The Seattle Kraken are ready to officially unveil their roster during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

On Wednesday night, general manager Ron Francis, aided by a plethora of big names including women’s basketball star Sue Bird, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Marshawn Lynch, will announce the 30 guys he’s taking from your favorite team during a broadcast on ESPN.

Until then, who will don the Kraken jersey come October is still a subject of speculation, but that hasn’t stopped the mock drafts to flow, the rumors to swirl and the news to leak out early. Seattle submitted its picks to the NHL before the 10 a.m. ET deadline.

Sporting News is tracking the latest rumored selections and side deals until the Kraken announce the players who will join their lineup.

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Seattle Kraken roster

The Kraken must pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of the 30 players selected must have contracts for 2020-21 and all contracts must be cap compliant (ceiling is $81.5 million). Also, a quick reminder: the Golden Knights are exempt.

TEAM PLAYER POS CAP HIT
Anaheim Ducks  –  –  –
Arizona Coyotes  Tyler Pitlick (reported)  RW  $1.75M
Boston Bruins  Jeremy Lauzon (reported)  D  $850K
Buffalo Sabres  –  –  –
Calgary Flames  Mark Giordano (reported)  D  $6.75M
Carolina Hurricanes  Morgan Geekie (reported)  C/W  RFA
Chicago Blackhawks  –  –  –
Colorado Avalanche  –  –  –
Columbus Blue Jackets  Gavin Bayreuther (reported)  D  UFA
Dallas Stars  –  –  –
Detroit Red Wings  –  –  –
Edmonton Oilers  Adam Larsson (reported)  D  UFA
Florida Panthers  Chris Driedger (reported)  G  UFA
Los Angeles Kings  Kurtis MacDermid (reported)  D  $875K
Minnesota Wild  Carson Soucy (reported)  D  $2.75M
Montreal Canadiens  –  –  –
Nashville Predators  Calle Jarnkrok (reported)  C/W  $2M
New Jersey Devils  Nathan Bastian (reported)  RW  $825K
New York Islanders  –  –  –
New York Rangers  –  –  –
Ottawa Senators  Joey Daccord (reported)  G  $750K
Philadelphia Flyers  –  –  –
Pittsburgh Penguins  –  –  –
San Jose Sharks  Alexander True (reported)  C  RFA
St. Louis Blues  Vince Dunn (reported)  D  RFA
Tampa Bay Lightning  –  –  –
Toronto Maple Leafs  Jared McCann (reported)  C/W  $2.94M
Vancouver Canucks  –  –  –
Washington Capitals  Vitek Vanecek (reported)  G  $717K
Winnipeg Jets  Mason Appleton (reported)  RW  $900K

EXPANSION DRAFT: Protected lists | Players available

NHL Expansion Draft rumors

(All times are Eastern)

12:05 p.m. — Hurricanes defenseman Jake Bean was the assumed pick from Carolina, but Seattle instead goes with Morgan Geekie.

11:58 a.m. — Seattle’s pick from the Jets could indicate Winnipeg negotiated a side deal to stop the Kraken from taking defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

11:53 a.m. — So far Seattle GM Ron Francis has been cautious to avoid bloated contracts.

11:45 a.m. — Seattle has perhaps found its first captain in 37-year-old Mark Giordano, plucked from new Pacific Dvision rival Flames.

11:37 a.m. — Seattle has reportedly sourced its goalies from Florida, Washington and Ottawa.

11:33 a.m. — Kaapo Kahkonen was widely speculated to be one of Seattle’s goalie selections. 

11:30 a.m. — The NHL Expansion Draft has so far been a buzzkill for anyone hoping for chaos. Gabriel Landeskog, a pending UFA, won’t be Seattle’s pick from Colorado.

11:21 a.m. — This means Alex Kerfoot is staying put in Toronto.

11:16 a.m. — Another big name who won’t be headed to Seattle.

11:10 a.m. — It appears Carey Price to Seattle was all talk.

11:07 a.m. — Could Vladimir Tarasenko be at the center of one of today’s biggest side deals?

10:40 a.m. — Brandon Tanev is the Penguins guy? Interesting.

10 a.m. — The Kraken have submitted all the deets to the NHL. Now we wait.

9:57 a.m. — Another pending UFA but time is ticking on when things need to be submitted to the NHL.

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9:05 a.m. — A little shocking that Larsson is not re-signing with the Oilers who reportedly offered him similar money.

9:42 a.m.. — Any thought of the Kraken taking anyone but Gourde appears to be squashed.

8:58 a.m. — The first news comes down. If it is in fact Larsson and Oleksiak, they will be the only players Seattle can select from the Oilers and Stars, respectively.





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