Kraken reassigns first-round pick Shane Wright to AHL affiliate Coachella Valley Firebirds
- Wright, the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, has zero goals and one assist in seven games this season.
- Wright has been a healthy scratch the past five straight games, making him eligible for a maximum two-week conditioning period in the AHL.
- The Kraken are third in the Pacific Division with 23 points this season, second in the Pacific Division NHL.
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Wright, who many thought would be the No. 1 pick in 2022, is headed to the AHL after general manager Ron Francis previously said the 18-year-old would likely spend his entire rookie season in the NHL.
“I don’t want to draw a line in the sand, but I feel like he’s with us for the year,” Francis said. The AthleticPierre LeBrun last month. “It’s just a matter of how things go and how to manage them. … But I think it will be fine. It fits perfectly. He does a lot of good things.”
Prior to being drafted, Wright had earned exceptional status playing for the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL.
What they are saying
Kraken coach Dave Hakstol discussed Wright’s situation at Saturday’s morning skate.
“We talk about Shane and his situation day in and day out,” Hakstol said. “His job is to go out and have a great day’s work. We are well aware that playing and getting playing time is very important, right? The playing time that has come here has been limited, but it has been very valuable. Day after day, we see growth in him and we want to make sure that growth continues.”
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