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Shane Wright: even at 19, he could be playing in the AHL full-time in 2023-24
Credit: Dec 6, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken center Shane Wright (51) celebrates scoring his first NHL career goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Shane Wright had an eventful last season. He first played a few games in the NHL before being left out and playing a few games in the AHL. He returned in time to score his first goal against the CH before going on to help Team Canada Junior win the gold medal. He finished the carousel in the OHL.

The Kraken’s general manager seems to have had enough and would like to assign Wright full-time in the AHL this season. The Sound of Hockey reporter, who covers the Kraken’s activities, believes he will play in Coachella Valley and that confirmation of his eligibility should be announced.

The problem is that he’s not currently eligible, as he’s still 19. The general manager is working on an exemption that would allow him to play in the AHL.

His file is quite special. He obtained an exceptional authorization to play in the OHL at age 15. Then he lost a full year due to COVID-19. Finally, with his junior team eliminated in the first round, he played only 24 games in the Ontario Junior League. He would have needed 25 to be eligible.

Could the lost year count as a year played and allow Ron Francis to seek an OHL exemption? To be continued.

I understand the Kraken’s general manager, because Wright has already demonstrated that he can be successful at junior level. He doesn’t seem to be ready for the NHL, so the AHL seems like a perfect league for his development.

In brief

– A fine career.

– Skateboard news.

– Excellent news.

– He’s just played an entire final.

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