Now that the 2022 National Hockey League lottery is behind us, now that the Montreal Canadiens have secured the first pick, you can guess that speculation is running rampant in the media.
Will we see Shane Wright in a Montreal Canadiens uniform next season?
If we consider that he will be the choice of Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton, yes, most likely. As many observers have pointed out, including Max Truman (DansLesCoulisses.com), Wright will not be able to play in the AHL next season.
It will be either the OHL or the NHL for Shane Wright in 2022-23, and if the past is any indication, he will be in the NHL.
Over the past 15 seasons, the first overall pick in the draft has always played in the NHL the season after he was selected. (except once)
Only Owen Power
, last year, did not start his post-draft season in the NHL (and we are talking about exceptional circumstances)
According to the best experts, like Darren Dreger (TSN), we should expect to see Wright in the NHL next October. Especially since number 51 already has two full seasons behind the tie in the Ontario Junior League due to his exceptional player status.
He played as a 15-year-old and dominated.
Then there's Marco D'Amico, Canadiens reporter for Montreal Hockey Now
, who believes the best option is for Wright to make the jump to the National League immediately.
Wright, who is a very similar player to Nick Suzuki
, will obviously have the support of guys like Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St-Louis. This will be major for his transition and development. (as it was for Suzuki)
According to the information that is circulating, we can think that Shane Wright will indeed wear the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens, as soon as next October.
The next question is: will he represent Team Canada Junior, at the next World Junior Hockey Championship, which will start next August? It seems less certain!
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