The Seattle Kraken have signed their first pick, fourth overall, from the 2022 draft, centre Shane Wright to a rookie entry-level contract.
WRIGHT 👏 ON 👏 SCHEDULE.
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 13, 2022
Shane Wright Signs With the Seattle Kraken
The Seattle Kraken sign Shane Wright, who scored 32 goals and totalled 94 points for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL in his draft-eligible season. Selected fourth overall by the Kraken, Ron Francis expects big things from the youngster. He sees this as an opportunity to build the franchise. Along with the centre prospect Matty Beniers, things are looking up for the Seattle Kraken. Both players look to make a good impression at camp and jump into the starting lineup come October. Furthermore, with another young player down the middle, in Morgan Geekie, things are looking up for the Kraken.
What This Means for the Future
For Wright, this may end up being a blessing in disguise, being dropped to the fourth pick, and not taken by the historic Montreal Canadiens franchise. Montreal has a good core of young players, and sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Moreover, Wright will get to grow his path, and make Seattle his own franchise. He will get plenty of opportunities. In addition, he will not be fighting for power play time, as if he were in Montreal.
The Seattle Kraken sign Shane Wright gives confidence to the budding star that he is an ideal fit. For example, someone like Jordan Eberle, himself a highly-touted junior star, would be able to provide good guidance for the youngster to kick-start his career. Not to mention, Wright might just be able to return the favour, as someone who could help spark Eberle offensively. Eberle’s 44 points last year, were quite a bit of his career high of 65 back in 2013-14. To sum up, with the addition of Wright, to go along with Beniers, the Seattle Kraken organization under general manager Ron Francis is a team headed in the right direction.
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