The Seattle Kraken are selecting the first roster in franchise history, which means NHL Expansion Draft leaks are pouring in.
Seattle was already a team, as the end of the 2021-22 season marked the dawning of a new era for the NHL. Hockey in Seattle had been announced dating back to 2019, but even though we had a logo reveal and a new stadium built, the Kraken becoming the newest NHL franchise didn’t feel real until the roster started to be put together.
General Manager Ron Francis has been working tirelessly since Saturday to figure out the best possible roster to piece together from the list of players left unprotected by their teams in the NHL Expansion Draft.
NHL Expansion Draft leaks
Here’s a running list of the NHL Expansion Draft leaks that have already trickled in:
Islanders lose Jordan Eberle to Kraken
Seattle adds a first-line winger from New York.
Blue Jackets keep Max Domi
Rather than add the veteran Domi, the Kraken opted to go in another direction.
Minnesota Wild don’t lose Kaapo Kähkönen
When the Kraken passed on Carey Price, many believed that Kahkonen would be the choice. Instead, Ron Francis continued his defenseman bender by adding Soucey.
Kraken select Calgary Flames captain
While the Kraken might have passed on Tarasenko and Landeskog, they added the team’s first captain in Mark Giordano.
Capitals, Panthers, and Senators picks leaked
Maple Leafs lose James McCann
Toronto traded for McCann from Pittsburgh last week, only to have him selected by the Kraken. The strategy seemed to be trading for a guy that Toronto didn’t mind getting selected to protect the rest of its roster.
Gabriel Landeskog won’t be selected by Seattle
On the surface, this seems like a miss, but given how far apart the Avs and Landeskog are, there’s a decent chance Seattle can pass on him here and simply add him in free agency.
Seattle is selecting Vince Dunn, not Vladimir Tarasenko from the Blues
Kraken won’t select Carey Price
NHL Expansion Draft selections: Updated Seattle Kraken roster
While not official until the NHL Expansion Draft happens, here’s what the Seattle Kraken roster looks like and what teams lost which players:
Note: This will be updated as the leaks come in and the roster is made official. It’s subject to change until stated otherwise.
Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury, D
Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick, F
Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon, D
Buffalo Sabres: Will Borgen, D
Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano, D
Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie, F
Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi, F
Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther, D
Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak, D
Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson, D
Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger, G
Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid, D
Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy, D
Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury, D
Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok, F
New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian, F
New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle, F
New York Rangers: Colin Blackwell, F
Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord, G
Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski, F
Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev, F
San Jose Sharks: Alexander True, F
St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn, D
Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde, F
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann, F
Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, D
Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek, G
Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton, F
When is the NHL Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken?
Even though the leaks are pouring in, the NHL Expansion Draft doesn’t actually take place until Wednesday night. The draft will be aired on ESPN2, with extra coverage on NHL Network and TSN, and will begin at 8 pm ET.
Start Time: 8pm ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: Fubo.TV