Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft Preview

Seattle Kraken
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The Seattle Kraken will take the biggest step toward becoming the NHL’s 32nd Franchise Draft when they draft their roster. This will be the second expansion draft since the early 2000s, with Vegas drafting their team four years ago. A couple of days ago, we had a piece of how the Seattle draft will be more vibrant. However, we will focus on the rules and what Seattle’s roster will look like in this piece. 

We will start with how the roster will be constructed. The additional 30 clubs besides Vegas submitted players that are protected from the Kraken. One option is seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie. The second option is eight defensive players. Any other player than the protected players are available for the Kraken to select. The last rule, which is the most important, is regarding the salary cap. Seattle must be within 60-100 percent of the salary cap setting, which is at $81.5 million.

In an interview with The Athletic last week, Seattle Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke spoke on the freedom given to general manager Ron Francis with regards to the cap,

“If that strategy involves us going to cap in Year 1, he has the authority to do it.”

Tod Leiweke Seattle Kraken CEO

Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft

Seattle has already started building the roster ahead of tonight’s expansion draft. If you do not want potential spoilers for tonight’s draft, I caution you ahead of time.


Seattle had to send their roster to the National Hockey League ahead of tonight’s event. However, one key thing to keep in mind is that though insiders have got the information of the picks. The table below has the expected picks for tonight, but they are not yet official until they are announced in the primetime special on ESPN 2.

Anaheim DucksD Haydn Fleury
Arizona CoyotesF Tyler Pitlick
Boston BruinsD Jeremy Lauzon 
Buffalo SabresWilliam Borgen
Calgary Flames Mark Giordano 
Carolina HurricanesMorgan Geekie
Chicago BlackhawksF John Quenneville
Colorado AvalancheJoonas Donskoi
Columbus Blue JacketsGavin Bayreuther
Dallas StarsJamie Oleksiak 
Detroit Red WingsD  Dennis Cholowski
Edmonton OilersAdam Larsson 
Florida PanthersChris Driedger
Los Angeles KingsD Kurtis MacDermid
Minnesota Wild D Carson Soucy
Montreal Canadians D Cale Fleury
Nashville Predators F Calle Järnkrok
New Jersey Devils F Nathan Bastian
New York Islanders F Jordan Eberle
New York RangersF Colin Blackwell
Ottawa Senators G Joey Daccord
Philadelphia FlyersF Carsen Twarynski
Pittsburgh Penguins F Brandon Tanev
San Jose SharksF Alexander True
St. Louis Blues D Vince Dunn
Tampa Bay LightningF Yanni Gourde
Toronto Maple Leafs F Jared McCann
Vancouver CanucksF Kole Lind
Washington Capitals G Vitek Vanecek
Winnipeg JetsF Mason Appleton
Table of the expectant picks of the Seattle Kraken

Additional Chances For The Kraken To Better The Roster

Beyond tonight’s draft, the Kraken will have a chance to add prospects to the roster over the weekend with the NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, the Kraken will have an opportunity to add to the team during free agency when it opens on July 28th. All of these events are leading up to the opening puck drop at Climate Pledge Arena in October.

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