Shane Wright visits the final

Denver | Shane Wright watched the Colorado Avalanche’s morning practice at Paul Arena with Matthew Savoy, Cutter Gauthier and Connor Gecke, three other top prospects for the NHL Draft that takes place in Montreal on July 7-8.

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“I met a few Avalanche players: Bowen Byram, Alex Newhawk and Eric Johnson,” Wright said with a big smile on his face a few hours after the second game of the Finals against Lightning. In the past, I had already crossed paths with Byram and Newhawk. I picked up McKinnon, too, but didn’t want to bother him because he was out of the gym. I left it in his routine. I thought it would be great to see them in the morning training.

He continued, “They found themselves in the Stanley Cup Final, they worked their whole life to get to this stage. They have a chance to win.”

One day, Wright dreamed of following in their footsteps and participating in the big NHL dance. But he still did not know what outfit he would wear.

Not sure

Touted as the future class leader for the 2022 auction for months, the Kingston Frontenacs Center now has a lot of pressure on top. Slovakian winger Juraj Slavkovsky and American player Logan Cooley could take the first stage.

With less than three weeks left, Wright maintained the same rhetoric. He would like to have the honor of being the first choice by the Canadian.

He replied, “I have my own opinion about where I think I should go out.” But I don’t control my destiny. Whatever my opinion, I don’t mind. I leave that in the hands of Montreal. I’d like to become the first public choice, but that’s just not my choice. »

“I think he wants to be the number one pick,” said Savoy, a Winnipeg Ice center who has 90 points in 65 WHL games. We talk about it a lot, and there is a lot of speculation. »

“I’ve known Shane since I was 12 since we played against each other in the Spring Tournaments,” Savoy continued. He is a very good player. It is a complete center. He works hard and plays the right way. I don’t know Montreal’s intentions, but the Canadians will have the opportunity to choose a very good player. »

good dinner

In Buffalo during the (combined) NHL physical exams in early June, Wright met up with Kent Hughes, Jeff Gorton, Nick Bobrov and Martin Lapointe.

“I really enjoyed my dinner with the Canadians,” he said. I was happy to meet the team leaders. I managed to get to know them. They described the city and the organization to me, as well as telling me plans for the future of Canadians. They seek to build a winning franchise. I would like to be a part of it. »

So clever, Wright did not fall into the trap of describing the differences between the Montreal, New Jersey, and Arizona markets, the teams that would follow CH’s selection.

“I will have fun no matter what market I play in,” he said. It’s the NHL. I’d feel like I’m going to the moon just thinking about playing in the NHL. I know there are differences between
Montreal, New Jersey, Arizona, but I don’t mind. I would be happy to become an important player in the organization that molds me. »

And when we say we can talk a lot about numbers, there’s new evidence now. 51 years ago, in 1970, Canadians drafted Jay LaFleur to number one. 51 is Wright’s number in Kingston. “It’s a coincidence,” he said with a laugh. I can not guarantee the alignment of the stars. I find that funny. Little did I know he was 51 years old for Guy LaFleur. »

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