It wasn’t the start of his career that many thought it would be for Shane Wright. Sometimes thought to be the number one overall pick in the 2022 draft, Wright fell back to the fourth overall pick, selected by the Seattle Kraken. Given Seattle’s continued push to build and add more veteran targets to the lineup and the state of Wright’s development, a return to the OHL seemed possible, if not likely, at the start of this season. Instead, Team Kraken chose to keep Wright. It wasn’t this decision that caught many by surprise, instead, Seattle’s choice to scratch Wright in the majority of their games and give him little ice time when they played him created some confusion throughout the league.
Tonight Hockey night at section 32 idea in canada, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek tried to highlight what Seattle might be planning and what fans can expect moving forward. As Marek explains, the team needs to get Wright a healthy five-game scratch in a row so they can send him on a 14-day conditioning assignment in the AHL (much like the Los Angeles Kings and Brandt Clark you do now). The team attempted to do so earlier in the season, but was cut short after four games due to an A.J Jared McCann Marek thinks it’s an infection and needs to reset the clock. Tonight will be Wright’s fifth straight game scratched after the reset, which could allow the forward to be sent on cop duty tomorrow with the Coachella Valley Firebirds, Seattle’s AHL affiliate, where he can play in five AHL games before being called up on Dec. 4. Then, Seattle only has one game left before camp opens up to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, as Seattle could choose to send Wright. This plan hasn’t been set in stone or even confirmed by Seattle, but it’s an interesting logic, Marek suggests.
- Also from tonight 32 ideasMarek touches the Buffalo Sabers captain Kyle Okposo, who was in the final year of a seven-year, $42 million contract he signed during the 2016 season. When the team named him captain just before the start of the season, both sides seemed interested in continuing their relationship with one another. Even if that were true, Marek says neither side is currently in a rush to get the extension done. That doesn’t necessarily mean a new deal to keep Okposo in Buffalo won’t happen, but it could indicate a desire for both sides to avoid distraction, especially as the team is struggling, losing its eighth straight game tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, or to give both sides more of a win. Clarity on the specific value of Okposo. Once an NHL star, Okposo’s production has declined dramatically over the decade’s life, but the recent bounce has breathed new life into Okposo’s career.
- Marek Also discussed Upper body injury to the Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konicney. Konicny is believed to have picked up the injury on Thursday and is ruled out of tonight’s game. Missing the points leader, even in a single game, was bad enough for the Flyers, but now according to Marek, Konecny is expected to miss two weeks, if not longer. The Flyers, who have exceeded expectations this season, achieved it largely thanks to Konecny’s 19 points in 17 games.
- per ESPN’s Kevin WeekesCarolina Hurricanes goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov He switched agents. The netminder agent will be representing Gold Star Hockey’s Dan Milstein. Milstein manages a number of high-profile NHLers, but is perhaps best known for representing a large portion of the Russian NHL players, which would now include the exciting Hurricanes prospect. The 23-year-old has played in just five NHL games in his career, nine of which count the playoffs, but he’s in the last year of his prime contract.