“Really important to me” – Shane Wright confident of being No. 1 pick by Montreal Canadiens in 2022 NHL Draft

Shane Wright has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in nine Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playoff games.

Shane Wright
Shane Wright

Young Canadian ice hockey player Shane Wright said he deserves to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft. Earlier, the Montreal Canadiens secured the first overall pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft lottery on Tuesday. On the other hand, the New Jersey Devils have the No. 2 pick, and the Arizona Coyotes have the No. 3 pick.

The Burlington native, who is currently with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters. Wright finished eighth in the OHL with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 63 games this season.

It’s definitely really important to me,” Wright told TSN on Wednesday. “I think that based on all the work this past year and in my past as well, I think that I deserve to be the first overall pick. I deserve to have that honour and I believe that I am the best player in this draft and believe that I should be taken first overall.”

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“See myself as someone who can do a lot of good things right” 

Shane Wright
Shane Wright

Although the 18-year-old Wright is predicted to go No. 1 to the Canadiens as per NHL’s initial mock 2022 NHL Draft, he has been compared to Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron.

“I think Bergeron is a really good comparison for me,” he said. “I really like the way he plays. He’s an elite offensive player, no doubt about that. He can score goals and make plays. But what really gets noticed for him is his defensive play and his ability to play 200 feet and play in all different situations. I think that’s a type of player I see myself as, someone who can do a lot of good things right and can be trusted in a lot of different situations.”

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