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Penguins lose winger to Seattle in NHL expansion draft Tanev played in 100 games with Pittsburgh, accounting for 18 goals and 23 assists. Other players that were left unprotected in the NHL expansion draft by the Penguins were forwards Jason Zucker and Zach Aston-Reese and defenseman Marcus Pettersson. wkbn.comPenguins lose winger to Seattle in NHL expansion draft

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The picks are official, but nearly all Seattle Kraken expansion draft picks were leaked via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Former TSN reporter turned Daily Faceoff lead Frank Seravalli did most of the damage to the Wednesday night ESPN broadcast. The usual suspects from TSN and Sportsnet did some heavy lifting, too, and the Pittsburgh Penguins lost winger Brandon Tanev.

The expansion draft essentially cost the Penguins Tanev and Jared McCann, whom they traded on Saturday to avoid losing him for nothing.

Seattle had its choice of Tanev, Marcus Pettersson, Jason Zucker, and Zach Aston-Reese. As you see below, Seattle GM Ron Francis shied away from higher-priced veterans and steered towards unknowns and players who needed a break. Morgan Geekie, Gavin Bayreuther, and Carsen Twarnyski from the Metro Division should provide enough evidence of that.

Tanev’s departure frees up $3.5 million of salary-cap space. This week, the Penguins cleared nearly $6.5 million by trading McCann to Toronto–who was then selected by Seattle. Thus Toronto protected Alex Kerfoot and their roster by trading prospect Filip Hallander and a seventh-rounder.

The Penguins also have two new holes in their lineup, including a middle-six LW, replacing Tanev on their defensive line with Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger.

In a preview of the coming Pittsburgh Penguins analysis, the Penguins grind line fared slightly better with Teddy Blueger and Zach Aston-Reese than Tanev and Blueger. The baseline stats show similar Corsi (about 45% each), but the Aston-Reese pairing had a 45% goals-for rate compared to 28% and a 48-43 advantage with expected goals-for.

The Seattle Kraken total payroll of just under $53 million, leaving Seattle about $28 million for the free agent and NHL trade markets.

Seattle made several side deals, though we’re not sure how many. In an inexplicable decision, the NHL chose not to announce the side-deals during the expansion draft broadcast. They will be revealed today at 1 p.m. EST unless Seravalli and crew leak them first.

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Why does the nhl allow these leaks … this is no fun for tonight 🙁. I was going to watch

Honestly who wants Zucker or Pettersson? Francis isn’t blind. Wait till you see the year Sprong has in Washington this year. Enjoy Pettersson . He sucks .

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Penguins to Make Five Selections in the 2021 NHL Draft

BlueJackets.com 22 July, 2021 - 09:05am

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have five selections in this year's NHL Draft, held virtually on July 23-24.

The Penguins will make selections in the second (58th overall), fifth (154th overall), and seventh (194th, 215th and 218th overall) rounds.

Round 1 of the draft will begin on Friday, July 23 at 8:00PM ET and be broadcast on ESPN2. Rounds 2-7 will take place the following day, Saturday, July 24 at 11:00AM ET and be broadcast on NHL Network.

Below is a breakdown of each of Pittsburgh's picks:

Pittsburgh's 194th overall pick was acquired from Anaheim on Oct. 25, 2019 in exchange for Erik Gudbranson. The team's 215th overall pick was acquired at last year's draft from Washington on Oct. 7, 2020 in exchange for Pittsburgh's 2020 seventh round pick (211th overall).

The Penguins do not have a selection in the first, third, fourth or sixth rounds after multiple trades:

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