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Senators and the Expansion Draft: Who Should They Protect?

Senators and the Expansion Draft: Who Should They Protect?

March 19th, 2020 There is still a great deal of time before the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft rolls around, and many things could change for the Ottawa Senators between now and then. Nevertheless, with the NHL season currently at a standstill, it is a perfect time to take a look at what the Senators' protection...
Early Look at the Flames' Expansion Draft Options

Early Look at the Flames' Expansion Draft Options

March 17th, 2020 With all the exciting things that happen in the NHL day in and day out, it is sometimes hard to remember that there will be a new NHL franchise in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. Although an official date for the Seattle Expansion Draft has yet to be announced, the Vegas Golden Knights had theirs...

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February 18th, 2020
Seattle NHL

NHL Seattle is still over a year and a half away from putting a product on the ice. The organization and its fans need to exercise patience in waiting for milestones and then building toward Stanley Cup winners. Such milestones include building the arena, hiring the coaching staff, the initial entry draft, and finally Seattle’s first game. The overwhelming talk amongst fans has been focused on when Seattle will release their team name. If fans are this impatient over a team name, how impatient are they going to be to hoist the Stanley Cup? Seattle’s Team Name In the span between the awarding of the NHL’s 32nd franchise on Dec. 4, 2018, and puck drop for the initial 2021-22 season, there are big gaps with no news. What better to fill the void than rumors involving the team name? Related: What's in a Name? NHL's Original Six This is an area where the team has been stringing fans along for months, making it ripe for alleged leaks and rumors. The long list of...
February 6th, 2020
Seattle NHL

There are rumors abound that the Seattle Kraken will be the official name of the NHL’s 32nd team. It seems to be the popular choice by fans, but Seattle has stated they still have a decision to make with the name. They will also have many other decisions to make when it is time to select players for the currently nameless team. It may not seem like it but the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft will be here before we know it. It might be time to start thinking about who on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster will be protected or exposed. The rules for the expansion draft this time around will match those of the 2017 Expansion Draft. Teams have the option to protect eight skaters and a goalie or seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie. Let’s delve into the Penguins lineup and make some predictions on who is going to be protected and exposed come the end of next season. These selections are based solely on the NHL roster as of Feb. 6. This list also doesn’t take into...
February 4th, 2020
Seattle NHL

SEATTLE — John Goodwin had the honour of being the first and it was a bit unnerving. He was a pro scout representing a franchise without a nickname and nearly two years away from having a roster — with an arena still under construction — and walking into an NHL arena for the first time on behalf of Seattle’s expansion team was daunting. “I got there about two hours before. They weren't even open yet, so I waited,” Goodwin recalled. By now seeing the Seattle scouts show up in places like Toronto, Boston, Dallas, or Vancouver is no longer a novelty. They are part of the NHL landscape. But when Goodwin or any of his counterparts show up, they are scouting a different game than their colleagues around the league. While scouts from the other 31 franchises may be looking at another team's power-play or they way it rotates its lines, Seattle's scouts are specifically looking at the players. How they play with the puck on their stick. How they interact with teammates...
February 2nd, 2020
Washington Capitals

The NHL's 32nd franchise will be formulated in June 2021, and enter the league officially for the 2021-22 season. It's sounding more and more likely that the franchise will be named the Seattle Kraken, and Ron Francis (the club's general manager) is licking his chops to get underway building the foundation for the club. One vital component to the new franchise's roster? An asset from the Washington Capitals' depth chart. Washington boasts a plethora of talent, as well as significant depth throughout their lineup, which bodes well for Seattle in selecting a strong piece to build upon. So, the question becomes — who will Washington leave available for the new franchise? The protected players list rules for this expansion are very similar to that of the Vegas Golden Knights draft. Washington can choose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie as the first possible route. The second alternative would be protecting eight skaters (forwards, or defensemen) and one...
January 30th, 2020
Seattle NHL

While the Detroit Red Wings have some time to finalize their plan, it’s never too early to prepare for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft. We really aren’t that far away from having a 32nd team in the NHL, especially if we're getting closer to learning their nickname: https://twitter.com/russianmachine/status/1222621301321469952?s=20 Then again, Seattle hasn't officially announced their team name yet. https://twitter.com/NHLSeattle_/status/1222658065024995328?s=20 But if they’re going to be called the Seattle Kraken, then the Red Wings are a logical choice to be an early rival of the franchise. There can only be one octopus in the NHL, and he’s in Hockeytown.  One Red Wing will be on the other side of the rivalry in 2021. With the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights, all NHL teams will lose a player to Seattle in the expansion draft. But which Red Wings player will be selected? Red Wings’ Protected List for the Seattle Expansion...
January 17th, 2020
Seattle NHL

Surprisingly the Vegas Golden Knights fired head coach Gerard Gallant on Wednesday. The decision sent significant ripples into the hockey world, as he was not someone thought to be on the hot seat. Now that he is essentially a free agent, teams will definitely be lining up for his services. As reported by THW's own Jim Parsons, there is already speculation that the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, and the new expansion team in Seattle have interest in the suddenly available bench boss. It's not surprising to me that Seattle would be in the mix, as Gallant is no stranger to expansion franchises having just completed his stint as the first head coach of the immensely successful Golden Knights. If I was general manager Ron Francis, I am on the phone right now talking to him about a potential position. It's practically a no-brainer in my mind. So, let's take a look at three reasons why Seattle needs Gallant behind the bench when their inaugural season in the NHL gets underway in...