The third episode of our Devils "Road to the Draft" podcast has been released as host Matt Loughlin and special guest co-host Amanda Stein speak with Devils captain Andy Greene and club Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron.
Greene touched on a wide variety of topics ranging from his thoughts on the team's fortunes moving into next season to life as a family man.
"Just to see everything play out this summer," Greene said when asked about what he thought was the most exciting thing about the off-season. "Winning the draft lottery, you have two guys that are the consensus number one and two, Hughes or Kakko there. See how they play in the World Championships and how they react in certain situations and see how it plays out."
Video: PODCAST | Greene
"Obviously it's tough to forecast what all's going to happen this summer, whether it's the draft, free agency or trades. Once the storylines develop and create their own stories at that point. Like a Jesper Bratt that came in two years ago and did what he's done the last two years. Very exciting time. We've put last year behind, we've learned from it and now we focus on how we improve and how we get better this coming season."
Castron had a lot to say on his thoughts when it comes to both top prospects, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko.
"He's an unbelievable skater, for starters. The way he plays the game with pace with and without the puck is amazing and fun to watch," Castron said about Hughes. "He really does bring fans out of their seats. As a scout, when we're in the rink when he gets on the ice, you know he's on the ice whether he has the puck or not or whether he's circling to get a pass or carrying the puck, he's so dynamic out there."
Video: PODCAST | Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron
The Devils head of amateur scouting was very impressed with Kakko's winning pedigree.
"He's the bigger kid but also very talented. The kid's a winner. He's won at every level. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see them go head-to-head at the Under-18s because he made the Men's National Team and because he won the World Juniors this year and (played the) Under-18s last year, he opted to not play this year."