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Seattle Kraken Expansion Mock Draft

November 25, 2020 fenty33 8 min read
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Seattle Kraken Expansion Mock Draft

November 25, 2020 Jack Fenty 8 min read
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By: Jack Fenty

Today I answer the question every hockey fan has and will be pondering for months leading up to the 2021 NHL expansion draft for the 32nd NHL club, Seattle Kraken. The league’s 13th ever expansion draft is scheduled to take place in June of 2021. The date may change because of a pushed-back NHL season, but there will eventually be a draft. Which players will be on the roster?

Before we get to drafting the players, we have to review the rules…

How Expansion Draft Works

  • All 31 teams must protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie from their roster OR 8 skaters and 1 goalie

When a player is “protected” they cannot be drafted by Seattle

  • The Kraken will select one player from each team
  • The Kraken must select AT LEAST 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, & 3 goalies
  • The Kraken must stay under the league’s salary cap, $81.5M
  • Players who have No Move Clauses (NMC) MUST be protected
  • The Vegas Golden Knights DO NOT participate in the draft
  • 20 players selected must be under contract for the 2021-22 season
  • It is risky to pick a player that is a n upcoming unrestricted free agent

*The selections made today are subject to change pending signings, trades, and which players teams decide to protect. To decide which players each team is protecting I used Cap Friendly’s Seattle Kraken Mock Draft.

Anaheim Ducks

Protected: C Adam Henrique, F Jakob Silfverberg, F Rickard Rakell, F Danton Heinen, C Troy Terry, C Sam Steel, F Sam Steel, D Cam Fowler, D Hampus Lindholm, D Josh Manson, G John Gibson

Seattle Kraken select: Kevin Shattenkirk (RD)

Arizona Coyotes

Protected: F Clayton Keller, F Phil Kessel (NMC), F Nick Schmaltz, F Lawson Crouse, F Christian Fischer, C Christian Dvorak, F Conor Garland, D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (NMC), D Jakob Chychrun, D Kyle Capobianco, G Darcy Kuemper

Seattle Kraken select: John Hayden (C)

Boston Bruins

Protected: C Patrice Bergeron (NMC), F David Pastrnak, F Brad Marchand (NMC), C Charlie Coyle (NMC), F Ondrej Kase, F Craig Smith, F Jake DeBrusk, D Charlie McAvoy, D Matt Grzelcyk, D Brandon Carlo, G Tuukka Rask

Seattle Kraken select: F Anders Bjork (LW)

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Buffalo Sabres

Protected: C Jack Eichel, F Taylor Hall, F Jeff Skinner (NMC), F Sam Reinhart, F Victor Olofsson, F Tage Thompson, C Casey Mittelstadt, D Rasmus Ristolainen, D Henri Jokiharju, D Rasmus Dahlin, G Linus Ullmark

Seattle Kraken select: Colin Miller (RD)

Calgary Flames

Protected: F Matthew Tkachuk, F Johnny Gaudreau, C Sean Monahan, C Mikael Backlund, F Milan Lucic (NMC), F Elias Lindholm, F Andrew Mangiapane, D Mark Giordano, D Noah Hanifin, D Rasmus Andersson, G Jacob Markstrom (NMC)

Seattle Kraken select: Tyler Parson (G)

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Carolina Hurricanes

Protected: C Sebastian Aho, C Jordan Staal (NMC), F Teuvo Teravainen, C Vincent Trocheck, F Warren Foegele, F Andrei Svechnikov, F Nino Niederreiter, D Dougie Hamilton, D Jaccob Slavin, D Brett Pesce, G Petr Mrazek

Seattle Kraken select: Brady Skjei (LD)

Chicago Blackhawks

Protected: F Patrick Kane (NMC), C Jonathan Toews (NMC), F Alex DeBrincat, F Mattias Janmark, C Lucas Wallmark, F Alexander Nylander, C Dylan Strome, D Brent Seabrook (NMC), D Duncan Keith (NMC), D Nikita Zadorov, G Collin Delia

Seattle Kraken select: Calvin de Haan (LD/RD)

Colorado Avalanche

Protected: F Mikko Rantanen, C Nathan MacKinnon, F Gabriel Landeskog, F Brandon Saad, F Andre Burakovsky, C Nazem Kadri, F J.T. Compher, D Erik Johnson (NMC), D Samuel Girard, D Cale Makar, G Philipp Grubauer

Seattle Kraken select: Devon Toews (LD)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Protected: F Cam Atkinson, F Gustav Nyquist, F Nick Foligno, C Max Domi, C Boone Jenner, F Oliver Bjorkstrand, C Pierre-Luc Dubois, D Seth Jones, D Zach Werenski, D Vladislav Gavrikov, G Joonas Korpisalo

