As sunny Seattle is shown off to a national audience, Kraken opts for substance in NHL expansion draft


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What time is the Kraken expansion draft?

The Kraken expansion draft is set for 5 p.m. PT at Seattle's Gas Works Park, which sits at the north end of Lake Union in the middle of the city. The AthleticNHL Expansion Draft: Live mocks, picks, predictions, start time, leaks as Seattle Kraken add to their roster

Who did Seattle Kraken take?

Updated 3 hours ago. It was reported earlier on Wednesday that the Seattle Kraken had selected Chicago Blackhawks forward John Quenneville in the NHL expansion draft, but that move was made official during the league's selection show. NBC ChicagoAnalysis: Why Did the Seattle Kraken Take John Quenneville From the Blackhawks?

How does the Seattle Kraken draft work?

During the 90-minute televised event, Seattle will pick one player from each franchise, excluding the Golden Knights, to form its 2021-22 roster. By rule, the Kraken will draft at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. ... And any player selected cannot have his contract bought out until next summer. The Washington PostHow the Seattle Kraken expansion draft will work; Carey Price, Gabriel Landeskog among unprotected

When is the NHL Draft 2021?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions, meaning the offseason can officially begin. The Seattle Expansion Draft is underway and the new team will have their roster announced on Wednesday, July 21st. Once that's done, the 2021 NHL Draft will get underway on July 23rd and 24th. Pension Plan Puppets2021 NHL Draft Order: all seven rounds and where the Leafs pick

Kraken roster begins to take shape with reported signings

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According to several sources, Adam Larsson, Chris Driedger, and Jamie Oleksiak will be part of the initial Kraken roster.

Francis has two spots on his blue line taken with Larsson, who spent the past five seasons with the Oilers, on a four-year, $16M contract (per Darren Dreger), and Oleksiak, now a former member of the Stars (per Frank Seravalli).

We’ll see how the Kraken crease shapes up and if Francis does indeed take Carey Price, but in the meantime Chris Driedger will be a fine addition, according to Elliotte Friedman. The goaltender who broke out with the Panthers in 2020-21 is expected to sign a three-year, $10.5M deal.

All three players will count as selections for their former teams. Francis will need to create a roster featuring at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.

The Kraken had a 10 a.m. ET Wednesday deadline to submit their 30 expansion draft selections ahead of the big reveal.

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Expansion Draft Preview: Which Red Wings Player will Seattle Take?

Octopus Thrower 21 July, 2021 - 06:47am

Mar 11, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) and defenseman Troy Stecher (70) celebrate after the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings are one of 31 other teams tonight that will have a player taken from their roster. Just which player that will end up being is the only question remaining when the Seattle Kraken are set to draft their team tonight at 8pm EST on ESPN 2.

Could Steve Yzerman possibly make deals to help teams? The roster freeze ends at 1pm tomorrow and it could bring an onslaught of deals as teams ponder their next move with the draft approaching.

Hanging over all of this is the news that Jonathan Bernier will be testing free agency, leaving a hole in Detroit’s goalie tandem should he sign elsewhere.

Which again begs the question–might Yzerman make a deal or a two in order to shore things up? Or, could it be a sign that they could go goalie in the draft after all?

Leave the speculation aside for a moment to key in on the names that could be members of the Seattle Kraken.

The usual four, as covered earlier in the week by Alex are Vladislav Namestnikov, Dennis Cholowski, Troy Stecher, and Evgeny Svechnikov. Stecher is the favorite to be taken by Seattle at this point, and many Red Wings fans are none too pleased about it.

However, a report this morning that has UFA Adam Larsson inking a four-year, $16M deal could shift a potential Stecher selection. Would they go the project route–possibly Svechnikov or Cholowski? Could they take the affordable veteran in Namestnikov, who can be an asset on a team where he’s not being heavily relied upon to fill multiple roles?

Or could they possibly take a pending unrestricted free agent as well–Luke Glendening as an example. The Larsson signing is an interesting wrinkle because it throws off a number of mock draft predictions and shows that Kraken general manager Ron Francis was surveying every possible route he could to make his picks.

Now it becomes even more of a guessing game as to the direction he’ll go with Detroit. Vegas’ selection of Tomas Nosek was surprising back in 2017, and the young forward contributed in the Golden Knights’ inaugural season, netting the first franchise goal on home ice. He chipped in six points (4-2) in the playoff run, too.

As more news leaks out, maybe it will be a similar circumstance–taking the younger player instead of a veteran.

There’s no question that whoever is taken, the roster will again look different for the 2021-22 season. The news of Bernier seeking opportunities elsewhere means that Yzerman will have to bring a new netminder into the fold. Additionally, the Nick Leddy trade signaled a different approach than expected. Fans dream now of a Leddy-Moritz Seider pairing which could stabilize what has been a major weakness over the past few seasons.

Yzerman isn’t expected to go crazy in free agency, and there’s always that potential for a trade or two. It will be nice to see some movement because it’s been an awful long time since we’ve had a substantial amount of Red Wings related news.

The first domino will fall tonight and then the answers will come all the way through next Wednesday when free agency opens.

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