Tyler Wright
Position Centre/Right Wing
Shot Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1973-04-06)April 6, 1973,
Kamsack, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1991
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1992 – 2007

Tyler Wright (born April 6, 1973 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in 613 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim scoring 79 goals and 70 assists.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Wright was drafted 12th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. As a junior with the Swift Current Broncos in 1989-90 he scored 32 points as a rookie. In 1990-91, he improved his offensive production, scoring 41 goals and 92 points in 66 games. In the 1991-92 season, he netted 36 goals and 82 points in 63 games.

After being drafted by the Oilers, Wright played parts of two seasons in Edmonton (1992-93 and 1993-94) but ultimately spent most of his time with their farm team, the American Hockey League's Cape Breton Oilers.

On June 22, 1996, Wright was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 7th-round draft pick (Brandon Lafrance) and subsequently played 45 games with the Penguins during the 1996-97 season, registering 2 goals and 2 assists. In 1997-98, he joined the NHL ranks full time and played all 82 games for the Penguins. He helped his team win the Northeast Division title and then made his playoff debut.

In 1998-99, he played 61 regular-season games for the Penguins. The following year he dressed for 50 games and scored 12 goals and 22 points. In the 1999 playoffs, he scored four points in eleven games as the Penguins reached the second round. On April 21, he scored his first career playoff goal against the Washington Capitals.

On June 23, 2000, Wright was selected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft by the newly formed Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first season with his new team, he scored 16 goals and 32 points and developed into an on ice leader for the Blue Jackets.

After four seasons in Columbus, Wright was dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on November 15, 2005, in a deal that saw Sergei Fedorov join the Blue Jackets.

On the international stage, Wright represented Canada at the 1992 and 1993 World Junior Championships. At the 1993 tournament, he was an assistant captain and helped Canada win the gold medal and was a member of Canada's World Championship team in 2002.

Post-playing career[edit | edit source]

In July 2007, Wright rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets' organization in a front office position when he was named Development Coach for the club. His duties include working with prospects and young players throughout the organization, and assisting with the development of prospects within the professional minor leagues, various major junior leagues, and college level.

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Preceded by
Scott Allison
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Martin Rucinsky
Edmonton Oilers first-round draft picks
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