Seattle Kraken mock expansion draft


The NHL might be getting a thirty second crew for the 2021-22 season when the Seattle Kraken make their debut. With the NHL Growth Draft just some weeks away, we’re going to try what a possible Kraken roster would possibly appear like on the finish of that enlargement draft. Every crew except for the Vegas Golden Knights (who’re exempt from the enlargement draft this 12 months) will lose one participant until they make some kind of commerce with Seattle and quit further belongings. Although as we noticed within the Vegas enlargement draft, that could be a silly method for some groups.

With our enlargement draft right here we focussed on two issues: Avoiding unhealthy contracts to keep up long-term wage cap flexibility past this season, and expiring contracts and belongings that could possibly be used as commerce chips later this season.

That is the roster we determined to select. 


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The Geese have some extra established gamers that could possibly be uncovered (Adam Henrique, Kevin Shattenkirk) however their contracts usually are not one thing Seattle ought to need to tie themselves all the way down to. Volkov is a pending restricted free agent, excelled in Tampa Bay’s farm system earlier than being traded, and has but to get a serious alternative to shine within the NHL. The expertise is there and a much bigger alternative might result in a breakout efficiency. 


Goalie: Adin Hill (Arizona Coyotes)

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The Coyotes should not have loads of intriguing choices out there outdoors of Hill. He’s a restricted free agent this offseason and has solely performed 49 video games within the NHL, however he has proven some signal of being a strong NHL goalie the previous two seasons with a .915 save share throughout that stretch. He will not be a goalie you construct round, however he would supply some worth as a platoon choice or backup at an affordable worth. And that wage cap flexibility is necessary. 


Defense: Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins)

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One among Boston’s three first-round picks from the 2015 draft, Zboril has probably not established himself as a full-time NHLer. He obtained his first actual look in the course of the 2020-21 season by showing in 42 video games and posting first rate possession numbers in a bottom-pairing function. Ideally, he’s in all probability a depth defenseman, however there’s nonetheless some potential there. 


Forward: Rasmus Asplund (Buffalo Sabres)

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Asplund confirmed some promise in the course of the 2020-21 season Buffalo by scoring seven objectives in 28 video games. That comes out to a 20-goal tempo over 82 video games, and he did it whereas enjoying round 12 minutes per recreation. Granted, loads of that was capturing share pushed (20.8 p.c) and that’s more likely to regress subsequent season, however the Sabres’ possible listing of accessible gamers might be skinny on expertise, and Asplund (assuming he’s unprotected) would in all probability be probably the most intriguing potential choice. 


Defense: Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)

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This may appear outrageous to assume Giordano could be uncovered, however he’s going to be 38 years previous, on an expiring contract, and the Flames have a little bit of a safety crunch. Noah Hanifan, Rasmus Andersson, and Chris Tanev all figured to be protected on protection, and in the event that they need to shield Giordano as a fourth defender they must depart three forwards they need to shield uncovered, nearly guaranteeing they’d lose Mikael Backlund, Dillon Dube, or Andrew Mangiapane. And admittedly, that simply wouldn’t make sense. So Giordano is the decide and turns into a really fascinating commerce asset for Seattle in its first season. 


Forward: Warren Foegele (Carolina Hurricanes)

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One other restricted free agent, but additionally a really helpful participant. Give him a full 82-game season and he’s in all probability going to present you 15 objectives and 35-40 factors with strong defensive play and possession driving capacity. second or third line participant on any crew, and one other participant that needs to be very inexpensive to maintain that wage cap flexibility in place. 


Defense: Riley Stillman  (Chicago Blackhawks)

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The Blackhawks’ finest younger gamers are exempt, and when you get past the apparent protected gamers this simply isn’t a really deep roster or group to select from. Stillman nonetheless has some upside, however it will be a shock if the participant Seattle takes from Chicago even makes the opening night time roster.


Forward: Joonas Donskoi (Colorado Avalanche)

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This might simply be Valeri Nichushkin or Tyson Jost, however each gamers have cheaper/smaller contracts than Donskoi and each additional greenback of wage cap house will assist. That would put them on the protected listing over a participant like Donskoi. The Avalanche must cope with Gabriel Landeskog and Brandon Saad as pending unrestricted free brokers, whereas famous person defenseman Cale Makar unsigned is a restricted free agent. Seattle could be loopy to cross on a participant nearly as good as Donskoi, whereas Colorado creates $4 million in salary-cap house in every of the subsequent two seasons. 


Forward: Gustav Nyquist (Columbus Blue Jackets)

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That is enlargement draft deal territory. I might see a situation right here the place the Blue Jackets throw Seattle a sweetener to take Nyquist’s contract off their books and permit them to guard a youthful, cheaper (and excellent) ahead in Eric Robinson. Columbus was in the same spot in 2017 and traded a first-round decide and William Karlsson to Vegas in an enlargement draft deal as a way to shield Josh Anderson, amongst others. It was one of many trades that helped flip Vegas into an in a single day superpower. 

