesta projects to be a smart winger, while Dmitri Zugan won't be a first round pick, but is tracking to be a valuable asset to a playoff team down the road. 

We also chatted about the trade deadline from a team evaluation of it's own prospects to how Covid 19 and quarantines might impact this year's trade deadline. 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 18

April 1, 2021

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. 

Justin Robidas is a point per game player right now in the QMJHL with Val-d'Or and while he doesn't do anything spectacular he also doesn't have any holes in his game. He thinks the game really well, much like his father Stephane who played almost 1000 games in the NHL. Dultak Scouting Service owns this NFT in the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League.

Aatu Raty was leading the hype machine at this time last year as the number one pick. That's not the case right now, but don't mistake that for thinking he won't be a very good player. Smart scouts let others discuss the numbers in Liiga or the fact that he was cut from the World Junior team in Finland - Joe Thornton's rookie season and Marty Brodeur not making Canada's WJC say hello - while others rely on his game to game improvements in a pro league. Imagine what he would be doing in junior or college? RubyISS owns this NFT in the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League.

Nikita Chibrikov is going to be a fun player to watch, whichever team is lucky enough to take him. His ability to change gears and push back defencemen when crossing the blue line is fantastic and then he really goes to work. He's played in 3 different leagues and Craig believes he'll outplay his draft position with a name like Nikita Kucherov coming to mind. Also a nice tip of the hat to some legendary Russian hockey players from the past. Spitfire Scouting owns this NFT in the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League.

We also chatted about building a foundation with blueliners and looking out for the overall health of the league as opposed to just your team. Long vs short term. 

 

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