Seattle Kraken Draft results: Full roster and Picks at the 2023 NHL Expansion Draft

The Seattle Kraken selected a player from 30 NHL teams on Wednesday in the expansion draft, completing the list as the 32nd.North Dakota team in the NHL. The theme behind selecting a roster that was young and under the cap was physicality on ice and character off ice.

Similar to the Golden Knights’ 2017 draft when Vegas selected 14 forwards, 13 defenders and three goalkeepers, the Kraken selected 15 forwards, 12 defenders and three goalkeepers.

The similarities continued in that both teams chose 20 players who were under contract for the following season. The Kraken chose seven restricted free agents and the Golden Knights chose six. The biggest difference is that Kraken’s maximum cap for the 20 players was more than $ 14 million less than that of the Golden Knights. This leaves the Kraken with around $ 30 million in capitalization space, and a lot of moves are likely to take place over the next month.

Seattle Kraken 2023 NHL roster

Some of the top names selected by the Kraken in the 2023 NHL Expansion Draft include former Islanders winger Jordan Eberle, goalie Chris Driedger, former Calgary captain Mark Giordano, former Penguins captain Brandon Taney , defender Adam Larsson and Yanni Gourde, two-time Stanley Cup Champion.

No. Player Pos Written from CAP HIT
1 Jeremy lauzon D Boston Bruins $ 850 thousand
2 Will borgen D Buffalo Sabers RFA
3 Dennis Cholowski D Detroit Red Wings $ 894 thousand
4 Chris driedger GRAM Florida panthers UFA
5 Cale Fleury D Montreal Canadiens RFA
6 Joey Ok GRAM Ottawa Senators $ 750 thousand
7 Yanni Gourde C / LW Tampa Bay Lightning $ 5.17 Million
8 Jared McCann LW / C toronto maple leaves $ 2.94 Million
9 Morgan geekie RW / C Carolina Hurricanes RFA
10 Gavin bayreuther D Columbus Blue Jackets UFA
eleven Nathan Bastian RW New Jersey Devils $ 825 thousand
12 Jordan eberle RW New York Islanders $ 5.5 million
13 Colin blackwell C New York Rangers $ 725 thousand
14 Carsen twarynski LW Philadelphia flyers RFA
fifteen Brandon tanev LW Pittsburgh Penguins $ 3.5 million
sixteen Vitek Vanecek GRAM Washington Capitals $ 717 thousand
17 Tyler pitlick C Arizona Coyotes $ 1.75 million
18 John quenneville C Chicago Blackhawks $ 750 thousand
19 Joonas donskoi RW Colorado avalanche $ 3.9 million
twenty Jamie oleksiak D Dallas stars UFA
twenty-one Carson soucy D Savage Minnesota $ 2.75 million
22 Jarnkrok Street RW Nashville Predators $ 2 million
23 Vince dunn D St. Louis Blues RFA
24 Mason Appleton C Winnipeg Jets $ 900 thousand
25 Haydn fleury D Anaheim ducks $ 1.3 million
26 Mark Giordano D Calgary Flames $ 6.75 Million
27 Adam Larsson D Edmonton Oilers RFA
28 Kurtis MacDermid D Los Angeles Kings $ 875 thousand
29 Alexander True C Sharks of San José RFA
30 Kole lind RW Vancouver Canucks RFA

Giordano, a 37-year veteran, was the league’s best defender in 2019. He was not originally a copywriter and enjoyed the idea of ​​being selected by the Kraken in the expansion draft.

Seattle bypassed several veterans like Vladimir Tarasenko, Carey Price, Ryan Johansen, Jakub Voracek, Jason Zuker and Adam Henrique, favoring younger and cheaper players.

For now, one of the Kraken’s best players is goalie Chris Driedger, a 27-year-old who opened his eyes with the Panthers last season. He posted a soft save percentage of .927, fifth-best in the entire league. The Kraken signed Driedger to a three-year deal and will have Vitek Vanecek and Joey Daccord as their backups.

Another apparent force in this draft is on the blue line, where Giordano will be joined by Vince Dunn, a former St. Louis Blues. The Kraken had several group options from the Lightning, including Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Ondrej Palat, but opted for Gourde.

Perhaps the most confusing pick was Gavin Bayreuther’s pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bayreuther played only nine games less season, while Max Domi (24 points in 54 games) and Dean Kukan (35 games) were also available for the national team.

The most likable picks on the Kraken were the Fleury brothers, Cale and Haydn. Cale had just one goal and did not assist in 41 games last season, while Haydn had four points in 47 games with Carolina and Anaheim.

The Kraken’s inaugural season is scheduled to begin Oct. 12 against the Vegas Golden Knights, and the NHL odds look bright. For those who would like to attend Kraken’s home opening at the Climate Pledge Arena, set your schedule for October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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