We had seen hundreds of predictions leading to the NHL Draft, but few predicted that Shane Wright would slip to fourth with the Seattle Kraken
Considered the best prospect in his age group for several years, Wright's star had faded during the season. The closer the auction approached, the more the name of Juraj Slafkovsky circulated as a real threat to the center player of the Kingston Frontenacs. Finally, he was not the only one.
“I was drafted by an NHL team that has a lot of potential. I'm going to a beautiful city and I'll be playing in front of passionate fans. Obviously, you want to come out in the front row, but I couldn't be happier than right now,” said the Ontarian, who assured that he had a good experience of seeing three players be chosen before him.
There were several scenarios. One of them, of course, was the one where he would walk to the stage to the applause of the Bell Center crowd, ready to put on the Canadiens jersey.
“Sometimes teams take the player that fits their home the best. It's not my decision. […] It is certain that it will give me additional motivation. I've never had a problem being motivated. But it will definitely light an additional fire. »
If he doesn't hold a grudge against the Canadian, Wright made his decision more clear when he made the transaction for Kirby Dach, another young right-handed center, with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Kirby Dach is a very talented center and an established player. It didn't disappoint me. Montreal believed it was the best decision for them.
Martin Brodeur (second from left) and the New Jersey Devils caused an upset by calling Slovakian defenseman Simon Nemec to the second echelon.
Wright probably has only him to blame for his slip in the draft. Throughout the most recent campaign, he left many recruiters wanting.
For some, the criticisms were too harsh. For Wright, however, they could be justified. Asked if we had seen his true face this season, he did not hesitate for a second.
“ Not even close, no. This year, I didn't even come close to my best. I can be much better and I know I haven't reached my full potential yet. I still have a lot of work to do. I've faced adversity and I'm still developing as a player.
For his part, even if his name was not as popular in the last days as those of Slafkovsky and Wright, Logan Cooley was also among the potential candidates for the first overall pick by the Habs.
American forward Logan Cooley was happy to have been selected by the Arizona Coyotes in third position.
I was nervous when the people from the Canadiens organization climbed on the stage, said the American. I had a chance to get out there. But I'm really happy to be with the [Arizona] Coyotes.