– Shane Wright –
Don Mills Flyers (GTHL) | Center | Needs Exceptional Status
Burlington, Ontario | January 5, 2004 | 6-foot, 168-pounds
Shane Wright is a dynamic center with game-breaking talent. He is an elite skater with high-end speed and a tremendous sense for the game. As an early 2004-born prospect, Wright will need to attain Exceptional Status from Hockey Canada in order to be deemed eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft. Born just five days after the cutoff for this year’s draft, Wright should have no issue earning the status if he can consistently dominate the GTHL.
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In fact, he proved early and often that he is a head above of the 2003-born draft class at the Toronto Titans Early Bird Tournament. En route to leading Don Mills to the championship, Wright racked up eight goals and a tournament-leading 17 points in eight games. He showcased exemplary talent night in, night out, led by his understanding of the game, incredible creativity, and high-end speed.
- Hockey Sense
Shane Wright immediately catches your eye with an incredible ability to read the game one step ahead of real-time, reading and reacting to take advantage of developing situations. He showcases excellent vision and creativity, sliding the puck through defender’s legs or under their stick, as well as chipping the puck past his opponents and using his speed to retrieve it.
Wright is an agile skater who visibly uses his edges to keep defencemen on their toes. He has strong acceleration as well, needing just a couple steps to break away from opponents. Wright seems to always know where his teammates are positioned on the ice, dishing behind the back and cross-ice passes through traffic onto the tape. He also shows responsibility in backchecking deep into the defensive zone to support his defenders in front of the net and along the wall.
Area of Improvement:
- Shot Power
As a prospect who is likely to be deemed Exceptional, it’s not easy to pick out any weaknesses in Wright’s game. There simply aren’t any. However, if one was to nitpick and draw out an area of improvement, it would likely be Wright’s wrist shot power. While his shot is by no means below-average, it lacks that electric release that catches goaltenders off guard.
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With that said, Wright has the ability to beat goalies clean with a pin-point snap shot. He likes to use a curl-and-drag release to create new shooting angles, often using this technique to play to a goal-per-game rate at the Titans Early Bird. Moving on to the OHL level, Wright would benefit tremendously from adding some power behind his snap shot in order to make him an elite sniper as well as an elite playmaker.
Shane Wright looks like the next great superstar of the OHL. If he can earn Exceptional Status, he will become just the sixth player in CHL history to acquire the honour, following John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, Sean Day, and Joe Veleno.
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With eligibility for the 2019 OHL Draft, Wright would likely be the consensus 1st overall pick at this time. He has no holes to his game and possesses dynamic offensive abilities. Wright has the necessary size and strength to survive an OHL season as a 15-year-old. In the long-run, Wright has to be considered a top prospect for the 2022 NHL Draft as well, with the potential to be a franchise center for one lucky franchise.