Ron Francis Reveals Why Shane Wright Got Sent To The AHL

Published October 9, 2023 at 6:46 PM

Despite making significant strides physically and mentally over the summer, Shane Wright, who found himself caught in a crowded Seattle Kraken roster, will begin this season in the minor leagues. While he showed promise during the preseason, rotating in and out of a fourth-line position, it's clear that he's close but not quite ready for the NHL stage.

Evaluating Wright's progress has been a challenge. His career has been marked by inconsistency, with stints in Seattle, Coachella Valley, the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, and Canada's World Juniors team. This constant movement has prevented him from establishing himself on a single roster. As a result, his shooting skills and vision have improved, but his game still lacks the physicality necessary to make those skills impactful at the NHL level.

Seattle recognizes that Wright has areas of weakness in his game that need improvement before he joins the team. General Manager Ron Francis commented,
"We'd like to see him demand the puck more, handle it, and showcase his abilities when he has it on his stick. While he didn't appear intimidated during training camp and seemed comfortable with our team, there were moments when it was evident that he still had work to do."

For now, the AHL offers the ideal environment for Wright's further development. Seattle is patient and willing to invest in his growth, understanding that he's only 19 years old, and the journey toward NHL readiness is a process. The Kraken organization remains confident in Wright's progress and looks forward to his continued development.

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Ron Francis Reveals Why Shane Wright Got Sent To The AHL

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