TV: C – Curtis Lazar
Joe: C- Curtis Lazar
The Boston Bruins are not sweating tremendously this time around by losing Curtis Lazar who they acquired in the Taylor Hall trade. Decent depth player going to a new Seattle team who will look to make an impact in the bottom six.
TV: D – Collin Miller
Joe: C- Zemgus Girgensons
While Girgensons has been out of sight out of mind due to suffering a hamstring injury that required surgery before the start of the 2021 season, he is still a 27 year-old 6’2 center man who could provide some value as Seattle’s 4th line Center who can pop in about 10 goals a season.
Miller has been through this before as he was selected by the Golden Knights back in 2017 through the Expansion Draft. He may be selected again as Buffalo have a surplus of D-Men that would help the Kraken in the first season as a franchise.
Detroit Red Wings
TV: LW – Adam Erne
Joe: RW- Richard Panik
While Panik was used mostly as a throw-in for salary cap reasons for the massive deal between Washington and Detroit, he is still a quality depth player that can provide 30-35 points when given the opportunity.
Adam Erne, a solid depth piece for the Wings, may be unprotected in Expansion thus the Kraken snatching him up with a grin. Notching 20 points in 45 games for the bad Red Wings is a good sign that the Kraken might take the young winger on their squad.
TV: LW – Mason Marchment
Joe: C- Noel Acciari
After a breakout 2019-2020 season in which he scored 20 goals, he regressed back to his normal output which could provide some solid value on the 4th line.
A fairly young big body forward, Mason Marchment can provide toughness, size and a net driving presence to the Kraken if taken. With more potential on the horizon, the Kraken should really take a look at him if left unprotected.
TV: C – Nick Paul
Joe: C- Chris Tierney
Chris Tierney is a solid NHL player who excels in playmaking and is a two-way centre. With more opportunities with Seattle, he could return to his 40-45 point production as the second or third line centre of this team.
Another youngish Centremen, Nick Paul can add to the Kraken a really solid/steady depth player to their team. Coming off a good year and Bill Masterton Nominee Paul and his big frame could be added to the expansion squad.
TV: C – Jake Evans
Joe: D- Ben Chiarot
During the Canadiens magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals, Chiarot established himself as a hard-nosed defensive defenseman who is great at clearing the front of the net and could be one of Seattle’s top penalty-killing players.
The speedy young winger/centre is what I would choose if I was the Kraken. With another year on his deal it gives the Kraken one year to see how he develops in a new role on a new team which he could thrive in.
Tampa Bay Lightning
TV: D – Erik Cernak
Joe: C- Yanni Gourde
One of Tampa’s unsung heroes during their back to back Cup runs, Yanni Gourde was a late bloomer who plays on edge and scores big time goals. While his contract is not the most appealing, ($5.1M AAV until 2024), Gourde will be a quality second line center on this Kraken team.
The hard nosed brutal to play against defenseman could be selected by the Kraken. Cernak brings such a monstrous play style that can grind opponents down whether it’s five on five or the penalty kill.
Toronto Maple Leafs
TV: C – Alex Kerfoot
Joe: C- Alex Kerfoot
While Kerfoot is listed as a centre, he has played a lot of time on the left wing and with less responsibilities, could get back to being a player that scored back to back 40+ point seasons with the Colorado Avalanche.