2021 Expansion Draft Preview: West Division
Which players will be protected? Which will be exposed? Which decisions will give GMs headaches? Our Seattle expansion draft divisional previews conclude with the West teams. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated So far, I’ve previewed the North, East and Central Division teams for the 2021 expansion draft. You can read those breakdowns here: North DivisionEast DivisionCentral Division The mini previews continue with the West Division.
Seattle cannot buy out players chosen in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season. Current NHL teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie, under the following conditions.
Following those rules, I used the fun and user-friendly Seattle expansion draft tool offered by capfriendly.com. Before picking players, I reviewed the 30 franchises from which Seattle can pick players, and I manually projected the protection schemes for each. I then put my Ron Francis hat on and proceeded through the draft picks.
The expansion draft was once a staid affair in a hotel conference room. But when the Vegas Golden Knights joined the NHL in 2017-18, it was held in conjunction with the NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on the Strip. That showed the expansion draft could be more than the announcement of names, and
Kraken general manager Ron Francis will unveil selections with help from Seattle sports celebrities of the past and present: Sue Bird, Marshawn Lynch, Lenny Wilkens, Jordan Morris, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Bobby Wagner and Kyle Lewis. Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a member of the
Follow along as the NHL's 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, picks its inaugural roster via the expansion draft. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Follow along with Mike Stephens as the NHL's 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, picks its inaugural roster via the expansion draft. For a full list of who is available, click here.
These picks have not officially been announced by the NHL, but has been reported by reputable sources.
Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury, D
How nice of the Kraken to unite the Fleury brothers in Seattle. Fleury is most known for his draft pedigree, having been a seventh overall pick back in 2014, but has carved out a decent little career as an effective bottom-pairing defender who brings versatility in his ability to play his off-side.
Canadiens leave Carey Price unprotected for Seattle expansion draft
The Canadiens have submitted their protected list for the Seattle Kraken expansion draft to the NHL and Carey Price is not on it. General manager Marc Bergevin had the option of protecting seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards or defencemen) and one goalie. He went with the first option and protected goalie Jake Allen instead of Price. The NHL released the expansion draft protected lists on Sunday morning. Price, 33, has five seasons remaining on his eight-year, US$84-million contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $10.5 million.
Jim Bennett/Getty Images. Seattle Kraken mock expansion draft. Posted 1 day ago | By Adam Gretz. The NHL will be getting a 32nd team for the 2021-22 season when the Seattle Kraken make their debut. With the NHL Expansion Draft just a few weeks away, we are going to take a look at what a potential Kraken roster might look like at the end of that expansion draft. Each team with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights (who are exempt from the expansion draft this year) will lose one player unless they make some sort of trade with Seattle and give up additional assets.
The Seattle Kraken will select 30 players during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday at Gas Works Park in Seattle .
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Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick, C
Pitlick represents a trend among the bulk of Seattle's picks thus far: a defensively-minded, bottom-six forward with little offensive upside. The 29-year-old put up just 11 points in 33 games for the Coyotes last season.
Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon, D
Lauzon is a 24-year-old left-shot defenceman who nearly 19 minutes per game for the Bruins last season. He finished with 9 points in 41 games.
Buffalo Sabres: William Borgen, D
A 24-year-old right-shot D, Borgen is a sneaky-good pick from perhaps the weakest unprotected list in the entire league. Borgen has just 14 games of scoreless NHL experience on his resume, but he's shown signs of value in his sparse usage that could be stoked by Seattle's development staff.
Kraken Facing Crucial Expansion Draft Decisions
The available crop of players is known. Now, it's time for Ron Francis to put together the best team he possibly can. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated By Stephen Whyno Ron Francis is on the clock.The Seattle Kraken’s general manager gets to pick 30 players in the expansion draft to build out the roster for the NHL’s 32nd franchise. Those selections get unveiled Wednesday night.
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Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie, C
A familiar face to Kraken GM, Ron Francis, Geekie was a third-round pick of the Hurricanes' when Francis was in charge in 2017. The 23-year-old played only 36 games last season but will likely get a bigger role in the Kraken's lineup moving forward.
Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano, D
A Norris Trophy winner in 2018, Giordano may not be among the NHL's elite defensemen at his current age, but the former-Flames captain is still a remarkably productive player and gives the Kraken some added versatility on their emerging blueline.
Chicago Blackhawks: John Quenneville, C
This was essentially a pass. Kraken tried to minimize cap space and when it came to picking from Chicago, they took a pending UFA with five points in 42 NHL games since turning pro in 2016.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther, D
A surprising pick, to say the least, Bayreuther played just nine games for the Blue Jackets in 2021, scoring a single goal. The 27-year-old logged only 15:23 in average ice time when he did and put up some of the worst underlying numbers in the NHL, albeit in a small sample size.
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Most of the Seattle Kraken ’s selections were leaked to the press after the club sent its choices to NHL headquarters this morning. Here’s what’s been revealed thus far via various media sources: Goaltenders: Chris Driedger (Florida), Vitek Vanecek (Washington), Joey Daccord (Ottawa).
