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Insider Reveals Shane Wright's Likely Team for Next Season


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David Macintyre
September 8, 2023  (7:10 PM)
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Still in Development

The CHL-NHL agreement may still be in effect until at least 2029, but that hasn't stopped the Seattle Kraken from trying to get Shane Wright to the AHL.
Wright, a former projected first-overall pick who fell to fourth in his draft year and had a chaotic first year with the Kraken, had to be sent back to the OHL after only a handful of games with the big club and a conditioning stint with the AHL's Coachella Valley Firebirds.
Now, Wright — who usually wouldn't be old enough to play in the AHL yet — could be getting an exemption to join the Firebirds and leave junior hockey behind, according to Elliotte Friedman on his 32 Thoughts podcast.
"If he does not make the Kraken, I'm under the impression that the CHL is in agreement that it doesn't make any sense for him to go back there and Wright will go to the [AHL].»

Worth Reconsidering the Rules?

There's a whole other debate to be had about whether the NHL-CHL agreement is antiquated and does more harm than good for the players' development, even if keeping top talent in the OHL, WHL or QMJHL may generate more ticket sales for teams based in small towns.
In Shane Wright's case, it's a positive sign that the CHL also appears to be of the opinion that Wright has nothing left to learn in junior hockey, and is ready to make the next step. Whether he makes the Kraken out of camp remains to be seen, but at least he won't be stuck in a situation he's outgrown.
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Insider Reveals Shane Wright's Likely Team for Next Season

Where should Shane Wright play this season?

Seattle Kraken (NHL)2723.3 %
Coachella Valley Firebirds (AHL)5648.3 %
Windsor Spitfires (OHL)3328.4 %
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