Kingston Frontenacs’ Shane Wright drafted to NHL
Kingston Frontenac’s Shane Wright is headed to Seattle, having been drafted by the Seattle Kraken as a fourth overall pick in the NHL draft on Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022.
Wright was widely expected to be one of the first picks in the draft.
In 63 regular-season games for the Kingston Frontenacs, Wright totalled 94 points from 32 goals and 62 assists, earning him OHL Third Team All-Star honours.
He ranked second on the team in assists, points and game-winning goals (tied with five), and also ranked in the top 10 in the OHL in scoring (eighth) and assists (sixth). The Frontenacs named Wright Assistant Captain and then Captain of the team, making him the youngest team captain in OHL history.
In his total OHL career, he recorded 160 points (71 goals, 89 assists) in 121 career regular season games after becoming only the sixth player in OHL history to be granted “exceptional status” prior to the 2019-20 season (after John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, Sean Day and Joe Veleno.)
He won CHL Rookie of the Year and the Emms Fmily Award in 2020.
Wright also had 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in five games playing for Canada at the 2021 U18 World Junior Championship en route to winning a gold medal. For his efforts, he was subsequently named a top three player on his team.
Wright also played in two games for Team Canada at the 2022 World Junior Championship before the tournament was shut down due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.