|Written by Russ Bitely|
March 2012 – Button has all the tools to be an offensive-defenseman in the NHL with his strong skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting ability. He is very crafty in the opposition’s end but seems to be being developed in the Bruins’ organization in a defense-first mode. He isn’t the biggest guy so his strength needs improvement and opportunity seems short, so his numbers show it.
Fantasy Outlook: C-
Button has great offensive upside and skill set, but lacks strength and opportunity right now to display.
Ryan Button fighting during his major junior days in WHL with Prince Albert Raiders on 10/16/2010:
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Scouting Report: With Duncan Keith all the rage during the 2008-09 playoffs, it's interesting to look back now and wonder how so many teams missed him. After all, it should have been easy to spot Keith's greatest gift - his skating ability - early on. And, indeed, it was. However, prior to jumping to the WHL as a 19/20 year-old, Keith was known primarily for his sound defensive-zone play and general vanilla game. The same can be said right now about Ryan Button. You'll never hear anyone - even opposing fans in enemy rinks - say a bad thing about the kid and you'll never see him endanger himself or others with risky plays, passes and hits. Instead, Button calmly and coolly attends to business in his zone before advancing the puck - something that, like Keith, he is more than capable of doing. Button's numbers may not look like a lot right now, but if your depth on the blueline is thin and all you have are later picks, grab him. He will be a 45-50 point player next year.
Notable Numbers: 50 points is a lot in the Dub for a D, but Button is no stranger to meteoric leaps in production; his 2008-09 point total is 29 higher than it was during his rookie season.
Potential: Elite #3 defender, 8-37-45
Years Away: 3
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2012 22:42|