FrontsFront 2019-20 Season Highlights
Moment One – Shane Wright Draft Selection
As we in the FrontsFront await news from the Ontario Hockey League as to what, if any, remains of the 2019-20 season, I thought I’d look back at some great moments in the Kingston Frontenacs season so far starting with the selection of Shane Wright.
The Wright Stuff
On April 5, 2019, a day before the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the Frontenacs announced the selection of then 15-year-old Shane Wright out of the OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers squad. The selection earned him the Jack Ferguson Award as the number-one overall selection following 2018 winner Quinton Byfield. Wright had just became just the fifth player earning exceptional-status as a underage selection by the Canadian Hockey League not turning 16 until Jan 5, 2020, well into the depths of an OHL season.
The dynamic forward had just completed an outstanding regular-season amassing 150 pts in 72 games before going on to earn 18 points (one shy of Connor McDavid’s tournament record) for the Flyers in the championship run for the OHL Cup.
OT glory for the Don Mills Flyers!
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) March 19, 2019
It’s the Wright time to be at Leons Centre
Officially on April 6, 2019, he became the third number-one overall selection Kingston made in its history. The formerly-named Kingston Raiders selected defencemen Drake Berehowsky in 1988 and Kingston Canadians Bryan Fogarty in 1985 with the top selections. Wright is used to accolades also earning the 2019 GTHL Minor Midget Player of the Year and serving as captain before being taken by the Frontenacs.
With that, no pucks had been dropped and the Frontenacs were already beginning the season with a buzz and “Wrightfully” so. After the local fans had spent the 2018-19 season seeing their team finish last in the standings, it was a great consolation prize for a rebuilding team.
Kingston GM Darren Keily also chose Francesco Arcuri, Wright’s teammate from Don Mills, in an astute selection with Kingston’s second pick. With third-round pick Maddox Callens and fourth-rounder Braden Hache also added to the fold, Kingston will be a team on the rise for the next few seasons.
The Burlington, ON native was entering the OHL at a sturdy 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds already prepared to compete on the scoresheet. But with that size, Wright would be also a player able to cope with the physical aspects of Major-Junior hockey. The two-way game Wright has shown is also years beyond his age.
Number One a Second-Time
The projected number-one pick at the 2022 NHL Draft, Wright looks to follow three of the five previous exceptional status players to follow up with a first-overall pick in the NHL draft. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) in 2014, John Tavares (New York Islanders) in 2007, and Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) in 2015 all were taken as first-overall picks.