With the Montreal Canadiens likely to pick the No. 1 pick, the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting has kept Shane Wright’s name at the top of its definitive list of North American skaters going into the upcoming draft.
The famous listing, revealed Thursday, therefore confirms that Wright, an 18-year-old Ontarian who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs, is still listed as a first is selected.
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Until then, the CH will see in a few days, Tuesday, May 10th, whether it can benefit from the lottery. Including the percentage of teams that failed to make the first pick, the Canadian’s odds of earning the coveted pick are 25.5%. The Arizona Coyotes follow with 13.5%.
One thing is for sure, the CH will fish among the top three teams. Among the North American skaters, Logan Cooley trails Wright in Central Scouting’s final standings, while Slovakia’s Juraj Slafkovsky, who excelled at the Beijing Olympics with seven goals in as many games, tops the international table ahead of Finland’s Joakim Kemell.
Completing the North American top five are Cutter Gauthier, Matthew Savoie and Conor Geekie. The highest ranking Quebecer is Nathan Gaucher of the Quebec Remparts in 16th place.
Wright would see himself with the CH
If the Canadian is ever given first pick, it goes without saying that the pressure will be strong to pick Wright.
“I hear that enthusiasm and to be honest Montreal is a special place to play,” revealed Wright when asked about the possibility of joining the Canadians by Le Journal de Québec last March. It would be an amazing place for me and I would be very happy if I had the chance to be part of this organization.”
At the moment, Wright is continuing his Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs with the Frontenacs. Last Sunday, the forward also scored in overtime in Game 6 of a series against the Oshawa Generals to earn his club a place in the second round. Wright and the Frontenacs will now face the North Bay Battalion starting Friday.
In the regular season, Wright had 94 points, including 32 goals, in 63 games.