The selections from the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers have yet to be revealed as of this posting. Bear in mind that the names on this list have not been officially announced by the Kraken or the NHL. Those will be made at tonight’s expansion draft.
Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi, RW
Donskoi gives the Kraken a solid middle-six winger to plug into their lineup. The 29-year-old put up an impressive 31 points in 51 games for the Avalanche last season, albeit with some less-than-stellar possession numbers.
Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak, D
Forever known as "Penny's Brother", the elder Oleksiak gives Seattle a hulking, minute-munching defender in their top-four and penalty kill. Oleksiak also brings the experience that the Kraken reportedly covet, having made it to the Stanley Cup Final with the Stars in 2020.
Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski, D
Another defenseman to add to a deep blueline depth chart on Day 1. It'll be interesting to see how the team manages all the defenders going forward. Still some good value in Cholowski.
Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson, D
In Larsson, the Kraken lock up a top-four defender who excels in the defensive side of the game. Larsson won't put up many points, but he's a terrific shutdown defenceman who should help them immensely.
Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger, G
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Driedger is coming off a fantastic 2021 campaign after emerging as the Panthers' most reliable netminder. The 27-year-old's .927 save percentage in 23 games last season, along with his reported $3.3 million cap hit, make him a good piece in what should be a solid Kraken goaltending tandem.
Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid, D
Another surprising pick given the available talent, MacDermid is a 27-year-old depth defender with practically zero offensive ability from a play-driving standpoint. MacDermid could possibly have been chosen to serve as depth for the Kraken's AHL Affiliate.
Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy, D
Yet another defenceman selected by the Kraken, Soucy is a solid depth piece who can add a bit of offensive impact on the odd occasion. The 26-year-old suited up for 50 games for the Wild last season, putting up 17 points.
Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury, D
Not the splashy choice many were hoping for, Cale Fleury is a middling prospect with 41 games of NHL experience under his belt who spent all of last season in the AHL. In 22 games with the Laval Rocket, the 22-year-old scored zero goals and finished with six points.
Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok, C
The name of the game for Jarnkrok is versatility. He can play any forward position to decent results, maxing out as a defensively focused middle-six player with a little offensive pop, but not much.
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New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian, RW
Another surprising pick, given how names like P.K. Subban and Will Butcher were on the board, but Bastian is a 23-year-old winger with 48 games of NHL experience under his belt on a bad team. Could he be in for a breakout year with a better supporting cast and increased role? Who's to say?
New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle, RW
The Islanders made a colossal mistake in protecting the likes of Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck over a far better player in Eberle, and the Kraken made them pay for it. Eberle is a money-in-the-bank 20-goal scorer who seems to elevate his game as the stage gets bigger. A very solid pick.
New York Rangers: Colin Blackwell, C
Blackwell is a solid bottom-six centre with decent underlying numbers and some offensive upside. The 28-year-old scored 22 points in 47 games for the Rangers last season despite only averaging 14 minutes of ice time.
Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord, G
Joining Driedger in the Kraken's crease, Daccord is somewhat of an unknown commodity at the NHL level with just nine total games of experience. He'll likely be a third or fourth option for them when all is said and done.
Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski, LWTwarynski is a 23-year-old middling prospect that, given how Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk were on the board, clearly signals the Kraken's desire to not bog down their cap with onerous contracts.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev, LW
Perhaps that onerous contract comment was spoken a bit too soon. Tanev is an effective bottom-six winger with immense foot speed. He also has four years left on his current deal at $3.5 million per season. Yikes.
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St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn, D
A homerun pick, Dunn is a young top-four defenceman with good underlying numbers and some offensive pop. After falling out of favour in St. Louis for some reason, the 24-year-old has a prime opportunity to become a key contributor for the Kraken for years to come.
San Jose Sharks: Alexander True, C
True is yet another defensively-minded, bottom-six forward to add to the Kraken's absorbent collection. The 24-year-old has 19 games of total NHL experience under his belt, during he's scored 5 points.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde, C
Perhaps the best pick of the entire draft, Gourde is a versatile top-six centre who brings value on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. The 29-year-old is coming off back-to-back Stanley Cups in Tampa, which should jive pretty well with the Kraken's insistence on experience.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann, C
Toronto fans should be appalled at how this played out. McCann is an extremely effective middle-six forward who can play both centre and the wing. The 25-year-old is signed at an incredibly reasonable rate for this season and should be able to fill whichever role the Kraken need him to swimmingly.
Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, RW
Lind is somewhat of an intriguing prospect. At just 22 years old, the former-second round pick has put up surprisingly good numbers for Vancouver's AHL affiliate, earning himself a seven-game stint with the Canucks in 2019-20.
Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek, G
Barring any future free agent signings at the position, Vanecek will likely serve as the 1B to Chris Driedger's 1A in the Kraken crease. The 25-year-old made his NHL debut for the Capitals last season, finishing with a .908 save percentage in 37 games.
Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton, CGiven the Jets' protected list, the Kraken were guaranteed to pry an effective player away from Winnipeg. Appleton is an effective bottom-six forward, putting up 25 points in 56 games last season despite only averaging a smidge over 14 minutes of ice time per game. Perhaps a bigger role could help.
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