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Recapping the Seattle Kraken NHL Expansion Draft

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Seattle selects 30 players, with plenty of moves to come

2021 NHL Expansion Draft Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images

The Seattle Kraken selected thirty players from across the NHL on Wednesday evening in the expansion draft, one of the first steps in building their inaugural roster.

While there’s no guarantee that any of the players selected will actually suit up for the Kraken when the season begins - there are bound to be trades and other signings ahead, along with the actual NHL Draft - it’s still an interesting look at how the Kraken are building their franchise, and what Ron Francis and his colleagues are prioritizing.

In case you missed Wednesday’s expansion draft, here are the players that were selected:

  1. Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi
  2. Chicago Blackhawks: John Quenneville
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther
  4. St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn
  5. Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon
  6. Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury
  7. Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind
  8. Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek
  9. Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick
  10. New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian
  11. Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury
  12. Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano
  13. Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski
  14. Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie
  15. New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle
  16. Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton
  17. Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde
  19. Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann
  20. Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson (has already signed with SEA)
  21. Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger
  22. Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev
  23. Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok
  24. New York Rangers: Colin Blackwood
  25. Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski
  26. Buffalo Sabres: Will Borgen
  27. Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord
  28. San Jose Sharks: Alexander True
  29. Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak (has already signed with SEA)
  30. Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy

The next few days will be interesting. The NHL’s regular-season schedule will be released Thursday evening, and the draft is Friday & Saturday. The league’s trade freeze lifts at 1 p.m. Thursday. Free agency is also on the horizon, setting up what should be a busy couple weeks in the hockey world.