Seattle Kraken select: Cliff Pu (RW)

Dallas Stars

Protected: C Tyler Seguin (NMC), F Jamie Benn (NMC), F Alexander Radulov (NMC), C Radek Faksa, C Roope Hintz, F Denis Gurianov, C Jason Dickinson, D Esa Lindell, D John Klingberg, D Miro Heiskanen, G Ben Bishop (NMC)

Seattle Kraken select: Joe Pavelski (RW)

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Detroit Red Wings

Protected: C Dylan Larkin, F Anthony Mantha, F Tyler Bertuzzi, F Robby Fabbri, F Vladislav Namestnikov, F Michael Rasmussen, F Evgeny Svechnikov, D Troy Stecher, D Dennis Cholowski, D Filip Hronek, G Thomas Greiss

Seattle Kraken selected: Gustav Lindstrom (RD)

Edmonton Oilers

Protected: C Connor McDavid, C Leon Draisaitl, C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F Zack Kassian, F Jesse Puljujarvi, F Dominik Kahun, F Kailer Yamamoto, D Darnell Nurse, D Oscar Klefbom, D Ethan Bear, G Mikko Koskinen

Seattle Kraken select: Kyle Turris (C)

Florida Panthers

Protected: F Jonathan Huberdeau (NMC), C Aleksander Barkov, F Patric Hornqvist, F Brett Connolly, F Frank Vatrano, C Alexander Wennberg, F Noel Acciari, D Aaron Ekblad, D Keith Yandle (NMC), D Mackenzie Weegar, G Sergei Bobrovsky (NMC)

Seattle Kraken select: Carter Verhaeghe (C)

Los Angeles Kings

Protected: C Anze Kopitar, F Alex Iafallo, C Adrian Kempe, F Austin Wagner, C Blake Lizotte, C Lias Andersson, F Carl Grundstrom, D Drew Doughty (NMC), D Olli Maatta, D Sean Walker, G Cal Peterson

Seattle Kraken select: Kale Clague (LD)

Minnesota Wild

Protected: F Zach Parise (NMC), F Mats Zuccarello (NMC), F Kevin Fiala, F Jordan Greenway, D Jared Spurgeon, D Ryan Sutter (NMC), D Matt Dumba (NMC), D Jonas Brodin (NMC), G Kaapo Kähkönen

Seattle Kraken select: Victor Rask (C)

Montreal Canadiens

Protected: F Jonathan Drouin, F Josh Anderson, F Tomas Tatar, F Tyler Toffoli, F Brendan Gallagher (NMC), C Phillip Denault, C Jesperi Kotkaniemi, D Shea Weber, D Jeff Petry (NMC), D Joel Edmundson, G Carey Price (NMC)

Seattle Kraken selected: Victor Mete (LD/RD)

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Nashville Predators

Protected: C Matt Duchene, C Ryan Johansen, F Filip Forsberg, F Viktor Arvidsson, D Roman Jose (NMC), D Ryan Ellis, D Mattias Ekholm, D Dante Fabbro, G Juuse Sarros

Seattle Kraken select: Colton Sissons (RW)

New Jersey Devils

Protected: C Nico Hischier, F Kyle Palmieri, F Andreas Johansson, F Miles Wood, F Pavel Zacha, C Nick Merkley, F Jesper Bratt, D Ryan Murray, D Damon Severson, D Will Butcher, G Mackenzie Blackwood

Seattle Kraken select: David Quenneville (RD)

New York Islanders

Protected: F Anders Lee, C Brock Nelson, F Jordan Eberle, C J.G. Pageau, F Josh Bailey, F Anthony Beauvillier, C Mathew Barzal, D Nick Leddy, D Adam Pelech, D Ryan Pulock, G Semyon Varlamov

Seattle Kraken select: Kieffer Bellows (C)

New York Rangers

Protected: F Artemi Panarin (NMC), F Chris Kreider (NMC), C Mika Zibanejad, C Ryan Strome, F Pavel Buchnevich, F Brendan Lemieux, C Filip Chytil, D Jacob Trouba (NMC), D Tony Deangelo, D Ryan Lindgren, G Alexandar Georgiev

Seattle Kraken select: Anthony Greco (RW)

Ottawa Senators

Protected: F Evgeni Dadonov, F Colin White, F Connor Brown, F Chris Tierney, F Brady Tkachuk, C Logan Brown, C Drake Batherson, D Thomas Chabot, D Nikita Zaitsev, D Maxime Lajoie, G Matt Murray

