Kraken Winterton and Wright

Kraken Add Shane Wright And Ryan Winterton To Line-Up

Kraken Changes

Following his eight game sampling last autumn before ultimately returning to juniors, Seattle Kraken 2022 4th-overall draft pick Shane Wright returns to the NHL line-up on Thursday night in Denver.

Center Ryan Winterton was also called up from the Coachella Valley Firebirds of the American Hockey League and is expected to play. Apparently his parents are flying in from Toronto to see his NHL debut.

Their appearance was brought about by injuries to Kraken center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and winger Jordan Eberle, who suffered a cut leg in practice on Wednesday. Bellemare was apparently dinged up on Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Kraken have been looking for an offensive spark or two. Who knows, maybe this accidental opportunity will lead to something. There’s no doubt the two young players will be excited and anxious to make an impression.

AHL Work

So far this season Wright has six points in seven AHL games, including four goals. Winterton has notched five points over that same span.

Wright has been considered a top prospect since long before the Kraken selected him in the NHL Draft sixteen months ago. Meanwhile, through discussions with Seattle staff and scouts, Winterton was determined to be one of the club’s top three prospects coming out of this past summer’s Kraken Development Camp.

The 20-year-old, right-shot center bounced back from multiple shoulder injuries in a big way, impressing on the ice and with his overall fitness testing. He was better than a point-a-game player during his time in the Ontario Hockey League, which included a season missed due to the Covid pandemic.

Wright suffered the same development setback.

Now they get a somewhat unexpected chance to make a difference at the NHL level in a game against one of the Western Conference powers. Game on in Denver!

The Kraken at Avalanche will get under way a little after 6 pm pacific.


— Kraken Game Day 14: Trying To Climb An Avalanche

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.
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6 months ago

Oh no, I hadn’t heard that Bellemare would be out too. That sucks. It’s also not going to help the struggling penalty kill get out of its funk. At least, from what I read, Ryan Winterton has been good on the PK for Coachella Valley this year, but there is a big difference between AHL rookie good and ten-year NHL veteran good. But hey, maybe Winterton’s youthful vigor will give the unit some jump.