Clearly the Canadians are using all their resources to make the right choice in 1st placeah draft rank.
Posted at 2:08 p.m
Shane Wright said Wednesday he spoke to Habs head coach Martin St-Louis.
The call, which took place ten days ago, was obviously not trivial as they spoke for more than half an hour. Wright, ranked as the top prospect in North America by the National League’s Central Scouting, has been impressed with who could become his coach this fall.
“It was positive. Martin is so smart as a coach, he was a smart player and he is a smart coach. There are good young people and I want to be part of what this organization is building,” Wright said Wednesday morning on the sidelines of a promotion on ice at the CH training center.
Six hopefuls took part in this activity, including winger Juraj Slafkovsky and center Logan Cooley, the other two names named as 1ah Series Thursday.
The strategy obviously differs from one hope to another. Slafkovsky, he hasn’t spoken to any of the Canadian’s staff since the Buffalo evaluation camp, but he’s entitled to a last-hour meeting on Thursday, the day of the first round.
“I was supposed to meet her yesterday, he explained, but the plane was late. There are many things on the agenda today, so we will meet tomorrow, I don’t know who will be there. »
Specially to have another meetup on the day of the hope run? “I don’t know, but I like it! ‘ he started with his big smile.
Cooley, meanwhile, said he didn’t receive a call from St. Louis and has no scheduled meeting in Montreal this week.
For Wright, this call from St. Louis comes in addition to a call from Vincent Lecavalier that occurred early last week. Lecavalier spoke about this conversation in a press conference on Monday.
Wright clearly appreciated the initiative.
“I see that they are doing their homework, they want to know what I am as a player,” said the number 51. He spoke about his experiences. It was different with him, he went to Tampa, which was a small market at the time.
“It was an incredible conversation. It was something special to talk to him. We talked about his experiences. As a former first choice, he understands what I’ve been through this year and the past few months. »
For his part, Slafkovsky once again used his – already – legendary sense of humor to avoid awkward questions.
Last month the Slovakian told us in Buffalo that he would see himself well in Montreal, alongside Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki. “That would make a pretty crazy trio [a pretty sick line]. I think I’m the tallest of the three. They need someone bigger to get the pucks. And they are really skill players. That would be a good combination! ‘ he replied to us.
On Wednesday, however, the day’s six hopefuls joined Jonathan Drouin… and Suzuki on the ice at Brossard for an activity involving young hockey players. So how was the conversation with CH number 14?
“It was fun. I put myself next to him on purpose so the papers could write a story,” he joked.