If it had been up to Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis, forward Shane Wright’s time in junior hockey would have been over.
according to Hockey newsThe CEO reportedly intends to seek an exemption for the 19-year-old who plays in the American Hockey League (AHL) if he fails to establish himself in the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2022-2023.
Pitman Arena has an agreement with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) regarding minor players. They must return to their club in the WHL, OHL, or QMJHL if they do not play in the NHL.
If Wright does not join the Kraken roster after next training camp, he will have to report to the Windsor Spitfires (OHL).
The player selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2022 draft began the 2022-2023 campaign with the Kraken. He had a goal and an assist in eight games with 32H NHL team.
Wright also played five games with the Coachella Valley Firebirds (AHL) in the fall, before participating in the World Junior Hockey Championships with Canada. He was then sent to the OHL, where he was acquired by the Spitfires from the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for two players and seven draft picks.
After eliminating the Spitfires, Wright returned to the Firebirds for the playoffs. He had 9 points in 24 playoff games.
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