Is Shane Wright's experiment at center already over until further notice? Grant McCagg seems to think so

Published October 3, 2022 at 0:03
BY JEFF DROUIN

With training camps already coming to an end in the National Hockey League, the time for big decisions is approaching for the various teams.

It will be very interesting to see what happens with the top-5 prospects drafted in 2022, including Juraj Slafkovsky and a certain Shane Wright.

Let's focus on Shane Wright.

He is having some trouble in the Seattle Kraken camp, his place in the starting lineup is far from being confirmed, let alone as a center.


A position change for Shane Wright?

Former Montreal Canadiens scout Grant McCagg has noted that Wright is struggling mightily right now in the faceoff circle.

Not only did he maintain a very low 22% in the faceoff circle in his team's most recent game, but he posted a 30% CORSI.

What does that mean, a 30% CORSI? It's an advanced statistic that clearly shows Wright has a lot of work to do to become a complete, reliable center on both sides of the ice. His team is dominated when he is on the ice.

In two games, he has won 5 of his 22 faceoffs.

He's obviously still very young, but those numbers tell McCagg that if the Kraken really want to get Shane Wright into the NHL this season, they'll probably have to put him on the wing, along with another center.

So Wright should, temporarily at least, be converted to a winger, according to Grant McCagg.

Do you agree with him?

"[...] Wright is 22% on faceoffs, with a 30% CORSI and has taken two shots on net. He is 5-for-22 (24%) in the faceoff circle in two games. They may need him to play with another center until this improves."

This will be interesting to watch!

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