Tod Button runs down the 2017 NHL Draft

Following the conclusion of the 2017 NHL Draft, Calgary Flames head scout Tod Button chatted with media about the club’s draft picks. Here are some selected quotes from that chat with his thoughts on the Flames’ new additions.


A closer look at Juuso Valimaki

Typically when picking in the middle of the first round, an NHL team can expect to get a skilled but flawed player. Many “boom or bust” prospects slide out of the top 10 because of some perceived personality problem or because they lack at least one key ingredient in their game: size, speed, offense, hockey…


Making sense of the Flames’ future picks

The Calgary Flames have traded a lot of draft selections over the past several months. Speaking to the media at the 2017 NHL Draft, general manager Brad Treliving joked about how many picks he’s traded – the joke being it betrays his reputation as a guy who never trades picks. With all the picks moving,…