TSN’s Craig Button went on 94 WIP last week and praised Ron Hextall and the Flyers.
Craig Button: You can put me in the cheering fans category. Ron Hextall understands what a winning team looks like. He understands that you don’t just go out and find players very easily. So, he’s taking care of the one part of it through the draft.
You got a star in Giroux, you got a star in Voracek. To finish this, I will say that I think the Flyers will be absolutely contending for a playoff spot next season.
Button, the Director of Player Personnel for the 1999 Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars, has been one of Ivan Provorov’s biggest fans.
The Calgary Flames GM from 2000-2003, Craig Button had Ivan Provorov (#4) higher than Noah Hanifin (#12) in his final draft ranking. Provorov had been top five on his list since early January.
“An elite number one defenseman. There’s a couple of things we know, you cannot acquire number one elite defenseman through trades or through free agency. And, number two, you can’t win without them. So, to me, the Philadelphia Flyers with [their 17th overall pick in 2014 Travis] Sanheim and certainly with Provorov this year, I think they got cornerstone defenseman that are gonna be a big part of their team for years to come.”