SAINT JOHN, NB | Shane Wright’s draft year was certainly anything but a long, calm river. Despite everything, the Kingston Frontenacs striker would not change places with anyone.
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The Canadian center has seen his maximum potential amateur status threatened and challenged more than any other player in the past decade. Sometimes praised, sometimes criticized, his game has been dissected from A to Z by various pundits, especially after the Canadian won the lottery and first pick overall.
Afterward, everyone expressed their opinion on Shane Wright.
“It’s definitely not something you can easily ignore. Now that the season is over, my focus is on the draft. However, this is just noise and I have no control over what people say or the different rankings. I am focused on being as ready as possible for the draft. Obviously it comes with pressure, but I want to make the most of the moment, “he said Tuesday night, on the sidelines of the Canadian Hockey League gala during which he won, not surprisingly, the award of the best professional. Hope.
Speaking of rankings, that of TSN journalist Bob McKenzie, published on Tuesday, confirmed what many had been saying for many weeks: Wright’s status as the best hope in the world and the Canadian’s assured choice with the world premiere is in danger.
After conducting a poll of nine NHL scouts, the reporter placed Juraj Slafkovsky in first place after five of them also placed him at the top.
For Wright, nothing changes.
“I don’t pay much attention to the different lists. Ultimately, these are just rankings and that doesn’t mean they will be representative of the draft order. We won’t know until July 7, so I don’t really care. I know they are smart people who put a lot of effort behind these rankings, but they don’t matter to me. “
LIVE THE EXPERIENCE
After being in the spotlight all season – in fact since he was 14 – the big day for Wright is finally approaching. In eight days he will finally know which training he will have the opportunity to start his professional experience.
Even though the last season was tough for him and he had to live with expectations and criticism, he always makes sure he has a good time.
“I enjoy every second. I have the opportunity to practice the sport I love and to live an experience that I dreamed of living as a child. There is nothing I don’t like about this whole process. It can be a bit tiring at times, but I wouldn’t trade places with anyone right now. “
HULTON IS COACH OF THE YEAR
On Tuesday, two QMJHL members left the CHL gala with honors. Charlottetown Islanders manager Jim Hulton won the national team manager of the year award for the first time, while Halifax Mooseheads forward Jordan Dumais won the gentleman.
In Hulton’s case, it was the second consecutive year that he had won the award.
“Our recruiting team is doing a work amazing to identify players with the character. It is an individual honor which should rather be a collective honor. This award goes to the Charlottetown Islanders. “
Last season, the Islanders finished second overall in the QMJHL standings with a record of 48-13-7. They lost in the President Cup final to Shawinigan Cataractes.
In addition, it was Kamloops Blazers forward Logan Stankoven who won the title of most valuable player in the Canadian Hockey League, beating William From the oven, a member of the Saint-Jean Sea Dogs.