Seattle Kraken select: Austin Watson (RW)

Philadelphia Flyers

Protected: F Claude Giroux (NMC), F Jakub Voracek, C Kevin Hayes (NMC), F Travis Konecny, C Sean Couturier, F Oskar Lindblom, C Nolan Patrick, D Ivan Provorov, D Travis Sanheim, D Philippe Myers, G Carter Hart

Seattle Kraken select: James van Riemsdyk (LW)

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Protected: C Evgeni Malkin (NMC), C Sidney Crosby (NMC), F Jake Guentzel, F Jason Zucker, F Bryan Rust, F Kasperi Kapanen, F Jared McCann, D Kris Letang (NMC), D Brian Dumoulin, D Marcus Pettersson, G Tristan Jarry

Seattle Kraken select: Casey DeSmith (G)

San Jose Sharks

Protected: C Logan Couture, F Evander Kane, F Timo Meier, C Tomas Hertl, F Kevin Leblanc, F Ryan Donato, F Marcus Sorensen, D Erik Karlsson (NMC), D Brent Burns, D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, G Martin Jones

Seattle Kraken select: Stefan Noesen (RW)

St. Louis Blues

Protected: F Vladimir Tarasenko, C Ryan O’Reilly, C Brayden Schenn, F Jaden Schwartz, F David Perron, F Sammy Blais, F Robert Thomas, D Torey Krug, D Colton Parayko, D Vince Dunn, G Jordan Binnington

Seattle Kraken select: Oskar Sundqvist (C)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Protected: F Nikita Kucherov (NMC), C Steven Stamkos (NMC), C Brayden Point, F Ondrej Palat, F Yanni Gourde, C Blake Coleman, F Anthony Cirelli, D Victor Hedman (NMC), D Ryan McDonough, D Mikhail Sergachev, G Andrei Vasilevsky

Seattle Kraken select: Alex Killorn (LW)

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Protected: C Auston Matthews, C John Tavares (NMC), F Mitch Marner, F William Nylander, C Alexander Kerfoot, F Zach Hyman, F Pierre Engvall, D Jake Muzzin, D Morgan Rielly, D T.J. Brodie, G Frederik Andersen

Seattle Kraken select: Joey Anderson (RW)

Vancouver Canucks

Protected: F Brock Boeser, C Bo Horvat, F J.T. Miller, F Tanner Pearson, F Jake Virtanen, C Adam Gaudette, C Elias Pettersson, D Tyler Myers, D Nate Schmidt, D Olli Juolevi, G Thatcher Demko

Seattle Kraken select: Braden Holtby (G)

Washington Capitals

Protected: F Alex Ovechkin, C Niklas Backstrom (NMC), C Evgeny Kuznetsov, F T.J. Oshie, F Tom Wilson, C Lars Eller, F Jakub Vrana, D John Carlson, D Dmitry Orlov, D Brenden Dillon, G Ilya Samsonov

Seattle Kraken select: Garnet Hathaway (LW)

Winnipeg Jets

Protected: F Blake Wheeler (NMC), F Kyle Connor, F Patrik Laine, C Paul Stastny, C Mark Scheifele, F Nikolaj Ehlers, F Jack Roslovic, D Josh Morrisey, D Neal Pionk, D Dylan DeMelo, G Connor Helleybuck

Seattle Kraken select: Bryan Little (C)

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Projected Lineup

Killorn – Little – Pavelski

JVR – Rask – Bjork

J. Hayden – Turris – Sissons

Hathaway – Sundqvist – Watson

DEFENSE

Toews – Miller

Skjei – de Haan

Mete – Shattenkirk

GOALIES

Holtby

DeSmith

Roster Breakdown

Salary: $76.4M / $81.5M

Let me tell ya…It’s not easy to build a roster from scratch. The team I have created has a solid balance of both veteran and young players. The vets in Pavelski, Killorn, Rask, Shattenkirk and Holtby will help push the young-guns, Bjork, Bellows, Mente and Parsons into the next great NHL players.

One thing about this roster is clear; the D core is rock-solid. Former New York Ranger and soon to be former Carolina Hurricane, Brady Skjei, and Devon Toews have the potential to be star defensemen. The bottom two lines on the offensive side need some work, I’m being honest. With $5M in cap space, the Kraken should be able to plug a few holes through free-agency if necessary. Lastly, I love the goalie situation for Seattle. You have your Marc-Andre Fleury for Vegas in Holtby, a solid backup in DeSmith and hopefully your future netminder with Tyler Parsons.

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*It’s time for you to be the judge, how did I do? Drop a COMMENT BELOW with a grade
Jack Fenty

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