Nyquist didn’t play in any respect in the course of the 2019-20 season, is 31 years previous, and has two extra years at $5.5 million per season remaining on his contract. When wholesome he’s an excellent participant.  


Goalie: Anton Khudobin (Dallas Stars)

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He’s going to be 35 and coming off of a little bit of a down 12 months, however he’s a strong veteran that may Seattle’s starter from day one and provides it an opportunity on most nights. He’s signed for 2 extra years at $3.3 million per season. 


Defense: Troy Stecher (Detroit Red Wings)

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Seattle wants protection and Stecher is a strong, 4-6 defender that comes with a really low-cost wage cap quantity. Not a game-changer by any means, however the kind of participant that may give 60 strong video games earlier than you flip him for a second-round draft decide on the commerce deadline. He’s probably the most intriguing of a skinny group of Pink Wings gamers to select from. 


Forward: Josh Archibald (Edmonton Oilers)

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When it comes to pure expertise and potential influence taking a giant swing on defenseman Oskar Klefbom (who will virtually actually be left unprotected) could be intriguing, however his contract (two extra years at greater than $4.3 million per season) and well being (he has missed vital time all through his profession and simply missed the complete 2020-21 season resulting from a shoulder harm) could be a considerable danger. So Seattle must decide over Edmonton’s scraps. A defenseman like Caleb Jones does probably not do something to warrant a spot, so Archibald could be an out there choice that Seattle might, once more, dangle as a commerce chip in a while. 


Goalie: Chris Driedger (Florida Panthers)

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Driedger is an unrestricted free agent however Seattle can have a 48-hour window to barter with pending UFA’s which can be eligible for the enlargement draft. Driedger might be one such participant, and it will make loads of sense to try to work out a deal. He could be the most effective goalie out there and, assuming they took Khudobin from Dallas, would give Seattle a viable goaltending duo in its debut season. If Florida didn’t shield Anthony Duclair he could be an intriguing choice right here as effectively. 


Forward: Blake Lizotte (Los Angeles Kings)

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There may be not going to be quite a bit to select from in Los Angeles until you need to take a foul contract for an growing older participant (Dustin Brown, Jonathan Fast) and Seattle shouldn’t be out there for that. In any respect. Lizotte is a depth participant that’s nonetheless pretty younger and a restricted free agent that ought to signal on a budget. 


Defense: Matt Dumba (Minnesota Wild)

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Except the Wild can persuade Ryan Suter to waive his no-move clause or work out a cope with Seattle (they labored out a cope with Vegas, leading to Erik Haula and Alex Tuch going to the Golden Knights) Dumba would appear to be a simple decide for the Kraken. At 27 he nonetheless has some good years in entrance of him, is a legit top-pairing defenseman, and would nonetheless be below contract for 2 extra seasons. 


Defense: Brett Kulak (Montreal Canadiens)

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Montreal might have a few intriguing ahead choices out there in Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron. However Drouin’s availability subsequent season isn’t but identified (he stepped away from the Canadiens for private causes) and Byron’s contract is hefty for what he gives and his age. Kulak has sturdy possession numbers as a depth defenseman and will do effectively in a much bigger function. 


Forward: Viktor Arvidsson (Nashville Predators)

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The Predators will virtually actually need to shield 4 defenders (Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Dante Fabbro) which can depart a few actually good (and costly) forwards on the unprotected listing. Matt Duchene and Arvidsson could possibly be two of them. And whereas the Predators would possibly like to see Seattle take Duchene’s contract off their palms, that will be a horrible concept for Seattle. 

Arvidsson, although, has a way more manageable contract and could possibly be a greater guess to bounce again. He’s nonetheless an incredible possession driver and is coming off a extremely unhealthy capturing share 12 months. If he’s wholesome he could possibly be a big-time participant once more. 


Defense: P.K. Subban (New Jersey Devils)

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For one 12 months Subban turns into the face of the Seattle Kraken. Is he nonetheless an elite participant? No. However he did have a bit of little bit of a rebound in 2020-21 and may nonetheless be very productive. Simply not $9 million towards the cap productive. 

He’s removed from a assure to be protected by the Devils, and whereas the value tag is important it’s only a one-year factor and comes off the books after Seattle’s first season. He is also one other enticing commerce chip later within the 12 months with Seattle being able to retain a few of that cap hit in a commerce. 


Forward: Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders)

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Bellows has rapidly gone from prospect to suspect with the Islanders, however there’s nonetheless some potential right here. He has by no means actually had an opportunity to discover a regular function on a deep crew that has been in two consecutive semifinals, however he might discover a place in a brand new setting with a much bigger alternative. There may be virtually no probability he will get protected given the variety of key gamers the Islanders might want to preserve until they make some kind of a commerce. 


