Who did the Seattle Kraken take in the expansion draft?
11:45 a.m. — Seattle has perhaps found its first captain in 37-year-old Mark Giordano, plucked from new Pacific Dvision rival Flames. BREAKING - I can confirm that the Seattle Kraken have chosen Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano as their pick at the Expansion Draft, to be announced this evening. Sporting NewsSeattle Kraken draft results: Complete roster, list of picks from the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft
The choice was announced during Wednesday evening’s televised expansion draft show on ESPN2. It was an anticlimactic event, as name after name from the 30 teams from which the Kraken picked their roster was leaked on Twitter during the afternoon. The Kraken weren't deterred from playing up the entertainment angle: It was an octopus named Licorice from the Seattle Aquarium that revealed Cholowski's name.
Hronek was a lock to be protected, and there was room for Lindstrom, 22, and Cholowski, 23, until general manager Steve Yzerman traded for Leddy July 16. Lindstrom plays a safe, smart game, but he doesn’t have the offensive flash Cholowski possesses.
Cholowski appeared in 16 games this season, recording three points. In 13 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, he produced three goals and seven assists. Cholowski had 10 goals and 27 points in 104 career games with the Wings.
Cholowski's lack of development has disappointed the Wings, but exposing him could backfire. He's an NHL-caliber defenseman, and the Kraken clearly believe he can still emerge as such.
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22 July, 2021 - 08:00pm
Nearly every NHL team’s pick was leaked by reporters as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, minus the one and only Detroit Red Wings. It’s not surprising that Steve Yzerman’s Red Wings was the team whose pick took longer to be leaked. Yzerman has been known to keep a good lid on this kind of information.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m. Wednesday: SportNet’s Mark Spector reports defenseman Dennis Cholowski is Seattle’s pick from the Red Wings. Spector reported the Kraken were unable to reach Cholowski for much of the day.
Meanwhile, any trades that Seattle has made will not be leaked before the actual draft event Wednesday night. The 2017 Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft included 10 trades.
The Kraken have to choose 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of those players must be under contract currently.
Here’s what has been leaked so far -- none of this is final until the actual draft picks are officially announced Wednesday night:
Anaheim: D Haydn Fleury (source)
Arizona: F Tyler Pitlick (source)
Boston: D Jeremy Lauzon (source)
Buffalo: D Will Borgen (source)
Calgary: D Mark Giordano (source)
Carolina: F Morgan Geekie (source)
Chicago: F John Quenneville (source)
Colorado: F Joonas Donskoi (source)
Columbus: D Gavin Bayreuther (source)
Dallas: D Jamie Oleksiak (source)
Detroit: D Dennis Cholowski (source)
Edmonton: D Adam Larsson (source)
Florida: G Chris Driedger (source)
Los Angeles: D Kurtis MacDermid (source)
Minnesota: D Carson Soucy (source)
Montreal: D Cale Fleury (source)
Nashville: F Calle Jarnkrok (source)
New Jersey: F Nathan Bastian (source)
New York Islanders: F Jordan Eberle (source)
New York Rangers: F Colin Blackwell (source)
Ottawa: G Joey Daccord (source)
Philadelphia: F Carsen Twarynski (source)
Pittsburgh: F Brandon Tanev (source)
San Jose: F Alexander True (source)
St. Louis: D Vince Dunn (source)
Tampa Bay: F Yanni Gourde (source)
Toronto: F Jared McCann (source)
Vancouver: F Kole Lind (source)
Washington: G Vitek Vanecek (source)
Winnipeg: F Mason Appleton (source)
Defenseman Troy Stecher appeared ripe for Seattle’s picking. With one year left on his contract he costs just $1.7 million against the cap. He’s only 27 years old.
Stecher signed a two-year deal with Detroit in October 2020. He immediately helped improve the Red Wings defense with his quickness and skilled puck-moving ability. He also is coming off of a really strong international tournament for Canada. He could have helped the Kraken form their top six, perhaps their top four.
Vladislav Namestnikov, 28, also first signed with Detroit in October -- a two-year deal with a $2 million cap hit each season. This season was a bit of a struggle for him with just 8 goals and 9 assists through 53 games played. But he was part of a team that struggled to find offense from, well, everyone. Namestnikov could slide into another team’s top nine to play either the wing or center.
I considered Dennis Cholowski a long shot for Seattle to pick, but if they are looking for a younger defenseman with size and potential then Cholowski is a good option. He’s just 23 years young but already has 104 NHL games on his resume.
Cholowski was drafted 20th overall in 2016.
Evgeni Svechnikov, 24, has battled through injuries in his young NHL career. He finally cracked Detroit’s lineup this past season, appearing in 21 games for 3 goals and 5 assists. The 19th overall pick in 2015 is also a restricted free agent now.
Let’s imagine Seattle was somehow desperate to get 20 players that are under contract, then Nielsen fit the bill. The 37-year-old center/winger has a year left on his contract at $5.25 against the cap. His performance has declined quite dramatically over the past couple of seasons. He’s not the solid two-way center he once was.
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22 July, 2021 - 06:17pm
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