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Kraken Prepared For Action on Day 2

July 8, 2022, 11:16 AM ET [8 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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I hope everyone got a good night's sleep because we are right back at it with Day 2 of the NHL Draft. As of right now Seattle has 11 picks including 4 second round picks and 3 4th round picks. There has already been deals and movement on the draft floor so perhaps we see Seattle jump in on the action and deal at least one or two of these picks for an immediate player.

The biggest needs for this Kraken team right now are consistent scoring as well as goaltending help as Chris Driedger is expected to miss at least 2-3 months of the season. Keep that in mind as we start hearing more rumours of players being made available.

Enjoy the day and I will post more updates here as Ron Francis looks to bolster the team alongside the newly added Shane Wright.

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SEATTLE SELECTS FORWARD JAGGER FIRKUS

Seattle steps up early and grabs the player with maybe the coolest name in the draft. Firkus was expected by many to go in the first round due to the offense that seems to ooze out of his every pore. With 36 goals and 80 points in 66 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Firkus can release the puck quicker than almost anyone in this draft. He skates for miles and isn't afraid to drive the net hard with the puck.

The only reason this player isn't a sure fire top 10 pick is the fact that he is 5'10 and listed at 153lbs. We have seen smaller players like Caufield and Yamamoto recently have great NHL success and with his drive and willingness to go to the tough areas I could see Firkus joining that group of players.

SEATTLE SELECTS WINGER JANI NYMAN

No trades yet and with their second 2nd round pick, Seattle selects big power forward Jani Nyman. Nyman has been described by some scouts as one of the better pure shooters in this draft with a particular love for his wrist shot but he also loves to fire off one-timers on the powerplay from the right circle, very similar to Leon Draisaitl from the same side or of course, Alex Ovechkin from the opposite side. The biggest knock against him is that he doesn't often enough use his 200lb 6'3 frame to force his way past the opposition. Easy to like this pick as Seattle clearly sees their need for scoring forwards and is continuing to pursue that objective.

SEATTLE SELECTS GOALIE NIKLAS KOKKO

Seattle takes a break from bringing in forwards to bring in a goalie. Kokko is described as an athletic goalie, standing at 6'4 and plays for the =usually fairly strong development league in Karpat. This is a player that is years away from being in the NHL if he ever makes it but a decent gamble for the future.

SEATTLE SELECTS CENTRE DAVID GOYETTE\

To close out the second round, Seattle selects explosive skating centre David Goyette. He is a smaller player again but his overall top speed makes him an asset at both ends of the ice. Not an exact comparison but from my Oilers knowledge he reminds me a bit of Ryan McLeod. Goyette is not only a fast player but he is able to effortlessly stickhandle at his top speed as well, allowing him to be an effective playmaker.

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Going to take a break for a bit (have a day job too) but overall that is a pretty solid second round by Ron Francis and the Seattle Kraken.
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