Forward: Colin Blackwell (New York Rangers)

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The Rangers are loaded with younger expertise however their most important items are all exempt, that means they will shield much more of their prime veterans. That leaves Seattle with a skinny group to select from. Blackwell could possibly be a strong depth ahead. Nothing terribly thrilling right here. 


Forward: Chris Tierney (Ottawa Senators)

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Colin White could possibly be an choice, however given his contract, you must make certain he’s going to develop greater than he has and rating greater than he has. That’s removed from a assure. Tierney is a strong middle-six ahead that may assist Seattle within the short-term, whereas additionally being an expiring contract that ought to have some potential commerce worth. 


Forward: Nolan Patrick (Philadelphia Flyers)

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Okay, let’s get daring right here. For numerous causes, Patrick has not developed in Philadelphia the way in which anyone anticipated or hoped. He has handled well being points, missed a complete season, and was a whole non-factor in his return this 12 months. It appears his time with the Flyers is operating out a technique or one other. 

They might shield him in an effort to commerce him, however what’s his worth? And why danger shedding one other vital contributor to guard a commerce asset that won’t carry you an enormous return? For Seattle, it’s all about hoping an opportunity of surroundings and a recent begin for a 23-year-old that was a No. 2 general decide just some years in the past can spark one thing. 


Defense: Marcus Pettersson (Pittsburgh Penguins)

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Forwards Teddy Blueger and Zach Aston-Reese could possibly be choices right here, however for nearly as good as they’re as fourth-liners, they’re nonetheless simply that: Fourth liners. Pettersson is not a star by any means, and his contract is a bit of dear at $4 million for an additional couple of years, however he’s a wonderful second-pair defenseman. The Penguins might use the additional wage cap house so leaving him uncovered could possibly be a viable choice to create that house. 


Forward: Ryan Donato (San Jose Sharks)

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The Sharks anticipated out there listing is one other one that appears prefer it needs to be on the skinny facet when it comes to expertise, however Donato could possibly be a quietly strong pickup for a middle-six ahead function. He ought to rating shut to fifteen objectives over an 82-game season and be a strong all-around participant away from the puck. His underlying numbers are sturdy, and with a much bigger function, he would possibly nonetheless have a bit of extra to present offensively. 


Defense: Vince Dunn (St. Louis Blues)

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Dunn’s title has been talked about in commerce hypothesis for some time now, and he’s lastly going to make his means out of St. Louis. Simply by way of the enlargement draft. He’s a restricted free agent (we have now loads of these on this crew) however he would simply be the most effective of the out there Blues until they left somebody actually surprising uncovered. Nice underlying numbers, good puck transfer, some offensive capacity from the blue line. Good participant that deserves a much bigger function. He would get that function in Seattle. 


Forward: Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning)

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Whether or not they shield seven forwards and three defenders or 4 forwards and 4 defenders the Lightning are going to lose a extremely good participant. That’s simply the value of getting among the best and deepest groups within the league. Gourde has a major contract ($5 million per 12 months for an additional 4 years and he does flip 30 subsequent season, however he’s additionally a extremely good participant. Effectively definitely worth the decide and immediately considered one of Seattle’s prime gamers. 


Defense: Travis Dermott (Toronto Maple Leafs)

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Dermott is an effective participant that also appears to have some upside and could possibly be changed into a viable top-four defender. Not a assure, however attainable. Perhaps Seattle desires to barter with potential unrestricted free agent Zach Hyman to see if they will work one thing out. However that looks as if it will be awfully costly and possibly not a path Seattle desires to take. Dermott looks as if a protected decide with some upside. 


Forward: Zack MacEwen (Vancouver Canucks)

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Assuming Vancouver does not do something outrageous right here and depart a core participant uncovered, this figures to be the worst listing for Seattle to select from. 

Vancouver’s group is solely missing in high quality depth, and its finest gamers are both going to be protected or are exempt. 

This does, nevertheless, appear to be a extremely sturdy commerce risk. Why? Vancouver has a ton of contracts it ought to need to do away with and, fairly frankly, must do away with so it may re-sign core gamers Elias Pettersson or Quinn Hughes. Might Seattle use this as a possibility to accumulate any individual like J.T. Miller? Or tackle a foul contract like Jay Beagle, or Loui Eriksson, or Michael Ferland in return for additionally getting a draft decide or one other prime prospect? That’s what I might be exploring if I’m Seattle. 


Forward: Daniel Sprong (Washington Capitals)

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Not a whole participant by any means, however he has a ton of expertise and ending capacity due to a rocket of a shot. He has 20-25 objective capacity over an 82-game season and remains to be filth low-cost towards the wage cap for the 2021-22 season whereas additionally being a restricted free agent after that. If he’s out there, Seattle ought to snag him. 


Defense: Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets)

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Stanley was a little bit of a shock for the Jets this season and put collectively a strong marketing campaign in his 37 appearances. He needs to be out there given the Jets’ roster and would in all probability the Seattle’s best option from the group. 


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