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Shane Wright has one of the best seasons in AHL history for a U-20 player
Shane Wright will always be compared to Juraj Slafkovsky.

They were, after all, two of the top prospects for the 2022 NHL draft and that year, remember, the Habs had the first overall pick.

There was a lot of discussion within the Montreal organization as to which of Wright or Slafkovsky had the potential to become the best player… And we now know the choice made by Kent Hughes.

The Canadian-born player, selected 4th overall by the Seattle Kraken, is currently in his first official pro season, and it’s going well.

In fact, it’s going very well: Wright collected 15 points in his first 17 games of the campaign, and is on his way to becoming one of the most productive players in AHL history for his age.

He’s on track for 61 points, which would put him alongside Patrice Bergeron as the seventh-highest U-20 scorer in a single AHL season.

That’s no mean feat. Especially since he’s received special permission to play in the AHL this season!

As with Juraj Slafkovsky, patience is the name of the game with Shane Wright.

Not every player who arrives in the NHL is ready to perform up to expectations. Sometimes it’s harder to adapt, just as it was for the two main players…

Wright doesn’t seem ready to make the leap to the big leagues just yet. He played three games with the Kraken this season, but that’s because Seattle had injuries.

But to see him being so good in the AHL right now must be a relief to the Kraken organization. Last season wasn’t easy for Wright, and he even earned remarks about being a “flop”…

But then again, if there’s one thing to be learned from all this, it’s to be patient with young players.

Give them time to acclimatize to the North American professional hockey environment.


– Interesting.

– He’s been dominant for two years.

– Jayden Struble is also a baseball player!

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