Forward Shane Wright of the Seattle Kraken and Juraj Slafkovsky of the Montreal Canadiens
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Juraj Slafkovsky's Recent Emergence Draws Shane Wright's Attention

Published February 23, 2024 at 10:04 PM

After a lackluster freshman year and a slow start to his sophomore season, 2022's first overall pick, Juraj Slafkovsky, has recently exploded onto the scene in an impressive manner. The forward has now etched his name in Montreal Canadiens history, boasting the longest point streak ever recorded by a teenager with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists).

Juraj Slafkovsky's Rise To Stardom Draws Shane Wright's Attention

Juraj Slafkovsky is finally showcasing his talents and justifying his high draft selection. Speaking out on his recent surge, top 5 pick Shane Wright commented on Slafkovsky's remarkable rise.

Shane Wright has a history with Montreal, having been the consensus number one pick in draft rankings. However, on July 7th, the Canadiens opted for the Slovakian sensation instead. Wright's reaction at the Bell Centre, visibly upset and eagerly awaiting his selection, earned him a reputation, with his glare towards the Canadiens table not being well-received.

"His reaction in the stands of the Bell Centre, upset and eagerly waiting to be drafted, gave him a certain reputation as a spoiled child. His glance towards the Canadiens' table was not well received either. Wright, a competitor, had expressed before the draft that he wanted to be the first player selected and that he felt he deserved it." - Nicolas Cloutier

Here's what Shane Wright had to say about Slafkovsky's recent hot streak.

"Slafkovsky is playing very well right now," Wright conceded during a videoconference interview with TVA Sports. "In the last month, he has played some very good hockey in Montreal. Obviously, he is where I want to be. I want to perform in the NHL. My time will come, I hope. I have to believe in the plan." - Wright

Currently, Wright is still in the developmental stage, playing consistently well with the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the Kraken's affiliate team, maintaining an almost point-per-game pace.

The future promises to be an intriguing battle between these two rising stars.

Who do you think will be the better player?
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Juraj Slafkovsky's Recent Emergence Draws Shane Wright's Attention

Who do you think will be the better player?

Slafkovsky28375.5 %
Wright9224.5 %
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