As you know by now, DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner spoke with TSN’s Craig Button regarding the 2018 draft, whose first round takes place this Friday in Dallas…
And Regner annotated part of his conversation with Button:
“Every draft has its own unique DNA,” Button said. “It’s this draft class, it’s this group of players, there’s going to be some good defensemen come out of this draft, there’s going to be some good centermen, there’s going to be some goaltenders that will end up playing and there’s going to be some good wingers.
“So much of the time a draft gets defined by the upper end of it, so when a Connor McDavid, an Auston Matthews or a Jack Eichel come along we say, ‘Oh, that’s a great draft.’
“You have to be realistic about it (the players). You have to be realistic about ultimately what is their potential and number two, what is the time frame of them achieving that potential? You really have to understand those two things to help (the development) along.”
Regner continues, and Button discusses Evan Bouchard, Quinn Hughes, Adam Boqvist, Noah Dobson, Brady Tkachuk, Oliver Wahlstrom, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Barrett Hayton’s pluses and minuses.