NHL Network and TSN analyst Craig Button believes one of the biggest mistakes a general manager can make at the draft is underestimating the value of smaller players.

"You have to have the courage to be right," Button told NHL.com. "Knowing you could be wrong but having the courage to be right is the way to go. The majority of mistakes made at the draft are based on overestimating the bigger players and underestimating the smaller guys."

For seven seasons, Button served as the director of scouting for the Dallas Stars, and then two seasons as the director of player personnel with the organization. He went on to serve as vice president and general manager of the Calgary Flames from 2000-01 through 2002-03, and was also a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004.

As a respected authority on the draft, Button took some time to provide NHL.com with some insight into the latest storylines on the road to the 2013 NHL Draft.

For starters, despite all the deserved hype surrounding Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin this season, Button is convinced that Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones should be the top choice. Jones is rated No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, followed by No. 2 Nathan MacKinnon of Halifax and No. 3 Drouin.

"I still have a bold line under Seth Jones at the top of my list because he is the most unique defenseman I've seen since Chris Pronger," Button said. "I'm not saying he's Chris Pronger, but he's that type of defenseman who can control the game."

While he might not overtake Jones as the No. 1 choice, Drouin has been closing the gap on MacKinnon as the top North American forward on the board.

"Drouin's hockey intelligence is off the charts … there is nobody smarter than this guy," Button said. "The thing you have to remember is that if you want to vault players up and knock some down based on very small sample sizes, your chances of making mistakes [as a scout] have increased exponentially."

Still, the 5-foot-10.75, 185-pound Drouin, who currently is on a 24-game point-scoring streak and leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 94 points, is tough to ignore.

"It might be easier for Jonathan to play in the NHL where the players are better, smarter and where the level of play is much quicker," Button said. "Those types of players around him will make him even better.