Shane Wright on the possibility of being the first overall draft pick by Montreal Canadiens: ‘It’s not my decision’

DENVER – Shane Wright wants to be the first overall pick that the Montreal Canadiens pick up in the NHL draft next month. He also knows it’s not his call.

“I have my own opinion about where I think I should go, but at the end of the day, that’s out of my control right now. What I think, what I say, what I think, doesn’t matter now. It’s not important now,” Wright said in a media interview before the second game. From Saturday’s Stanley Cup Final “In the hands and management of Montreal.” “Obviously, I would like to be the first overall pick. But at the end of the day, that’s not my decision.”

Canadians are the first to get the overall pick, having won a draft lottery last month. Regardless of who goes first overall, it will be an unusual moment in Montreal, where the draft is scheduled for July 7 at the Bell Center — the first time since 1985 that the host city also ranks as the top pick.

Wright was considered the best in the draft category for several years. He earned exceptional player status for the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season when he was 15 years old, becoming only the sixth player to be allowed early entry into the league. Others include NHL stars Conor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But as the draft approached, there was some doubt about Wright’s transition first overall. Not a franchise talent as was the case with McDavid or Auston Matthews. Other exciting players at the top of the list are Slovakian winger Joraj Slavkowski and quarterback Logan Cooley of the US National Development Program.

What was a certain day was a little less so for Wright, with the New Jersey Devils ranked second and the Arizona Coyotes third.

“I will embrace whatever market I’m recruiting into,” Wright said. “It’s the NHL. I’m happy in whatever position I end up in, no matter what team drafts me.”

One thing Wright said he doesn’t do: read the many dummy drafts that were posted before the draft.

“I don’t think much about those. They don’t really… It’s hard to say they don’t matter, because people spend a lot of time on them and there’s a lot of thought process that goes into that. But for me personally, I feel like they don’t care that much. what I do.”

Prospect Matthew Savoy has played against Wright since the two were 12 years old. While Wright plays it cool, Savoy said going first is important to him.

“I think he really wants to be the better choice,” he said. “There was a lot of talk and a lot of speculation. But he is a great player all around. He works hard and plays the right way. Whichever way Montreal goes, it will be a good choice.”

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