The captain of the Calgary Flames, Mark Giordano, becomes team leader in Seattle. (Getty)
Well, Seattle Kraken’s draft expansion is on the books.
History will ultimately tell how they did it. One thing is for sure – not all of these players will not be eligible for Seattle. Expect trades to be made.
Of course, the Las Vegas Golden Knights only put together the pieces of an NHL Stanley Cup finalist in their freshman year a few years ago, so I got a friend of mine who covers the Knights to think about what was different about the Kraken was draft and what was the key to the success of Vegas.
According to Steve Carp, Author of “Vegas Born: The Remarkable History of the Golden Knights“The rules for this draft expansion remained“ the same ”, even if not every NHL owner was happy about the spectacular success of the Knights. However, most thought it was a good thing to have an expansion team right away.
Two important things to keep in mind, as Steve put it: “How many additional draft picks have you got through the ancillary businesses, and second, how much cap space have you left for the future?
This information should come in the night of Wednesday.
A great show from the Kraken first of all, but ESPN2 not so much. In fairness, it’s an expansion design, but the scene and visuals the Kraken developed were top notch. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman couldn’t even find out the name of the arena? Expect the boos to go on.
Longtime Calgary Flames defender Mark Giordano will be the captain – he’s a great player and reflects the defensive nature of the Kraken’s draft as the team went heavily on defense and combative two-way forwards.
The six players who took to the stage in the Gas Works Park should of course remain loyal to the club. Chris Dryedger, the former goalkeeper of the Panthers, signed a three-year deal with the Kraken. He has only 41 games of NHL experience, but the Kraken are betting that by the age of 27 he will be ready for the big time. It’s not an exaggeration how important the goalkeeper is, especially with this squad that has featured in many low-goal games on paper.
It’s a safe guess that 75% of the Kraken’s inaugural list will be made up of these players selected on Wednesday, so it’s time to get to know them. If they do justice to the show from Kraken’s advertising department, it’ll be very good from the start.
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