We had seen hundreds of predictions that would lead to the NHL draft, but few of them predicted that Shane Wright would slide to fourth, with the Seattle Kraken.
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Considered the best prospect in his age group for several years, Wright’s star had faded during the season. The closer the auction got, the more Juraj Slafkovsky’s name circulated as a real threat to the Kingston Frontenacs midfielder. Finally, he wasn’t the only one.
“I was recruited by an NHL team that has a lot of potential. I will go to a beautiful city and play in front of passionate fans. Obviously he wants to go out on the front row, but I couldn’t be happier than now, ”said Ontario, who assured he had lived through the fact of seeing three players chosen before him well.
There were several scenarios. One of these, of course, was the one where he would go on stage to the applause of the Bell Center audience, ready to wear the Canadiens jersey.
“Sometimes teams take the player who fits best at home. It is not my decision. […] It is certain that it will give me extra motivation. I’ve never had a problem getting motivated. But it will definitely light an additional fire. “
If he doesn’t want the Canadian, Wright understood his decision better when he made the deal for Kirby Dach, another young right-handed center, with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Kirby Dach is a very talented center and an established player. He did not disappoint me. Montreal believed it was the best decision for them. “
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Martin Brodeur (second from left) and the New Jersey Devils caused an upset by calling Slovak defender Simon Nemec to the second echelon.
Wright probably has only himself to blame for his slip into the draft. During the most recent campaign, he left many recruiters to be desired.
For some, the criticisms were too harsh. For Wright, however, they may be justified. When asked if we had seen his true face this season, he didn’t hesitate a second.
“Not even close, no. This year, I haven’t even come close to my best. I can be so much better and I know I haven’t reached my full potential yet. I still have a lot of work to do. I have faced adversity and am still developing as a player.
For his part, even though his name wasn’t as popular in recent days as Slafkovsky’s and Wright’s, Logan Cooley was also among the potential candidates for the Habs’ all-time first pick.
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American forward Logan Cooley was delighted to be selected by the Arizona Coyotes in third position.
“I was nervous when the people from the Canadiens organization took the stage,” said the American. I had a chance to get out. But I’m really happy to be with the Coyotes [de l’Arizona].