The Wright Stuff: Tampa Bay Lightning Rookie Ascends to the Top Line

Posted: 22nd October 2009 by JC De La Torre in NHL
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For 19-year-old James Wright, it's a fantasy world. After being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, the Saskatoon native figured he would be toiling in juniors and the minors for quite some time. He wasn't a scoring force like Steven Stamkos or a large bruiser like Victor Hedman. He was just a kid who played with a tremendous work ethic and tried to max out on every shift. After being drafted, Wright returned to junior and played well for the Giants, scoring 47 points in 71 games in '08. Still, the Lightning figured the young player would need a lot more seasoning before being able to compete on an NHL level. During training camp, Wright shocked the team with his rapid development. While he hadn't developed a scoring touch, Wright p ...

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