Skip to content

Button: Schultz is the No. 1 affiliated prospect in hockey

Dec 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Justin Schultz Getty Images

We’re almost into the season where we start scouting out the 2013 draft class, but what about the players who have been drafted already and are waiting for their shot to make the NHL? TSN’s top scout and former Flames GM Craig Button has a Top-30 list just for them.

At the top of Button’s list is Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz. The former Ducks draft pick and current Oklahoma City Barons star was signed over the summer and currently leads the AHL in points. Button, of course, speaks very highly of the former University of Wisconsin product.

“Justin possesses all of the necessary elements to be a catalyst for what looks to be exciting times ahead for the Edmonton faithful. His combination of excellent skating, passing, thinking, anticipation and the desire to make a difference when it matters most, gives the Oilers a look of a player they have not had since the days of Paul Coffey.”

Schultz has a future Oilers teammate with him in the top five of Button’s rankings in Nail Yakupov. Meanwhile, the top five is rounded out with Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov at No. 2, Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko at No. 3, and Leafs 2012 first-rounder Morgan Rielly fourth.

You can check out the full Top 30 here.

Latest Posts
  1. Marchand was so relieved Boston won, he ‘kissed’ Iginla

    Apr 25, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

    marchandap AP

    Insert “Did he miss Iginla’s head?” jokes.

  2. Video: Sheppard shows hand-eye coordination to even the score for Sharks

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four Getty Images

    Timing of the goal couldn’t have been better for San Jose.

  3. Video: Brad Marchand misses the mark a few times

    Apr 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings Getty Images

    His haters rejoice on Thursday (at least so far).

  4. WATCH LIVE: San Jose Sharks at L.A. Kings

    Apr 24, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three Getty Images

    L.A. looking to stave off elimination.

  5. Selanne brushes off healthy scratch

    Apr 24, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    Teemu Selanne AP

    “No hard feelings.”

  6. Monster of a surprise: Red Wings start Gustavsson over Howard

    Apr 24, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    jonasgustavssonap AP

    It’s due to flu-like symptoms for Detroit’s normal starter.

  7. All signs point to Zetterberg playing for Red Wings in Game 4

    Apr 24, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

    Mike Richards, Henrik Zetterberg AP

    This post will be updated if there’s a late swerve.

  8. WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (Game 4)

    Apr 24, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

    Brad Marchand, Tomas Tatar, Mark Shewchyk, Scot Driscoll AP

    Whether Henrik Zetterberg can go or not.

  9. PHT Extra: Why so many blown leads? Does Fleury have the yips?

    Apr 24, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four Getty Images

    He sure looked yippy last night night in Columbus.

  10. Habs sign NCAA standout Carr to two-year deal

    Apr 24, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    DanielCarr Getty Images

    He led Frozen Four champion Union College in scoring this year.

  11. Linden meets with Neely to talk about…stuff

    Apr 24, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

    Trevor Linden AP

    Jim Benning’s name probably came up.

  12. Flyers recall Laughton, won’t play Game 4

    Apr 24, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

    ScottLaughton Getty Images

    ’12 first-rounder just wrapped another successful season with OHL Oshawa.

  13. Getzlaf’s status for Game 5 is ‘up in the air’

    Apr 24, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Getzlaf, Jordie Benn AP

    He’s listed with an upper-body injury, which may or may not be related to the puck he took in the face in Game 1.

  14. Bylsma rips Penguins, calls effort level ‘troubling’

    Apr 24, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

    Dan Bylsma AP

    “It’s our puck battles. It’s our willingness to play in those areas and make it a tough game. “

Featured video

No lead is safe in the playoffs?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Backes (3281)
  2. M. Duchene (2299)
  3. B. Bishop (2080)
  4. S. Mason (2033)
  5. H. Zetterberg (2006)
  1. T. Oshie (1939)
  2. N. MacKinnon (1902)
  3. T. Bertuzzi (1512)
  4. R. Getzlaf (1478)
  5. B. Seabrook (1423)