Shane Wright was none too happy about not being selected 1st overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
The projected No.1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft took a bit of a slide down the ranks to 4th overall, after the Montreal Canadiens opted to select Juraj Slafkovsky at 1st overall. There was going to be a debate right until the end as to whom should have gone 1st overall, but not many expected this. When the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes chose Simon Nemec and Logan Cooley respectively, there was an air of shock in the Bell Centre, and you could see Shane Wright seething in his seat as Logan Cooley was called down to the stage.
When Wright was finally selected at 4th overall by the Seattle Kraken, he was accused of staring down the Montreal Canadiens’ table, which is situated at the very front of the draft floor. Wright later admitted that he was upset and would have a serious chip on his shoulder moving forward due to the perceived snub.
“Yeah, I’ll have a chip on my shoulder for sure,” said Wright when asked how he felt about sliding to 4th overall.
Death stare at the Montreal Canadiens table ☠️pic.twitter.com/JJzVXVUsnY
— Missin Curfew (@MissinCurfew) July 8, 2022
The last time a projected 1st overall pick slid this much was nine years ago at the 2013 NHL Draft where defenceman Seth Jones fell from 1st to 4th overall. Jones had been viewed as the top prospect for most of the 2012-2013 season, but an impressive QMJHL playoff vaulted Nathan MacKinnon in front of the American defenceman, and the rest of the draft unfolded. The Florida Panthers went with the organizational need at center and selected Alexander Barkov at No. 2, while the Tampa Bay Lightning surprised everyone and took Jonathan Drouin at 3rd overall. Jones was finally scooped up by the Nashville Predators at 4th overall, and was equally as angry as Wright was on Thursday night.
It’ll be up to Shane Wright to prove the hockey world was wrong about him, and this can be nothing but more fuel for him to do so.