Cuts and Waivers for the Seattle Kraken
The first official game for the Seattle Kraken versus the Vegas Golden Knights is creeping closer and closer. As per NHL rules, the Kraken have to get their team down to 23 active players on their roster. That means the roster has to be trimmed and players have to be cut, sent to the AHL, or back to their Junior teams.
First round of cuts took place about a week ago on September 30th. 5th round pick Jacob Melanson was sent back to his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team, Acadie-Bathurst and almost all of the professional tryout (PTO) players were cut as well.
Second Round of Cuts
The big one of this group was Ryker Evans, the 2nd round pick from this year’s draft. Evans turned heads of fans and coaches alike in his first camp in the NHL. The poise he possessed at his age was NHL-like and the way he integrated into the offense from the left side D slot was seamless. The hockey sense Evans has is not taught, and knowing when to flow into the offense and when not to is a skill that is rare. The Calgary, Alberta native was sent back to Regina where he will most likely star for the Pats this season.
Saturday October 2nd was not a good day for a handful of Kraken-hopefuls. The first ever Kraken player, Luke Henman, was cut along with goalie Antoine Bibeau, defensemen Connor Carrick, Gustav Olofsson, and fan favorite Cale Fleury. Since they were signed to professional contracts, the last four had to pass through waivers, meaning any team that had roster room and cap space could pick them up without penalty.
All four passed through waivers unscathed and were sent to the AHL Charlotte team.
Then, yesterday, Alexander True and Carsen Twarysnki were cut from the big club and cleared waivers making way for their trip to Charlotte to join the others.
What The Roster Looks Like After Cuts
The Kraken play their last preseason game tonight in Vancouver. The team you see on the ice is close to the team you will see on the 12th in Vegas minus a few, obviously. Add to that Colin Blackwell has not played a minute yet and one would have to assume that when he returns he will be worked into the third or fourth line.
Jamie Oleksiak missing is notable but there is nothing to note as to why. Most likely just a day off since his spot next to Giordano is locked in. Carson Soucy, Haydn Fleury, and Jeremy Lauzon are getting extended looks tonight as they are the ones fighting for the last spot. Will Borgen seems to be the odd man out here despite the way he has played. We will be watching the waiver wire today.
Expect Kraken the Ice Podcast Episode Two on Thursday.
More Training Camp News and a Season Preview once the roster is set.
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