Born: March 26, 1991
6'0, 185 LB, shoots Left
Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, #86 overall by Boston from the Prince Albert Raiders.
Spent three years in the Dub, putting up:
'07-'08: 58 GP, 0-8 = 8 points, 30 PIM
'08-'09: 70 GP, 5-32 = 37 points, 43 PIM
'09-'10: 67 GP, 6-27 = 33 points, 46 PIM
Here is his talent analysis from HF:
The mobile defender was one of the few standouts on Prince Albert's back end in 2008-09 and added another dimension to the Raiders' power play. His skating enables him to jump into the play and get back in time if needed. While his frame is acceptable for the NHL, he may have to add some bulk in order to stand the pounding of bigger, faster bodies in the NHL.
HF also adds that he was a +9 this year on a non-playoff squad, after a combined -35 his first two season in the WHL. Prince Albert missed the playoffs all three years.
As always, Kirk's take is best. Some choice snippets:
Superb skater with high-end four-way mobility; can accelerate rapidly and use his speed to lead the rush. Very good on his edges, with the ability to make tight turns and change direction in an instant. Excellent athleticism; has fluid movement in his hips when pivoting and can handle the most elusive of skaters who attempt to jitterbug, or the fastest of them who will try to use their speed to gain position on the outside.
Tough: will drop the gloves and fight to defend teammates and is pretty effective for a middleweight. One scout I spoke to last year believes that head coach Bruno Campese restricted Button's pugilistic activities because of his role and value to the team, but the lack of quantity in bouts is not due to a reluctance on the player's part.
Humble to a fault; can be very tough on himself when he doesn't play to his and others' expectations. A leader; has the ability to inspire his teammates through his play or in the dressing room, where he is articulate and confident enough to speak up when something needs to be said. Outworked and outperformed higher bantam selections to earn a spot on the Raiders as a WHL rookie three years ago, so he understands that draft position doesn't mean much-- that it is what you do with the opportunities presented that matter most. Will likely go back to junior for one final year, but has a chance to make an extended stay at training camp in Boston and present himself as a legitimate option for the team in 2011.
A year ago, it was looking like Button would be a solid No. 4 in the NHL, but after a very good second half of the 09-10 campaign and his standout camp performance, he has the tools to be a solid No. 3 and possibly even a No. 2 if he continues to develop the offensive side of his game.
I'll try to get some input from his cousin on how he's progressed since he's been drafted, his training, pretty much any additional information.