Seattle Kraken Draft results: Full roster and Picks at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

The Seattle Kraken selected one player from 30 NHL teams on Wednesday in the expansion draft, filling out the roster as the 32nd team in the NHL. The theme behind the selection of a roster that was young and under the salary cap was physicality on the ice and character off the ice.

Like how the Golden Knights drafted in 2017 when Vegas selected 14 forwards, 13 defensemen, and three goaltenders, the Kraken selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen, and three goaltenders.

The similarities continued in that both teams chose 20 players that were under contract for the following season.  The Kraken picked seven restricted free agents, and the Golden Knights chose six. The biggest difference is that the Kraken cap hit for the 20 players was over $14 million less than that of the Golden Knights. This leaves the Kraken with around $30 million in cap space, with many moves likely to be made over the next month.

Seattle Kraken 2021 NHL Roster

Some of the top names selected by the Kraken at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft include former Islanders winger Jordan Eberle, goaltender Chris Driedger, former Calgary captain Mark Giordano, former Penguins captain Brandon Taney, defenseman Adam Larsson, and Yanni Gourde, a two-time Stanley Cup champion.

No.PlayerPosDrafted fromCAP HIT
1Jeremy LauzonDBoston Bruins $850K
2Will BorgenDBuffalo Sabres RFA
3Dennis CholowskiDDetroit Red Wings$894K
4Chris DriedgerGFlorida Panthers UFA
5Cale FleuryDMontreal Canadiens RFA
6Joey DaccordGOttawa Senators $750K
7Yanni GourdeC/LWTampa Bay Lightning $5.17M
8Jared McCannLW/CToronto Maple Leafs$2.94M
9Morgan GeekieRW/CCarolina Hurricanes RFA
10Gavin BayreutherDColumbus Blue JacketsUFA
11Nathan BastianRWNew Jersey Devils $825K
12Jordan EberleRWNew York Islanders$5.5M
13Colin BlackwellCNew York Rangers$725K
14Carsen TwarynskiLWPhiladelphia Flyers RFA
15Brandon TanevLWPittsburgh Penguins$3.5M
16Vitek VanecekGWashington Capitals$717K
17Tyler PitlickCArizona Coyotes$1.75M
18John QuennevilleCChicago Blackhawks$750K
19Joonas DonskoiRWColorado Avalanche$3.9M
20Jamie OleksiakDDallas StarsUFA
21Carson SoucyDMinnesota Wild$2.75M
22Calle JarnkrokRWNashville Predators$2M
23Vince DunnDSt. Louis Blues RFA
24Mason AppletonCWinnipeg Jets$900K
25Haydn FleuryDAnaheim Ducks$1.3M
26Mark GiordanoDCalgary Flames$6.75M
27Adam LarssonDEdmonton Oilers RFA
28Kurtis MacDermidDLos Angeles Kings$875K
29Alexander TrueCSan Jose SharksRFA
30Kole LindRWVancouver CanucksRFA

Giordano, a 37-year-old veteran, was the league’s best defenseman in 2019. He was originally not a drafter and enjoyed the idea of being selected by the Kraken in the expansion draft.

Seattle bypassed several veterans such as Vladimir Tarasenko, Carey Price, Ryan Johansen, Jakub Voracek, Jason Zuker, and Adam Henrique, favouring younger, cheaper players.

For now, one of the top players on the Kraken is goalie Chris Driedger, a 27-year-old who opened eyes with the Panthers last season. He posted a smooth .927 save percentage, the fifth-best in the entire league.  The Kraken signed Driedger to a three-year deal and will have Vitek Vanecek and Joey Daccord as his backups.

Another apparent strength from this draft is on the blue line, where Giordano will be joined by Vince Dunn, former St. Louis Blues. The Kraken had several group options from the Lightning, including Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Ondrej Palat, but opted for Gourde.

Perhaps the most confusing pick was the selection of Gavin Bayreuther from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bayreuther played only nine games less season, while Max Domi (24 points in 54 games) and Dean Kukan (35 games) were also available for selection.

The most feel-good selections by the Kraken were the Fleury brothers, Cale and Haydn.  Cale had a single goal and no assists in 41 games last season, while Haydn had four points in 47 games with Carolina and Anaheim.

The inaugural season for the Kraken is set to begin on October 12 against the Vegas Golden Knights, and the NHL odds seem bright. For those that wish to attend the Kraken home opener at the Climate Pledge Arena, set your calendar to October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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