Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Wright
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Regina Pat Canadians SMHL
1967-68 Regina Pats WCJHL 60 20 47 67 10 4 1 0 1 0
1968-69 Regina Blues SJHL
1968-69 Regina Pats M-Cup 11 7 10 17 5
1969-70 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 24 11 11 22 8
1970-71 Regina Pats WCJHL 59 24 60 84 43 6 1 3 4 7
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 0 1 1 2 -6
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 44 10 12 22 10
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 0 1 1 4 -3
1972-73 Richmond Robins AHL 61 26 25 51 29 4 1 3 4 2
1973-74 Richmond Robins AHL 52 18 25 43 23
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1974-75 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 14 0 3 3 9 11 1 4 5 2
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1975-76 Richmond Robins AHL 72 28 35 63 38 6 2 3 5 0
1976-77 Dusseldorfer EG W.German 43 30 36 66
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 3 6 9 13 -12
1978-79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 51 6 24 30 17 1 0 1 1 7
NHL Totals 106 4 8 12 19


Traded to California by Philadelphia with Al MacAdam and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Ron Chipperfield) in 1974 Amateur Draft for Reggie Leach, May 24, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, September, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 22, 1977.