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Carolina Hurricanes & the Kraken Expansion Draft

Carolina Hurricanes & the Kraken Expansion Draft

November 25th, 2020 Thanksgiving is just a day away and Carolina Hurricanes fans have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to their team. An impressive farm system that is considered one of the best in the league and a good core of young players with established NHL experience. But with another expansion draft...
Kraken Will Use Technology to Build Their Team

Kraken Will Use Technology to Build Their Team

November 24th, 2020 This past National Hockey League season was interrupted by COVID-19. With the virus continuing to limit travel and likely shortening the 2020-21 season as well, the Seattle Kraken will be faced with a problem they likely didn't expect when the league's board of governors originally granted them a...
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November 16th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken will become the next franchise to join the NHL for the 2021-22 season, bringing the number of teams up to 32. Their first step as a new franchise will be to fill out their roster in the Expansion Draft. The Kraken get to select one unprotected player from each NHL team except the Vegas Golden Knights, who joined the league in 2017. The Expansion Draft provides the backbone of a new NHL franchise and each player they select is crucial in building the team. This means that the Dallas Stars will lose a player after this upcoming season concludes. The Stars have a few scenarios to think about when it comes to the upcoming Expansion Draft. For the Kraken, they get to hold all the cards and have the day to build their franchise. There will be another full season before the draft comes so it's something to think about because the time is fast approaching. Thems the Rules The 2021 Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft will feature the same rules as the Golden Knights...
November 16th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

With the "Year of the Kraken" nearly upon us, it's time to take a gander at the five players, to date, with the most successful playing careers born near the city of Seattle. Honorable Mentions Tom Bissett - the only player in NHL history to be born in the city of Seattle and drafted to the National Hockey League. Drafted in the 11th-round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, Bissett would play a total of five games for the Detroit Red Wings. Dylan Gambrell - there's not a large enough sample size. Drafted 60th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Entry Draft, the centerman has just now become a regular in the lineup. If his path continues, he could find himself on this list in no time. Kailer Yamamoto - like Gambrell, it's still too early to tell. Born in Spokane, Washington, Yamamoto learned to skate from the mother of our second-ranked player on this list. A few years later, the Edmonton Oilers drafted him 22nd overall at the 2017 Entry Draft. In 53 games played,...
November 12th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

We’ve spent quite a bit of time deciding who the Detroit Red Wings should protect in the upcoming Seattle Kraken expansion draft. But what about the flipside of the coin – who will the Kraken choose from the Red Wings? We’ve set Detroit’s protected list. Now, we’ll dive into the most intriguing expansion draft picks for the Kraken. Givani Smith In my latest draft of Detroit’s protected list, I exposed Givani Smith in favor of Evgeny Svechnikov, and noted Smith was the likeliest to be selected by the Kraken. I believe Svechnikov has a higher ceiling, but that’s not a slight toward Smith, who certainly has the ability to be an effective NHLer. Givani Smith skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins. (Jenae Anderson / The Hockey Writers) The 22-year-old left wing has the offensive skills and gritty style of play that best suits a team’s fourth line. This isn’t to say Smith is a fringe player, but rather someone who could be part of an efficient fourth line...
November 11th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

Pretty soon the NHL will have its 32nd franchise in the Seattle Kraken. It's an exciting time for fans and pundits alike as we get to project what their roster will look like once the expansion draft is over at the end of the 2020-21 season. Just like when the Vegas Golden Knights drafted their team in 2017, the Kraken will be permitted to choose one player from each NHL team (except for the Golden Knights) to construct their inaugural lineup for the start of the 2021-22 season. Related: Canucks Roundtable: Projecting the 2020-21 Opening Night Roster Let's explore the Vancouver Canucks' projected protected list and who the Kraken could choose when it all gets going in a few months' time. Exempt Canucks Fortunately for the Canucks, there are some important players that will be exempt from this expansion draft. This of course also includes all 2020 draft picks. Forwards: Nils Hoglander, William Lockwood, Marc Michaelis, Vasili Podkolzin Defencemen: Jack Rathbone,...
November 9th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

Red Wings Expansion Draft Projections 1.0Red Wings Expansion Draft Projections 2.0 Now that the Detroit Red Wings are done with their offseason moves, the organization can turn their focus to the 2020-21 season. And what comes at the end of next season? You guessed it – the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. Previously, the Red Wings appeared to be in good shape with regard to the expansion draft. They don’t have any no-movement clauses. They didn’t stand to lose someone significant. But have Steve Yzerman’s latest acquisitions changed that? Let’s dive into Detroit’s projected expansion draft protected list and who will likely be exposed to the Kraken. Related: Projecting the Red Wings’ Opening Night Lineup Exempt Red Wings As a quick reminder, the following Red Wings prospects are exempt from the expansion draft. This also includes all 2020 draft picks. LW Filip ZadinaD Moritz SeiderC Joe VelenoD Jared McIsaacG Filip LarssonD Albert JohanssonG...
November 7th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken have a realistic shot to snag former 30-goal scorer James van Riemsdyk in next summer's NHL Expansion Draft. Though currently a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, he will likely be unprotected in the draft. This is because the Flyers simply have too many young stars who they need to protect. That makes Van Riemsdyk expendable. James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Of course should he be available, there is no guarantee that the Kraken would bite on the expensive veteran. Van Riemsdyk will be 32 next summer with two years remaining on his contract, each with a cap hit of $7 million. Furthermore, the Kraken should have other intriguing options on the Flyers' roster from which to choose. One possibility is star defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Still, Van Riemsdyk is a proven scorer and will have a dozen seasons of NHL experience by next summer. On a roster likely devoid of any real superstars, he could be a key addition....