Evening Notes: Wright, Okposo, Konecny, Kochetkov

It hasn’t been the begin to his profession that many thought it could be for Shane Wright. At instances considered the consensus primary total decide within the 2022 draft, Wright slipped to quantity 4, chosen by the Seattle Kraken. Given Seattle’s continued push to construct and add extra veteran scoring to the lineup and the state of Wright’s improvement, a return to the OHL appeared doable, if unlikely, originally of this season. Instead, the Kraken elected to maintain Wright round. That resolution wasn’t what has raised many eyebrows although, as an alternative Seattle’s option to scratch Wright in a majority of their video games and provides him little ice time once they have performed him, has drawn some confusion from across the league.

Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada’s 32 Thoughts phase, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek tried to make clear what Seattle is perhaps planning for and what followers would possibly be capable to count on going ahead. As Marek explains, the group must make Wright a wholesome scratch 5 video games in a row so as to have the ability to ship him on a 14-day conditioning stint within the AHL (very like the Los Angeles Kings and Brandt Clarke are doing proper now). The group tried to do that earlier within the season, however bought lower off after 4 video games because of a Jared McCann damage and wanted to reset the clock, Marek believes. Tonight would mark Wright’s fifth sport in a row scratched after the reset, which might permit for the ahead to be despatched on a conditioning stint tomorrow with the Coachella Valley Firebirds, Seattle’s AHL affiliate, the place he might play in 5 AHL video games earlier than being recalled on December 4th. After that, Seattle has only one sport earlier than camp opens up for Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, the place Seattle might decide to ship Wright. This plan is not set in stone and even confirmed by Seattle, however it’s fascinating logic, as Marek suggests.

  • Also from tonight’s 32 Thoughts, Marek touches on the Buffalo Sabers captain Kyle Okposo, who’s within the ultimate yr of a seven-year, $42MM contract he signed through the 2016 offseason. When the group named him captain simply earlier than the beginning of the season, either side appeared focused on persevering with their relationship with one another. Even if true, Marek says that neither facet is presently in a rush to get an extension performed. That does not essentially imply a brand new deal to maintain Okposo in Buffalo will not occur, however might level to either side desirous to keep away from distraction, particularly because the group struggles, dropping their eighth sport in a row tonight towards the Toronto Maple Leafs, or to easily give either side extra readability on Okposo’s particular worth. Once a star within the NHL, Okposo’s manufacturing dropped off considerably over the lifetime of this contract, however a latest bounce-back has breathed new life into Okposo’s profession.
  • Marek additionally mentioned the upper-body damage to the Philadelphia Flyers ahead Travis Konecny. It’s believed Konecny ​​suffered the damage Thursday and was dominated out of tonight’s sport. Losing their factors chief, even for one sport, was dangerous sufficient for the Flyers, however now in response to Marek, Konecny ​​is predicted to overlook a few weeks, if not longer. The Flyers, who’ve outperformed expectations this season, have performed so largely due to Konecny’s 19 factors in 17 video games.
  • Per ESPN’s Kevin WeekesCarolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov has switched brokers. The netminder will now be represented by agent Dan Milstein of Gold Star Hockey. Milstein manages quite a lot of high-profile NHLers, however is maybe finest recognized for representing a big portion of the NHL’s Russian gamers, which might now embody the thrilling Hurricanes prospect. The 23-year-old has performed in simply 5 NHL video games in his profession, 9 counting the playoffs, however is within the ultimate yr of his entry-level contract.

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