Tracking the Draft

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. 

 

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 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

 

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 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. 

 

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 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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Season 2 - Episode 17

March 24, 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 it was story time and scouting tips from Craig as we took questions from listeners and viewers. We started with a topical question about officiating after NHL Referee Tim Peel was fired for what was caught on a hot mic and then got into some scouting topics. From top college free agents to anyone NHL ready in this year's draft to who to scout players strictly on video. Funny draft interview experiences with one really unique event at Todd Harvey's farm. Some funny stories about being at the draft table, Autu Raty's fall from being the top prospect and favourite college and junior rinks. We had a l to of fun with this one.

 

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 16

March 17, 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 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. 

 

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 15

March 10, 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 kicked things off discussing that a July draft looks like it's happening and how that impacts everyone involved. Don't ask Craig to put an asterisk beside this draft though, everyone is in the same situation. We also chatted about potential changes to the NHL draft lottery and whether it's being motivated by the 'good of the game' or 'the good of my team' when it comes to GMs in the NHL. 

The three prospects we profiled are Sasha Pastujov, one of the best passers in the draft and a guy heading to Notre Dame of the NCAA next season. Same Tuomaala of Karpat J20, a winger who's never met a shot he's afraid to take, but it's not just the shot, it's the positions he gets himself in to take those shots. Zachary L'Heureux is a player that maybe isn't the same type of power forward that a guy like Josh Anderson or Tom Wilson, but he still has plenty of power and skill in his game. Think of a cross between Matthew Tkachuk and Brad Marchand. 

I also brought up with Craig about being patient as a General Manager, whether that's in the NHL or the UFHL or any fantasy hockey franchise. Knowing your own team better than anyone is the first step, which allows you to be patient or pounce on an opportunity to improve your team. 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 14

March 3, 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. 

The future of the 2021 NHL draft is up in the air and Craig and I discussed a few different possibilities as well as 3 top notch players for whenever it's held. William Eklund is having a terrific season as an draft aged player in the SHL. Corson Ceulemans reminds Craig of a current Golden Knight, while Carson Lambos took on huge responsibilities on the back in in Winnipeg last year for the WHL's Ice. 

I also asked Craig if there is a clear cut #1 for 2021 and we chatted about an expansion team in the 
Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League selling for $10,000 USD, and of course this isn't your Dad's fantasy league. We are talking NFTs on the Zilliqa Blockchain so these are digital assets, and it's about to blow up!

 

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Season 2 - Episode 13

February 25, 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's show was awesome as it was mostly about goalies. We took a look at a sure fire first rounder and some others who will be knocking on the door as well as a NCAA free agent who's nickname should be shut out. 

Jesper Wallstedt is a Swedish goalie who will go in the first round, it's just a matter of whether it's inside or outside the top 10. He's playing in the SHL right now. Sebastian Cossa is the back stop for the Edmonton Oil Kings and some have him ranked in the first round. He has massive size which scouts drool over with goalies. Triston Lennox just missed being drafted last year and despite being undrafted, he's the Toronto Marlies roster for AHL games this year, a first for me to see a situation like that. Dryden Mckay is currently stonewalling the WCHA of the NCAA. His Minnesota State Mavericks are undefeated in conference play and he has 8 shuts outs this season.

We also touched on CHL players in the AHL, NHL & UFHL expansion and some NHL rookies. 

 

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 12

February 17, 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 will be unveiling his top 5 for the 2021 NHL draft on TSN this Thursday, but today I threw some names at him that might be on that list. We discussed the great all around play that coaches crave from Dylan Guenther and Matty Beniers as well as the potential that blue liners Owen Power, Simon Edvinsson and Luke Hughes possess, which each one different from the next. 

We also chatted about the 2021 draft, the age and the potential for one exceptional player in the AHL each year. Hint, Craig railed against my suggestion!!! We discussed how good entry level contracts can be huge in the NHL and UFHL (no fans to complain about rebuilds) providing those players can play, the NHL is not a development league.  

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 11

January 20, 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 the future of the 2021 NHL draft. Will it happen this year or be pushed back to next year, and what kind of format would that look like? To me the NHL has an opportunity to do the right thing by the prospects, scouts and teams by pushing it back a year and then making it a back to back weekend summer event. As for the players in 2021 we chatted about there was a common theme between Luke Hughes, Matthew Beniers and Mackie Samoskevich. We also weighed in on some of the moves Duckman's Domination made in the UFHL this week that involved adding picks and prospects that Craig recommended. 

 

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 10

January 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. 

Craig is freshly out of the bubble that was the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton and we recapped the tournament, from a stellar gold medal game from the Americans to some individual players excelled. 

We also discussed scouting strategies and how you need to be fluid and adaptable in your thinking if you are going to have success. We profiled 3 players from 3 different countries as we try and sort out what kind of season there might be up until the draft for prospects. 

We profiled Simon Robertsson of Sweden, Jimi Suomi of Finland and Logan Stankoven of Canada. 

 

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 9

December 22, 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 Craig and I focused on the upcoming World Junior Championship. From what 2021 draft prospects to watch for to the Oilers, Flames and Canucks prospects in the tournament as we wrapped up our Canadian NHL team focus. We also discussed how trades happen and one hilarious story about a trade request to Craig when he was the GM of the Flames. We wrapped things up by chatting about some key players for a few countries who are and are not in this tournament. Craig and his TSN colleagues will have a tournament preview show on Christmas Eve. 

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