The NHL released all the protected lists of every team today. Included are all the available players that the Seattle Kraken can pick from on Wednesday, July 21st.
Ron Francis now has a plethora of players to choose from. Does he select PK Subban from the NJ Devils to be the star of his blue-line? Does he take two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick to be his #1 goalie? Or what about Vladimir Tarasenko as his elite scoring winger?
Seattle ownership has already given Francis the green light to spend to the cap ceiling, but it is unlikely he will do so. It’s also highly unlikely that he would spend all of it during the expansion draft and not leave some room for free agency on July 28th.
Let’s look at some of the big names available to Seattle.
Seattle Kraken high profile pick list (under contract)
Below are list of high profile names left unprotected who are under contract. Not all teams are shown and UFA’s like Gabriel Landeskog are not noted as well. All protected and unprotected players can be found here.
- Anaheim Ducks: Adam Henrique, Kevin Shattenkirk
- Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon, Curtis Lazar
- Buffalo Sabres: Jeff Skinner, Kyle Okposo, Zemgus Girgensons
- Calgary Flames: Matt Giordano, Mian Lucic
- Carolina Hurricanes: Nino Niederreiter
- Chicago Blackhawks: Calvin DeHaan
- Colorado Avalanche: Erik Johnson
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Max Domi
- Dallas Stars: Ben Bishop
- Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Klefbom, Mikko Koskinen
- LA Kings: Jonathan Quick, Brendan Lemieux
- Minnesota Wild: Victor Rask
- Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price, Shea Weber, Jonathan Drouin
- Nashville Predators: Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansson
- NJ Devils: PK Subban
- NY Islanders: Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle
- Ottawa Senators: Matt Murray
- Philadelphia Flyers: James Van Reimsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Shayne Gostisbehere
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev
- San Jose Sharks: Martin Jones
- St. Louis Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko, Vince Dunn
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Alex Killorn, Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Alex Kerfoot, Travis Dermott
- Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, Braden Holtby
- Washington Capitals: Brendan Dillon, Justin Schultz, Carl Hagelin
- Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton
Happy drafting Seattle.