Seattle Kraken expansion draft: NHL GMs learned from Vegas


NHL 22 July, 2021 - 08:34am 10 views

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 pick 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

What time is the NHL expansion draft?

When is the NHL expansion draft? The announcement will be at 8 p.m. ET, but the team's list must be submitted to the league by 10 a.m. USA TODAYNHL expansion draft 2021: Time, how to watch, how it works, players available for Seattle Kraken

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

The Seattle Kraken selected their first group of players in the expansion draft on Wednesday night. Some arrived in person, the first to wear the newest NHL jerseys. Some had their names announced by flying fish and an octopus in the local aquarium, and some by Seattle SuperSonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp.

The Kraken selected one player from 30 NHL teams, with the Vegas Golden Knights exempt from the draft. The result was a roster that was young and well under the salary cap; and an approach to the draft that was in stark contrast with the way Vegas handled it in 2017.

Here are 10 takeaways from the Kraken expansion draft:

The Golden Knights and Kraken had the same rules for their respective expansion drafts. NHL teams could protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie; or they could protect eight skaters and one goalie, which is what the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs opted to do this time around.

Same rules, similar results, at least when it came to the positions they drafted. The Golden Knights selected 14 forwards, 13 defensemen and three goaltenders in the 2017 expansion draft. The Kraken selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders in their expansion draft.

Both teams selected 20 players that were under contract for the following season, which was the minimum required by the NHL's draft rules -- although the Kraken selected three players that they themselves signed in Adam Larsson, Chris Driedger and Jamie Oleksiak. The Golden Knights selected six restricted free agents, while the Kraken selected seven.

Where the two teams diverge is under the salary cap. Based on the players the teams drafted, the cap hits were similar: The Kraken's projected cap hit is around $54.05 million, while the Golden Knights' cap hit was $54.21 million, according to But when you factor in the players whom the Knights acquired via trade on the day of the draft, their total cap hit for acquired players was $68.3 million. Seattle didn't have any trades announced on expansion draft day.

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Westgate announces odds for Golden Knights’ game vs. Kraken

Las Vegas Review-Journal 22 July, 2021 - 05:02pm

The Westgate has posted odds for the season opener Oct. 12 at T-Mobile Arena pitting the expansion Seattle Kraken against the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights are heavily favored to welcome the Seattle Kraken into the NHL with a loss.

The Knights were installed as -280 favorites at the Westgate for the season opener Oct. 12 at T-Mobile Arena. The Kraken are +245 for their inaugural game.

The matchup was announced on ESPN during the Kraken’s expansion draft Wednesday.

The Westgate has set the total for the game at 5½ with the under at -130. The Knights are -110 to cover the -1½ puck line.

The Knights are the co-favorites with the Colorado Avalanche at 5-1 to win the Stanley Cup this season. The Kraken are 80-1 — better odds than nine existing teams.

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