Former Habs scout speaks out on Shane Wright's potential

Published January 16, 2022 at 9:54

It's only January 16 and Tricolore fans are already looking forward to the start of the summer season. This time, it won't be the Stanley Cup Final that fans will be watching religiously, but rather the lottery for the first pick of the 2022 auction.

So far, there's no real secret. Kingston Frontenacs center Shane Wright is the top prospect in his draft. However, opinions seem to be divided on his potential.

Grant McCagg, a former member of the Habs scouting staff, says Wright will be a center who can play on one of the top two lines.

At the very least, he becomes a good second center. At best, he becomes a first center who provides good offensive production.

McCagg says we should temper our expectations of Wright, as he probably won't become an elite center in the Bettman League, but he's still a great value to the team that selects him.

Last year, Wright had 66 points in 58 games, which is just over the one point per game mark. His stats are quite similar this year with 30 points in 23 games.

By comparison, McDavid had the same number of points in his first season as a junior. However, he had 99 points in his second season. It should also be noted that McDavid was only 15 years old in his first year with the Erie Otters.

In your opinion, does Shane Wright have the potential to be a top 6 center for the Canadiens in the next few years?
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