The Montreal Canadiens have a critical decision on their hands with who to choose at 1st overall in the 2022 NHL Draft, and Shane Wright is confident that, if he is picked, he can help the Canadiens get back to their winning ways.
In a recent sitdown interview with TVA Sports‘ Anthony Martineau, Shane Wright spoke about his desire to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens as of July 7 when general manager Kent Hughes walks up to the podium to make the 1st overall selection. He believes he can help the Montreal Canadiens in their quest to claim a 25th Stanley Cup and didn’t shy away from the work and pressure that come with it.
“If I have the opportunity to play for your team, I’ll give it everything I’ve got,” said Wright when asked to speak directly to the Canadiens faithful. “I want to bring you championships and I’ll do everything to make it happen.”
Wright spoke about his appreciation for current Montreal Canadiens players like Cole Caufield and Brendan Gallagher, who could very well be his future teammates if the Canadiens decide to select him. Wright sees himself fitting in well with the current core of the Montreal Canadiens and spoke about how excited he would be to play with some of their top players.
“Cole Caufield, every center dreams of having a goalscorer like him on their line,” said Wright when talking about who he sees himself playing with on the Canadiens. “Even Brendan Gallagher, for his incredible and contagious passion.”
Wright has faced a lot of criticism over the last few months due to a perceived lack of intensity, something he confirmed would be a priority to improve on this summer. When questioned by Martineau on the subject, Wright described his game as being slower and more methodical than the dynamic speedsters of past drafts, but that he can turn on the jets when the opportunity presents itself.
“People who describe me as a player that’s missing intensity likely don’t understand my style of play,” said Wright in response to the criticism regarding his perceived passive game. “I’m a cerebral and methodical player that chooses his moments to be explosive.”
Shane Wright echoed many of the comments from his previous interview with Montreal Hockey Now, speaking about his desire to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens and contribute to a winning culture. He’s been a winner at almost every level, and, should the Canadiens decide he is the “Best Player Available” in this draft, he would bring that pedigree and leadership to a young and burgeoning core.