“Make an impact” – Shane Wright preserved through missed season to be the best player in 2022 NHL Draft

Shane Wright has what it takes to be the best player in the 2022 Draft even after missing an entire season.

Shane Wright
Shane Wright

It is noted that Shane Wright has the confidence to succeed and the perseverance to thrive at any level of hockey and is expected to stand as the best player in the coming 2022 Draft. He was chosen during the OHL draft by the Kingston Frontenacs as the no. 1 player. Soon he got honoured as the Rookie of the Year in the Canadian Hockey League after he had 66 points in 58 games in the 2019-20 season.

But the OHL cancelled their 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus situation. For a player of his status, a missed season wasn’t a good sign. He missed the opportunity to solidify his standing as the best in the 2022 NHL Draft class. He was in 8th in the OHL with 94 points in 63 games including 51 points in his final 32 games. Through his accomplishments so far he has successfully registered himself as one of the top NHL picks.

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Shane Wright ready for the 2022 NHL Draft

Shane Wright ready for 2022 NHL Draft
Shane Wright ready for 2022 NHL Draft

Shane Wright was noted as NO. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s ranking of North American skaters from start to finish, as mentioned on nhl.com. His last game prior to OHL was his participation in the 2021 IIHF World U-18 Championship where he recorded 14 points in 5 games and was the 2nd among all players. Shane’s father noted, “He took to rollerblading, going 12 miles down park paths until he was finally able to get ice time again,”. “Given all that was thrown at him and the world, quite frankly, he did the best he possibly could and absolutely worked his tail off.”

During this time Shane had a lot to think about himself and what more he needed to do to get to where he wanted to be. His desire leads him to be top among the NHL lineup and to win the Stanley Cup. He mentioned, “I’m someone who wants to win every single day”. “My mindset is not to win scoring titles, it’s not to win MVPs, it’s to win Stanley Cups. I believe that the way I play, my competitiveness, and my drive to win is going to help do that.”

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Shane Wright has a clear understanding of how his actions on and off the ice can play a big part in his success, “At the next level, in the NHL, it’s the best of the best so every little mistake you make, every bad play, is going to get exposed,” Wright said. “I feel like I am ready. I feel like I can step in and I want to be a difference-maker. I just don’t want to be a guy that’s kind of cruising along. I want to make sure that I make a difference in that League and for the team that I’m playing for.”

“It’s always been my attitude throughout this year and throughout my life that I want to be the best.”

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