Controversial Announcement Regarding Shane Wright

Published September 27, 2023 at 12:21

The Seattle Kraken face a pivotal decision regarding the development of Shane Wright. After experiencing stints in the NHL, American Hockey League (AHL), World Juniors, and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the consensus points to Wright spending a significant part of the season in one place to nurture his pro-level skills. While the notion of having him on the Kraken's opening night roster is tempting, starting in the AHL may serve his development better.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reported that despite not meeting the CHL-NHL Transfer Agreement's threshold, Wright has been granted AHL eligibility. This development is advantageous for Seattle, ensuring that whether he makes the NHL roster or not, he will gain valuable pro-level experience, aligning with the Kraken's playing style for a smoother transition.

While some anticipate Wright's NHL readiness in the near future, a season in the AHL to adapt to the pace and skill level of the professional game has its merits. Notable players like Jason Spezza, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Adam Larsson, all high draft picks, spent time in the AHL early in their careers, ultimately achieving success. Starting in the minors could alleviate the pressure on the young center.

Additionally, the NHL roster currently presents limited opportunities for Wright due to the team's depth in every position. With players like Kailer Yamamoto, Pierre-Édouard Bellemare, and André Burakovsky returning, the path for young players is obstructed. Starting Wright on the fourth line is unlikely, leading to concerns about limited ice time and consistent scratching, potentially hindering his development.

In summary, starting Shane Wright in the AHL benefits both the player and the organization. It eases the pressure on him and allows Seattle to assess his development progress. If deemed ready mid-season, he can be called up, or if more seasoning is required, he can continue with the Coachella Valley Firebirds under the guidance of head coach Dan Bylsma. Despite the allure of an early NHL start, beginning in the AHL with the Firebirds appears to be the right decision.

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Controversial Announcement Regarding Shane Wright

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