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.