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Larry Wright
Larry Wright
Center
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 8, 1951
Birthplace: Regina, SK, Canada
Drafted: PHI / 1971 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 1st (8th overall)
There are some late-round draft picks who prove the scouts wrong by having prosperous professional NHL careers. Then there are the high-round busts who just never pan out. Larry Wright certainly fits the latter category. A 1st-round selection, 8th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1971 Entry Draft, Wright was the wrong pick as far as the Flyers were concerned.

During Wright'ss final season with the Regina Pats of the Western Junior Hockey League, the Flyers thought his combination of his size and scoring ability would bode well for their NHL needs. Wright scored 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points in 59 games.

It was clear Wright was not ready to immediately crack the big club in 1971-72, so he was sent to the minors where he played for the Richmond Robins of the AHL. In 44 games he accumulated ten goals and 12 assists. In spite of his mediocre production, Wright did suit up for 27 games with the Flyers that year, failing to record a goal and picking up just one assist.

In 1972-73, he equaled his point production of one, doing so in a third the number of games, nine. He missed the majority of 1974-75 with an assortment of injuries and ended up in Oakland, after a May 24th trade with the California Golden Seals which saw Wright, Al MacAdam, and a 1st-round draft pick (Ron Chipperfield) head to the West Coast to join the last-place California Golden Seals. In return, the Flyers obtained Reggie Leach, clearly making amends for their earlier trade gaffe. In two games out West, Wright was held off the scoresheet.

Wright returned to the Flyers in September 1975, signing as a free agent. However, his second tour of duty was no more productive than the first, although he did manage to score a goal in the two games he played.

Wright had one final NHL kick at the can, signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings for the 1977-78 season. He had three goals and six assists, making this his most productive NHL season. In fact it's the only season he ever had more than a single point in one year.

In 106 games, he scored four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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