If you missed the news, the Jets picked up James Wright today off waivers from the Florida Panthers. Our own prospect expert Kyle Kosior had these thoughts on the Jets’ newest acquisition:
Though never a huge scorer at any level, Wright nevertheless possesses enough offensive skill to be considered a threat with the puck. Possessing a big frame (6’4) and a solid defensive acumen, he can slot in anywhere from lines 2-4 and make a contribution. He may still need to add a little strength (only 196 pounds) but will want to balance any added muscle with the need to retain his speed. Still fairly young (a 1990 birthdate), Wright would figure to be a solid addition to the Jets, especially at centre. He certainly makes them tougher to play against and adds such much needed depth scoring.
It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff uses him. I believe that he could flourish in the right role/environment and could be a good addition to one of the power-play units, especially with his size and reach.