NHL Draft: Shane Wright, no unanimous pick

There is no consensus on the identity of the pick of the class in the next NHL draft. According to several recruiters, Shane Wright is not the only horse in the running.

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If there’s one speech that comes up often, it’s that there’s no generational talent for this auction.

“The first choice will be a good player in the NHL, but we’re not talking about an exceptional one,” warned one Western recruiter. We’re not there, we’re not close to Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews or Connor Bedard for 2023.”

Wright earned rare standout status for his OHL debut at age 15 in the 2019-20 season with the Kingston Frontenacs. As a rookie, he had 66 points (39 goals, 27 assists) in just 58 games. He did not play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that paralyzed OJL’s activities.

He thinks he’s the best

At 17, 18 years old since Jan. 5, Wright has shown good pace this season without disrupting anything in his path. He had 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 63 games with Kingston. In 10 games since the start of the playoffs, he has netted twice and added 10 assists for a total of 12 points.

“I think I should be,” Wright replied when asked by a Sportsnet reporter if he should be the first choice. I think I’m the best player and I’ve done a lot to prove that for a long time. »

“I’m a competitive type and I want to be the first choice. I don’t want anyone to take that away from me. »

Wright and the Frontenacs were on action Tuesday night during the NHL draft lottery. Number 51 had two assists in a 6-3 loss to North Bay Battalion. The Frontenacs are now 1:2 behind in this second round.

A complete center

There are always comparisons with a young player. It’s sometimes interesting, but sometimes pointless. In Wright’s case, he is often associated with Patrice Bergeron, four-time Frank Selke Trophy winner and 2011 Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins.

Kent Hughes was Bergeron’s agent. Via video conference after the lottery, CH’s general manager answered a question about Bergeron and Wright’s connections.

“We would be fortunate to design a player who would have an impact on the CH like Patrice has an impact on the Bruins. I don’t know Shane as a person. I look forward to meeting him in Buffalo combined [tests physiques]. »

“I’ve watched him play for the past few years. He plays well from 200 feet, he’s not just offensive. He plays an important role defensively. And we describe him as a team guy. »

Describing Logan Cooley, Hughes said: “Logan is a guy with great skating. I watched him play for two years, he played with my son [Jack] a good chunk of last season [2020-2021]. He has good offensive feeling. His great strength is his speed, but also his vision of the game and his skills. »

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