Who Are the Seattle Kraken & What is the NHL Expansion Draft
The NHL is expanding to 32 teams beginning with the 2021-22 season, as the Seattle Kraken will join the Pacific Division. This brings the sport back to the city whose Metropolitans were the first team awarded the Stanley Cup in 1917.
The 30 other teams in the expansion draft can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie; or they can protect eight skaters and one goaltender. Seattle will select one player from each team — besides Vegas — with the requirements being that they must take at least 14 forwards, nine defenseman and three goalies. It must choose a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2021-22 regular season. The Vegas Golden Knights are exempt as per their original franchise deal agreement with the NHL in 2016. For more details about how the expansion draft works, you may read this article.
Seattle’s Expansion Draft Picks
|ANA||Haydn Fleury, D*||MTL||Cale Fleury, D*|
|ARI||Tyler Pitlick, F*||NSH||Calle Järnkrok|
|BOS||Jérémy Lauzon, D*||NJD||Nathan Bastian*|
|BUF||Will Borgen, D*||NYI||Jordan Eberle, F*|
|CGY||Mark Giordano, D*||NYR||Colin Blackwell, F*|
|CAR||Morgan Geekie, F*||OTT||Joey Daccord, G*|
|CHI||John Quenneville, F*||PHI||Carsen Twarynski, F*|
|COL||Joonas Donskoi, F*||PIT||Brandon Tanev, F*|
|CBJ||Gavin Bayreuther, D*||STL||Vince Dunn, D*|
|DAL||Jamie Oleksiak, D*||SJS||Alexander True, F*|
|DET||Dennis Cholowski, D*||TBL||Yanni Gourde, F*|
|EDM||Adam Larsson, D*||TOR||Jared McCann, F*|
|FLA||Chris Driedger, G*||VAN||Kole Lind, F*|
|LA||Kurtis MacDermid, D*||WSH||Vitek Vanecek, G*|
|MIN||Carson Soucy, D*||WPG||Mason Appleton, F*|
” * ” = This pick is unofficial, but has been reported by reputable hockey insiders.
This is the Expansion Draft protected list that shows who was protected and who was available to be picked.
Probable Seattle Roster
The top 4 forward lines, the top 3 defense pairings, and the top 2 goalies are a part of the NHL starting rosters.
Prospects/players with minimal NHL time/extras:
LD Gavin Bayreuther (CBJ)
LD Haydn Fleury (ANA)
LD Kurtis MacDermid (LAK)
LD Dennis Cholowski (DET)