Kraken Rookie Shane Wright Comments on Lack of Playing Time

When Shane Wright dropped in the NHL entry draft, many around the league wondered why. Was it his interview? The lack of games the past two seasons? His attitude? There was a lot on the table being discussed. The Seattle Kraken didn't care, they were happy for Wright to fall on their laps with at #4. Fast forward to the 2022-23 season and while Wright remains in the NHL, he's not seeing regular playing time, a topic that continues to make headlines in Seattle.

Wright has been scratched for half of the team's games and when he does play, is hardly seeing the ice. Wright met with The Athletic and had this to say about sitting so much:

Of course it's frustrating, not playing. Obviously you want to be in the lineup every night. You want to be that guy, relied on by the coaches. Obviously I want to be here long term," the center continued. "It's definitely the only goal and where I want to be, and I think that I can be here. I think I can improve, prove to the coaches, prove to my teammates, that I belong here. ... So I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I stay here.

The 18-year-old could find himself back in the OHL this season as a loan to the AHL can only be a two-week conditioning stint Wright will likely get loaned to Team Canada's World Junior team. So far he's recorded one assist and one shot on goal in six games.

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