The Seattle Kraken are selecting the first roster in franchise history, which means NHL Expansion Draft leaks are pouring in.
After years of waiting and months filled with speculation, the Seattle Kraken are finally joining the NHL.
Seattle was already a team, as the end of the 2021-22 season marked the dawning of a new era for the NHL. Hockey in Seattle had been announced dating back to 2019, but even though we had a logo reveal and a new stadium built, the Kraken becoming the newest NHL franchise didn’t feel real until the roster started to be put together.
General Manager Ron Francis has been working tirelessly since Saturday to figure out the best possible roster to piece together from the list of players left unprotected by their teams in the NHL Expansion Draft.
NHL Expansion Draft leaks
Here’s a running list of the NHL Expansion Draft leaks that have already trickled in:
Kraken select Calgary Flames captain
Capitals, Panthers, and Senators picks leaked
Gabriel Landeskog won’t be selected by Seattle
Seattle is selecting Vince Dunn, not Vladimir Tarasenko from the Blues
Kraken won’t select Carey Price
Updated Seattle Kraken Roster: Every player selected
While not official until the NHL Expansion Draft happens, here’s what the Seattle Kraken roster looks like and what teams lost which players:
Note: This will be updated as the leaks come in and the roster is made official. It’s subject to change until stated otherwise.
Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie, F
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn, D
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton, F
When is the NHL Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken?
Even though the leaks are pouring in, the NHL Expansion Draft doesn’t actually take place until Wednesday night. The draft will be aired on ESPN2, with extra coverage on NHL Network and TSN, and will begin at 8pm ET.
Start Time: 8pm ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: Fubo.TV