NHL Project | Wright says he’s ready for the NHL


(Denver) If Shane Wright is finally enlisted by the Canadian, he will not miss opportunities to practice in front of the microphones.

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Guillaume Lefrancois

Guillaume Lefrancois
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Wright and prospective clients Cutter Gauthier, Conor Geekie and Matthew Savoie are in Denver on Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The four players, expected at the start of the 2022 draft, were therefore able to attend the morning training of Avalanche, as well as chat with some players, then, of course, lending themselves to a press scrum.

For Wright, it’s an exercise on top of the dozen interviews he gave Buffalo three weeks ago at the National League Scoring Field.

“It’s really a busy schedule, but it’s exciting,” Wright launched, surrounded by a good twenty or so reporters from all over the hockey world. There was the Buffalo Camp, which had been cleared in the past two years. And here I am in the final for a match. I train, I try to be in the best possible shape. ”

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Shane Wright at the press scrum Saturday morning in Denver

The $ 1000 question

In each of these events, Wright receives a level of attention worthy of an absolute first choice. Furthermore, his press fray took place at the same time as that of poor Cutter Gauthier, who had few fewer friends.

The problem is, we don’t know if it will actually come out first. Slovakian Juraj Slafkovsky, a great winger who turned heads on the international stage this winter, would have seduced, according to various echoes, even the Canadian.

I have my opinion on where I believe I should be drafted. But my opinion doesn’t matter and the decision is up to the Canadian. I would like to be drafted at 1uh degree, but it’s not my decision.

Shane Wright

Wright still had dinner with the Canadiens in Buffalo three weeks ago. “I loved it. I enjoyed getting to know their leaders. They told me about the city, the organization and their vision for the future. They want to build a winning team and I would love to be a part of it, “described the center.

Opinions remain divided among those whose mandate is to pursue these hopes full-time. Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino rated Wright as the best prospect, while The Athletic’s Corey Pronman opted for Slafkovsky instead, despite him sending Wright to Montreal in their mock draft.

Ready to take the leap

Whatever happens, Wright said he is ready to play in the NHL next fall.

“I think I am. But I see that the game is very fast and I will have to adapt to it, and I will work on it this summer in the gym. That is my goal,” he replied.

This Avalanche-Lightning series is also a good laboratory to study the different paths of the best hopes, as there are three players enrolled in the 1uh ranking and a set in the top five.

Best-in-class Steven Stamkos and Nathan MacKinnon both made the leap at the age of 18. In his second season, Stamkos hit the 50-goal mark, while MacKinnon tried for a few years before exploding into his fifth season with 97 points.

Erik Johnson, on the other hand, enlisted in 1uh ranked by St. Louis in 2006, played a season in college and made it to the NHL at 19. Here Makar, 4And Chosen in 2017, he also played two years at university but was dominant when he came to the NHL and won the Calder trophy.

“We were really trying to get Cale to come play with us,” recalled Avalanche manager Jared Bednar after his team’s morning practice. But he wanted to go back to school and we supported him. The idea is not that the player tears and loses confidence. It is important that he feels confident in his abilities and that he is ready to really help you win. It really is case by case. ”

More recently, the first pick from the latest draft, Owen Power, has also opted for school desks for his 18-year-old, and will join the Sabers this fall.

“It depends on the situation,” Wright said. Makar and Power are defenders, while I am a forward, so the transition is different. It really is case by case. It depends on the player and what the team thinks is the way forward. ”

It remains only to know whether the team that will make this decision will be the Montreal Canadiens or the New Jersey Devils.

Aubé-Kubel could miss his turn

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel

The Colorado Avalanche could make a change to the roster for Game 2 of the Finals. Striker Nicolas Aubé-Kubel trained on Saturday morning with reserves, a sign that he could be excluded. Veteran Andrew Cogliano, who participated in a second free practice session with his teammates, could take his place. Cogliano had missed the first duel of the final.


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