Breaking: Seattle Kraken expansion draft set for July 21

The Seattle Kraken now have an official date set to shape the future of their franchise. NHL scheduling has placed the expansion draft for July 21 followed by the NHL draft for July 23 and 24.

Seattle Kraken expansion draft set for July 21, 2021

Ron Francis has assuredly been planning and projecting who may be available to him via the expansion rules. Here’s what he and the Seattle Kraken are dealing with:

  • 40 games requirement is now 27 games played
  • 70 games requirement is now 54 games played
  • Teams can either protect 7 forwards, 3 defenseman, and 1 goalie
  • Or 8 skaters and 1 goalie
  • Teams are required to expose at least 2 forwards, 1 defenseman, 1 goalie
  • Players with a NMC must be protected unless player waives it
  • First and Second years pros are exempt
  • Seattle must select one player from each team
  • Seattle must hit at least 60% of the salary cap

Projecting some key players that could be a Seattle Kraken

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Kraken GM Ron Francis (CP)

There’s been tons of projections for what the Seattle Kraken may look like for the 2021-22 season. Based on some of the great work done at The Athletic, Sportsnet, The Hockey News, and other sites here’s my predictions:

Key Forwards:

  • TJ Oshie
  • Vincent Trocheck
  • Ondrej Kase
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Vlad Namestnikov
  • Jesse Puljujarvi

Key Defenseman:

  • PK Subban
  • Brent Burns
  • Shayne Gostibehere
  • Devon Toews

Key Goalies:

  • Anton Khudobin
  • Jake Allen