Evening Notes: Wright, Okposo, Konecny, Kochetkov

It wasn’t the start to his career that many thought it would be Shane Wright. Wright, at times considered the consensus pick in the 2022 draft, slipped to fourth and was selected by the Seattle Kraken. Given Seattle’s continued drive to add more veteran points to the roster and Wright’s level of development, a return to the OHL earlier this season seemed possible, if not likely. Instead, the Kraken chose to keep Wright close. That decision didn’t raise many eyebrows though, instead Seattle’s decision to scrape Wright in most of their games and give him little ice time when they played him has caused some confusion across the league.

tonight on Hockey Night in the Canadian segment 32 Thoughts, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek tried to shed some light on what Seattle may be planning and what fans can expect in the future. As Marek explains, Team Wright needs to make five straight games to a healthy scratch in order to send him on a 14-day condition stint in the AHL (much like the Los Angeles Kings and Brand Clarke just do that). The team attempted this earlier in the season but was suspended after four games for a Jared McCann injury and had to reset the clock, Marek believes. Tonight would be Wright’s fifth straight game to be scratched after the reset, which could allow the forward to be sent to a conditioning stint with the Coachella Valley Firebirds, Seattle’s AHL affiliate, tomorrow, where he has appeared in five AHL games could play before he is recalled December 4th. After that, Seattle has just one game before camp opens for Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, where Seattle could decide to send Wright. This plan isn’t set in stone or even confirmed by Seattle, but interesting logic, as Marek suggests.

  • Also from tonight 32 thoughtsMarek touches the Buffalo Sabers captain Kyle Okposo, who is in the final year of a seven-year, $42 million deal he signed during the 2016 offseason. When the team named him captain just before the start of the season, both sides expressed an interest in continuing the relationship. While that’s true, Marek says neither side is currently in any rush to push through an extension. That doesn’t necessarily mean a new deal to keep Okposo in Buffalo won’t materialize, but could indicate that both sides want to avoid distraction, especially when the team is struggling and tonight’s eighth straight game against the Toronto Maple Leafs loses. or to simply give both sides more clarity about the specific value of Okposo. Once a star in the NHL, Okposo’s production declined significantly during the tenure of this contract, but a recent resurgence has breathed new life into Okposo’s career.
  • Mark also discussed Philadelphia Flyers’ upper body injury forward Travis Konecny. Konecny ​​is believed to have picked up the injury on Thursday and was ruled out of tonight’s game. Losing the league leaders even for one game was bad enough for the Flyers, but Marek says Konecny ​​is likely to be out for a couple of weeks, if not longer. The Flyers, who have exceeded expectations this season, have done so in large part thanks to Konecny’s 19 points in 17 games.
  • Via ESPN Kevin WeeksGoalie for the Carolina Hurricanes Pyotr Kochetkov changed agents. The goaltender is now represented by Gold Star Hockey’s agent Dan Milstein. Milstein manages a number of high-profile NHL players but is perhaps best known for representing a large chunk of the NHL’s Russian players, which now includes the exciting Hurricanes. The 23-year-old has only played five NHL games in his career, including nine in the playoffs, but is in the last year of his entry-level contract.

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