DENVER | Shane Wright attended the Colorado Avalanche morning practice at the Ball Arena alongside Matthew Savoie, Cutter Gauthier and Conor Geekie, three other top prospects for the NHL Draft which will take place in Montreal from July 7-8.
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“I met some Avalanche players: Bowen Byram, Alex Newhook and Erik Johnson,” said Wright with a big smile on his face just hours into the second game of the Finals against the Lightning. In the past I had already crossed paths with Byram and Newhook. I also said hello to MacKinnon, but didn’t want to bother him as he was in the gym. I left it in his routine. I thought it was cool to see them for morning training.
“They are in the Stanley Cup final, they have worked all their lives to reach this stage,” he continued. They have the opportunity to win. “
Someday, Wright would dream of following in their footsteps and attending the NHL grand ball. But he still doesn’t know which uniform he will wear.
Not a certainty
Described as the future class leader of the 2022 auction for several months, the Kingston Frontenacs center now has a lot of pressure for the summit. Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovsky and American center Logan Cooley could also take the stage first.
With less than three weeks left, Wright kept the same rhetoric. She would like to earn the honor of being the Canadian’s first choice.
“I have my own opinion of where I think I should go out,” he replied. But I don’t control my fate. Whatever my opinion, I don’t mind. I leave it in the hands of Montreal. I would like to become the absolute first choice, but it’s not just my choice. “
“I think he wants to be the first choice,” said Savoie, a Winnipeg Ice center who has 90 points in 65 WHL games. We talk about it a lot, there is a lot of speculation. “
“I’ve known Shane since I was 12 since we played against each other in tournaments in the spring,” continued Savoie. He is a very good player. He is a complete center. He works hard and plays right. I don’t know Montreal’s intentions, but the Canadiens will have the opportunity to catch a very good player. ”
A good dinner
In Buffalo during NHL physical practice (combined) in early June, Wright met with Kent Hughes, Jeff Gorton, Nick Bobrov, and Martin Lapointe.
“I really enjoyed my dinner with the Canadiens,” he said. I was happy to meet the foremen. I got to know them. They described the city and the organization to me, as well as telling me about the plans for the future of the Canadiens. They try to build a winning franchise. I would like to be part of it. “
Very clever, Wright did not fall into the trap of describing the differences between the markets of Montreal, New Jersey and Arizona, the teams that will follow CH’s choice.
“I will enjoy myself no matter what market I play in,” he said. It’s the NHL. I’ll feel like I’m reaching for the moon just thinking about playing in the NHL. I know there are differences between
Montreal, New Jersey and Arizona, but I don’t mind. I will be happy to become an important player for the organization that enlists me. “
And when we say we can talk a lot about numbers, now there is new proof. 51 years ago, in 1970, the Canadiens enlisted Guy Lafleur in first place. 51 is Wright’s number in Kingston. “It’s a coincidence,” he said with a laugh. I cannot guarantee that the stars are aligned. I find it funny. I didn’t know it was 51 years for Guy Lafleur. “