Wright says his will to win makes him a No. 1 pick in 2022

Shane Wright said he has a good idea why he should remain the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

“I’m someone who wants to win every day,” Wright said on the latest edition of the “NHL Draft Class” podcast. “I’m someone whose goal is to win and win championships. Whichever team drafts me, we’re going to build a championship. My mindset is not to win goalscoring titles , it’s not winning MVPs, it’s winning Stanley Cups . I believe that my way of playing, my competitiveness and my will to win will help me achieve that.”

The 18-year-old right-handed center (6 feet, 191 pounds), No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting Central North American Skater Midterm Rankings, is 10th in the Ontario Hockey League with 81 points (28 goals, 53 assists) in 55 games with Kingston. He scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

Wright said he doesn’t feel any pressure about his season or his place in the standings.

“I think the most important thing for me is just trying to tune [out the outside noise]said Wright. “Just try not to focus on [being No. 1] too much. It’s not really something I can control or influence, so I just try to go out there and play hockey and do my thing. Obviously the expectations are higher this year with the NHL Draft, but that’s something I’ve had to deal with in the past. »

Wright scored a goal and was named Player of the Game for Team Red in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener, Ont., on March 23.

“NHL Draft Class” co-hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale also provided insight into some players they believe stood out in the top prospect game. That includes Saginaw center Matyas Sapovaliv (6-3, 178), who opened up about his relationship with former NHL forward Jaromir Jagr. Sapovaliv was Jagr’s teammate last season with Kladno in the Czech Extraliga, the Czech Republic’s top professional league, before joining Saginaw this season. Sapovaliv scored 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 61 games in his first season in the OHL.

“He’s like the big boss,” Sapovaliv said of Jagr. “If he was yelling at me or something, sometimes it’s a little scary, but he tried to help me, and I think he taught me so many things.”

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