Tracking the Draft

The Next Wave

 

Episode 12

24 September 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken.

 

Dmitri Zlodeyev is a really solid all around player that Craig thinks every coach and linemate will love. He knows his limitations and plays to his strengths. Tyler Tullio is a buzz saw kind of player with a non stop motor and the ability to play with high end players and contribute, meaning he could find a fit on a top line. 

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  Listen here

Episode 11

18 September 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken.

 

Zion Nybeck is a small shifty winger who put up 1.6 points per game in the Swedish J20 league and Craig explained the competition in that junior league as well as what Zion does and what will need to happen to develop. Cross Hanas of the Portland Winterhawks has some flare for creativity but might now have enough finish to be considered a top goal scorer at the next level. He can be an effective forward though, once he starts adding muscle to his good size frame. 

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  Listen here ...

Episode 10

10 September 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken. This week we were honoured to have Jokke Nevalainen, the Head European Scout for Dobber Prospects join us. 

 

Noel Gunler has a wicked release that seems to fool goalies quite a bit as the puck is there on his stick one second and gone the next. However Gunler himself has a knack for disappearing just as much as the puck does off his stick. Some see him as a first round pick, but Craig isn't sold because of how inconsistent he has been. Tyler Kleven meanwhile is a big, mobile shut down defenceman, something every team wants. He's not going to be a big point producer or a top pairing guy, but skates well and could be a penalty killer at the NHL level. He's also going to the University of North Dakota where he's have plenty of time and access to the latest technology to put muscle on his frame.

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 playersat www.TrackingTheDraft.ca  Listen here ...

Episode 9

September 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken. This week we were honoured to have Jokke Nevalainen, the Head European Scout for Dobber Prospects join us. 

 

JJ Peterka could make it three German born players taken in the first round of the NHL Draft. Tim Stutzle could go second overall and Lukas Reichel who is ranked 33rd on the Craig's List. Peterka is 42 and if teams value a Rickard Rakell type player he might hear his name called on day one. He's a smart hard working player that could find his way onto some top lines in the NHL like the way Chris Kunitz and his 4 Stanley Cups did. 

Charlie Desroches is at the very end of the Craig's list ranked 103, but don't mistake that for a lack of potential. In fact the more I learn about this player the more I think he's going to be a late round player that develops at the CHL and AHL level and turns into a valuable defender. These are the types of players who never stop working on their game and thus never stop developing their whole career and these are guys you win with. 

 

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 playersat www.TrackingTheDraft.ca  Listen here ...

Episode 8

28 August 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken. This week we were honoured to have Jokke Nevalainen, the Head European Scout for Dobber Prospects join us. 


Topi Niemela is a smaller blueliner who's very presence in the Liiga surprised and impressed many this year. He's a puck mover, but might not put up massive points in the NHL, however he also played a smaller defensive role this year. 

Kasper Simontaival is also a smaller player, but the forward has dynamic skill and when he starts weaving up the ice you can't help but be excited. He's also a player who has worked on his overall game and was awarded with some PK time this past season.

 

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 playersat www.TrackingTheDraft.ca  Listen here ...

Episode 7

21 August 2020 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former NHL GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button and Dean Millard discuss players ranked outside of the top 40 on Craig's List, who are projected to go after the first round, where great players, superstars and Hall of Fame players have been taken.

Drew Commesso had elite numbers in net for the USNDT against teams in the USHL and from the start of the season until things were shut down he continued to improve, not just his numbers but his fundamentals in the crease. He also has some options for his future as he's slated to attend Boston University where he will be afforded the time he needs to develop, and if he changes his mind the Quebec Remparts hold his QMJHL rights and can boast one of the greatest goalies of all time as their Head Coach and GM. 

Alexander Pashin is a small speedy skilled forward who could go on to great things, if he makes better decisions. If the happens he could be a home run as he plays on the edge and his edge work and hands are dynamic. 

 

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.   Listen here ...

Episode 6

14 August 2020 

 

In The Next Wave we feature a defenceman from the USNDT who is off to Michigan and play for the Wolverines. Jacob Truscott uses his wheels to defend and his mobility comes in handy when starting the play out of his own end. He has the potential to make people wonder why he was drafted so low if he ends up in the 2nd round. Jack Finley is a big centreman who plays for the Spokane Chiefs. He is a tough guy to move from in front of the net and Craig says he has 'finishing hands' when in tight. Like most young guys going through a growth spurt things can be awkward, but Finley could be a force when he gets comfortable with his body structure.  Listen here ...

 

Episode 5

07 August 2020 

 

The Next Wave brings us players expected to be taken after the first round of the NHL Draft. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button has Daniil Gushchin ranked 49 on the Craigs List and Connor McClennon 77. Gushchin reads plays really well and uses anticipation to create scoring chances. Conner McClennon has a terrific shot and Craig thinks he can score 50 in the WHL possibly next season. Listen here ...

 

Episode 4

24 July 2020

 

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


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 is a speedy power forward who can kill penalties and will thrive in the middle of the line up. He played last year with the USNDT and is off to Boston University. Martin Chromiak of the Kingston Frontenacs has a compact and quick release that doesn't scrape the roof with a wind up. He's young and only played 28 games in the OHL last year, so expectations will be high this coming season.


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. Listen here ...

Episode 3

17 July 2020

 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former GM and current Director of Scouting for TSN, Craig Button 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.

Oliver Okuliar has been twice passed over, will it be an unfortunate hat trick, while Ryan O'Rourke is a little lower on 
Craig's List than others. 

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. Listen here ...

Episode 2

10 July 2020

 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former GM and current Director of Scouting for TSNCraig Button 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. Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, aside from having an all world name, has a lot of skill and Craig thinks if all 31 teams pass on him again, they'll be paying for it later on, literally when he's a coveted college free agent. The former member of the Chicago Steel of the USHL is off to Northeastern where Craig feels he will have plenty of time to develop even more skill. Carter Savoie had 53 goals in 54 games this year for Sherwood Park in the AJHL is bound for the mountains in Denver as he'll try and fill the net for the Pioneers. Craig thinks he's one of the best in the draft at doing that and admits he doesn't have him high enough on the Craig's List at 48. 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. Listen here ...

Episode 1

2 July 2020 

 

In The Next Wave on Tracking the Draft, former GM and current Director of Scouting for TSNCraig Button 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. Jake Neighbours of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings is ranked 43 on Craig's List and does a lot things well and thinks the game well enough to play with guys above his talent level. What's holding him back and who Craig thinks of when watching him play are some of things we chatted about with Neighbours. Egor Sokolov is a big right shot left winger who plays for Cape Breton of the QMJHL and has terrific hands. He has been passed over in the draft once but that seems to have motivated him quite a big. He was hunting 50 goals this year when the season was cancelled and finished with 46 in 52 games while adding 46 helpers.  Listen here

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