If you have been on social media today you already know how this is all going to go down. If you haven't congratulations and welcome to what will be a surprise for us all. I will post all of the picks here as they happen. Looking forward to chatting with you all about each and every pick.
Anaheim Ducks - Hayden Fleury
Arizona Coyotes - Tyler Pitlick
Boston Bruins - Jeremy Lauzon
Buffalo Sabres - William Borgen
Calgary Flames - Mark Giordano
Carolina Hurricanes - Morgan Geekie
Chicago Blackhawks - John Quinnville
Colorado Avalanche - Joonas Donskoi
Columbus Blue Jackets - Gavin Bayreuther
Dallas Stars - Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit Red Wings - Dennis Cholowski
Edmonton Oilers - Adam Larsson
Florida Panthers - Chris Driedger
LA Kings - Kurtis MacDermid
Minnesota Wild - Carson Soucy
Montreal Canadiens - Cale Fluery
Nashville Predators - Calle Jarnkrok
New Jersey Devils - Nathan Bastian
New York Islanders - Jordan Eberle
New York Rangers - Colin Blackwell
Ottawa Senators - Joey D'Accord
Philadelphia Flyers - Carsen Twarynski
Pittsburgh Penguins - Brandon Tanev
San Jose Sharks - Alexander True
St Louis Blues - Vince Dunn
Tampa Bay Lightning - Yanni Gourde
Toronto Maple Leafs - Jared McCann
Vancouver Canucks - Cole Lind
Washington Capitals - Vitek Vanacek
Winnipeg Jets - Mason Appleton
We are finally here everyone! The Seattle Expansion Draft happens tonight. Tomorrow we will have the makings of a roster to discuss. I will be updating this blog throughout the day as rumours and rumblings happen and then I will be live blogging all of the picks. It's going to be a fun day!
A reminder I am doing a contest for picking the right Expansion Team. You can see the details for that blog here
Things are already well in motion for Seattle as it looks like they have come to agreements with two excellent defensive defensemen. Frank Serevalli was the one to announce that the Kraken had come to an agreement with pending UFA from the Edmonton Oilers, Adam Larsson. Larsson is 28 years old and a right shot defenseman who plays heavy minutes against the top opposition. He is physical and excels at using his body to separate players from the puck and is rarely ever caught out of position. The deal appears to be a four year deal worth 4 million a season.
The other is not official but it looks like Seattle has also reached out to Jamie Oleksiak to offer him a contract as well. Oleksiak plays a similar game to Larsson and while I believe Larsson is a better true defender, Oleksiak has a bit of a mean streak and has a bit more offensive ability to his game. Oleksiak is also a whooping 6'7 and 255lbs.
An Oleksiak and Larsson defensive pairing would be a fantastic option to put against any teams top guys and arguably could be one of the strongest purely defensive pairings in the NHL. A reminder that these do count as Seattle's picks from these teams.
I will update more as the day goes on. Happy Expansion Day!
Well it might take some of the fun out of the day but as always there are plenty of leaks and rumblings about who will or will not be taken. Here is what I have so far.
- The Kraken will reportedly not be selecting Carey Price. Even if they could retain some salary and deal him it could be a really tough hassle. Good of Seattle to avoid this one.
- While it seemed likely that Tarasenko was going to Seattle it's now looking far more likely that it will be defenseman Vince Dunn.
- I wonder what kind of remembrance video they will do for Jared McCann in Toronto next season. McCann looks to be Seattle's pick from Toronto
- Looks like Yanni Gourde is the guy Seattle has the most interest in from Seattle
- Ditto for Brandon Tanev in Pittsburgh