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Shane Wrong: Seattle Sends First Round Pick Wright to AHL

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Shane Wrong: Seattle Sends First Round Pick Wright to AHL

The Seattle Kraken have finally made the decision to send 2022 first round pick Shane Wright down to the minors.

The move was officially considered a ‘conditioning loan’ as Wright will join the Coachella Valley Firebirds in the American Hockey League for the foreseeable future, in a move that will get the touted star some playing time.

Having been anticipated by many to be selected first overall, the Burlington, ON. product actually slipped all the way to No. 4, to which Seattle happily selected the former Kingston Frontenacs forward. However, his 2022-23 season may have been better spent back in the Ontario Hockey League, as he really hasn’t done much in his rookie season with the Kraken.

Not that he has really played much either…

In seven games with the club, Wright has one assist. The team has obviously played more than seven times, meaning the youngster has served as a healthy scratch 11 times out of 18 total games – not the kind of stat line early first round picks are excited to record.

“Obviously I want to be here long-term,” Wright previously said about his usage. “It’s definitely the only goal and where I want to be, and I think that I can be here. I think I can improve, prove to the coaches, prove to my teammates that I belong here. This is where I want to be. This is where I believe I can be. So I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I stay here.”

The 18-year-old will likely join the Canadian World Junior team in advance of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship for the annual Christmas festivities, as his participation in game action with the Kraken clearly isn’t a priority at the moment.

Contractually, Wright is able to spend as many as 14 days with Coachella Valley before needing to rejoin his Kraken teammates. That would be negated should he join the Canadian team at camp, halting his NHL obligations.

Putting up 32 goals and 94 points in 63 games in the OHL last year, Wright may have fared better back in Major Junior, but the youthful Kraken will need to sort out their roster following what is expected to be another exciting World Junior tournament.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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