Seattle Kraken Select Shane Wright fourth overall

When the Seattle Kraken arrived in Montreal, they probably didn’t think they would make this choice. Shane Wright is the fourth selection overall and will join the NHL’s newest franchise.

Captain of the Kingston Frontenacs, Wright is coming off a season in which he scored 32 goals and 94 points in 63 games, an impressive tally considering he got off to a slow start after missing the entire 2020-21 campaign when the ‘OHL has canceled the season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It was at the end of 2018 that Wright applied for exceptional CHL status, which would allow him to enter the major junior league a year early. He wouldn’t turn 15 for another month and wouldn’t achieve status for another three months, but there was already momentum building for the young center from Burlington, Ont.

When he was just 13, the NHL’s top player agents had lined up to advise him through the process, knowing there was a potential star in the making. By the time he made his OHL debut in the 2019-20 season, he was already the heavy favorite for the top spot in 2022, and he didn’t disappoint. As a rookie, he not only scored 39 goals in 58 games, slamming the puck past goaltenders from all angles, but Wright was also named Kingston’s alternate captain, the youngest in league history. ‘crew.

The stage was set for him to follow in the footsteps of other exceptional players, including Connor McDavid, John Tavaresand Aaron Ekblad, all of which had been taken to the top of their respective drafts as well. When he got the status, he was comparing himself again at Mathieu Barzal, emphasizing the offensive capabilities of the New York Islanders star. Today it says he prefers to model his game after Patrice Bergeronwith defensive ability and game ranking “details” equally important.

After crashing in Seattle, GM Ron Francis will happily recruit the top prospect and give him the chance to team up with Matty Beniers in the middle to prove these three teams wrong.

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