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Ranking the Kraken's top 10 choices from the Bruins

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Welcomed into the NHL as the league’s 32nd team, Kraken general manager Ron Francis will officially build his team Wednesday with the selection of a player from 30 of the league’s 31 teams. (The Golden Knights, the league’s 31st team introduced in 2017, are exempt from this draft, but will not see any of the Kraken’s $650 million expansion fee.)

And when it comes to the Bruins, Francis and Co. were delivered a list of 29 possible Bruins to be drafted out of Boston and towards Rain City. The Don Sweeney-submitted featured a wide array of options, really. You had tons of pending free agents, prospects who have spent multiple years in Europe, and it even included a recently retired player.

But here’s the 10 top option for the Kraken ahead of tonight’s festivities…

2015 first-round pick Zach Senyshyn has not panned out how the Bruins expected. Drafted with the No. 15 pick six years ago, Senyshyn has appeared in just 14 NHL games, with one (empty-net) goal and two assists to his name. He's also had a bad habit of getting injured right when it looks like he's been about to build some sort of momentum. But one of Senyshyn's biggest supporters, former P-Bruins head coach Jay Leach, is now behind the bench in Seattle as an assistant coach.

It's believed that the Kraken will dip into the free agent waters. Now, I write this knowing full well that had they set their sights on Mike Reilly, we probably would've heard about it by now. (That's how it's happened with the Panthers' Chris Driedger anyway.) But if the Kraken were going to do that with a Bruin, Reilly would be the guy, as the 28-year-old is coming off a career-high 27 points (all assists) in 55 games between the Sens and Bruins.

Among the many things Vegas got right with their 2017 draft: Character guys and solid fourth-line talents. Chris Wagner had a down 2020 campaign, and opened up about his recent struggles with anxiety, but he's just two years removed from a career-best 12 goals and 19 points. Wagner also hits anything that moves (his 879 hits are the eighth-most among all NHL forwards since 2016), and could be a solid add as Seattle's fourth-line right wing.

The 26-year-old Curtis Lazar had a respectable 2021 campaign between Boston and Buffalo, with seven goals (a career-high) and 13 points in 50 games, and Lazar emerged the victor in 54.2 percent of his d-zone faceoffs in the postseason. Lazar really brought a unique element to the B's fourth line following his pickup, too, as the Bruins were actually creating offense and getting out of the defensive-zone mud for perhaps the first time all season upon Lazar's jump into action down the stretch. He's also under contract for a highly-affordable $800,000 in 2021-22.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.

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