Shane Wright wants to be the first overall pick taken by the Montreal Canadiens in next month’s NHL draft. He also knows it’s not his call.
“I have my own opinion on where I believe I should go, but at the end of the day, it’s out of my control now. What my opinion is, what I say, what I think, it doesn’t matter now. It’s in the hands of Montreal and their management,” Wright said in a meeting with media before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. “Obviously, I’d like to be the first overall pick. But at the end of the day, it’s not my decision.”
The Canadiens hold the first overall pick, having won last month’s draft lottery. Whoever goes first overall, it’ll be an extraordinary moment in Montreal, as the draft is scheduled on July 7 at Bell Centre — the first time since 1985 that the host city also holds the top pick.
Wright has been considered the top prospect in this draft class for several years. He was granted exceptional player status for the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season as a 15-year-old, becoming just the sixth player allowed early entry into the league. Among the others were NHL stars Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs.