Shane Wright may have “chip on (his) shoulders” after falling to the No. 4 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, but there was nothing about his “stairdown” of the Montreal Canadiens draft table.
As Wright was greeted by NHL commissioner Gary Bateman after being picked by the Seattle Kraken on Friday, he drew considerable attention to the direction of the Canadiens, who picked first and Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkowski was elected to takeNo. The top-ranked North American skater Wright was previously considered one of the favorites to go.
The 18-year-old Canadian Kendra was asked on Sunday if the look she wore was for the Canadiens.
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“Absolutely not. I was just looking at the cameras in front of me,” said Wright leading up to the broadcast of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners on SportsNet. “To be honest, I don’t really remember going up on stage that much. It was kind of a whirlwind to me. I wasn’t intentionally trying to stare at anyone. I think maybe this video , but there was no intention to stare someone down. Look at the camera one way and their desk was right behind it so I guess it looked like that but no intention behind , No.”
But that doesn’t mean Wright won’t have some extra motivation as he embarks on an NHL career.
” he told reporters on FridayI’ve always been self-motivated, always pushing myself internally, but it definitely gives me a little more fire,”Will give.”
Wright scored 32 goals and 94 points with the Kingston Frontenac of the Ontario Hockey League and got a chance to play the Canadiens on December 6.