Shane Wright had a long look for the teams that passed on him at the 2022 NHL Draft. Now he’s on the short list as an early favorite to win the Calder Trophy.
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) July 8, 2022
The early talk on draft night was not only Wright falling to the Seattle Kraken at number four, but later whether the three teams that passed will regret it later.
Montreal Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy writes that while there is no clear-cut favorite, Wright has the early lead clocking in at +850 whereas Slafkovsky is at +1000. Murphy adds that Mason McTavish and Owen Power follow with +400 odds. McTavish might be a dark horse in the race, seeing his stock continue to rise after his performance in the World Junior Championships.
Meanwhile, Red Wings rookie defenseman Simon Edvinsson was listed at +1500. Interestingly, last year preseason odds according to the Sporting News had Moritz Seider at +1200. Cole Caufield was the favorite at +300.
So it’s fair to ask: will Wright still be the right bet at the end of the season?
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