Wild's defense gets even thinner after Kraken takes Soucy in expansion draft

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Seattle set to select Carson Soucy from Wild in expansion draft

Minneapolis Star Tribune 22 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

The Wild's blue line is getting thinner.

Defenseman Carson Soucy will be selected by Seattle in Wednesday night's expansion draft, an NHL source confirmed.

Soucy was one of the most intriguing players made available by the Wild, an efficient top-six defender with size and grit on a cost-friendly contract. He has two seasons left on a three-year, $8.25 million contract that carries a $2.75 million annual cap hit.

Last season, Soucy filled out the Wild's third defensive pairing with Ian Cole and established career highs in assists (16) and points (17). The 26-year-old was drafted in the fifth round by the Wild in 2013 before playing four seasons at Minnesota-Duluth.

A Soucy exit means the Wild holds onto goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen, who also looked like an interesting candidate for the Kraken after his impressive rookie season. Other players left unprotected by the Wild were forwards Victor Rask and Nick Bjugstad and free agents Ian Cole, Nick Bonino, Marcus Johansson and Brad Hunt.

Without Soucy, the Wild has just three NHL defensemen under contract for next season: Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba and captain Jared Spurgeon.

Ryan Suter's buyout last week created a hole, and Cole could also leave as a free agent. Same with Hunt, who was the seventh defenseman.

Although youngster Calen Addison might get a look, the team is still in need of other defensemen to patch up the back end and could find replacements in NHL free agency when the signing period opens next Wednesday.

Seattle's complete roster will be unveiled at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, but word of the team's picks began leaking out earlier in the day.

According to reports, the Kraken settled on a goaltending tandem of Florida's Chris Driedger, Vitek Vanecek from Washington and Ottawa's Joey Daccord, the likes of Mark Giordano (Calgary), Vince Dunn (St. Louis) and Adam Larsson (Edmonton) on defense and forwards Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay's Yanni Gourde and Joonas Donskoi (Colorado).

The Kraken reportedly did not pick some of the higher-profile players available like Montreal goalie Carey Price, St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko and Nashville center Matt Duchene.

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Report: Kraken select Carson Soucy in expansion draft

Hockey Wilderness 22 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

The Wild lost their depth defensemen.

Before the dual buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Soucy was largely considered to be safely penciled into next year’s lineup, with Matt Dumba most likely going west, but now with the newly protected Dumba not having to worry about that, Soucy is going to be the sacrificial defenseman for the Wild to give up.

With Soucy goes his $2.75-million cap hit as well. The 26-year-old defender still has two years remaining on his contract before he hits free agency, making him a fairly controllable asset for the Kraken to squeeze all the value out of.

Most projections had Soucy or rookie netminder Kaapo Kahkonen being the Kraken’s selection. Now that the decision has been made final, it looks like Seattle didn’t want to potentially deal with a goaltending project and instead opted for someone that can either anchor a bottom pair or serve as a top-four defenseman in desperation. Honestly, given their choices, it is a decision a lot of people around the league and with opinions surrounding this team, would have made.

During his 108 games played for Minnesota, Soucy scored 8 goals and 31 points.

Reports: Wild lose Carson Soucy to Seattle Kraken in expansion draft

Bring Me The News 22 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

Selections of the NHL's expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken won't become official until Wednesday night, but The Athletic's Michael Russo, citing sources, says the Kraken will take defenseman Carson Soucy from the Minnesota Wild. 

If Soucy is indeed off to Seattle, it leaves Minnesota with just three defensemen under contract: Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon. 

The Wild cut ties with Ryan Suter, while Ian Cole and Brad Hunt could become free agents. Minnesota also has top defense prospect Calen Addison, who played in three NHL games last season. 

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