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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80