Seattle Kraken: Introducing the Defense, One Pair At A Time

The third pairing for the Seattle Kraken won't see a ton of minutes, but that doesn't make them any less important.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 22: Haydn Fleury of the Seattle Kraken throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on July 22, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Oakland Athletics won 4-1. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

Seattle Kraken Third Pair

Left Defeseman

Kaapo Kahkonen seemed to be the consensus pick when it came to the Minnesota Wild and the Expansion Draft. Without a doubt, Carson Soucy was the right choice for the Seattle Kraken.

At 6′ 5″ 220 lb, the Viking, Alberta native is the second-largest player on the roster. In other words, he fits the theme Francis and crew are going for. With two years left of team control, the Kraken are going to squeeze all they can from Soucy. The team will lean on him to anchor the third pairing.

Soucy is not a scoring threat and is not a possession defender. He will go into the corners and dig, make the open ice hits, and stop you at the blue line.

Right Defenseman

Undoubtedly there is going to be some competition when the Seattle Kraken open their training camp in a few weeks. As of today’s writing, Jeremy Lauzon is penciled in to start on the right side.

Lauzon comes to the Kraken from the Boston Bruins via the expansion draft. He was drafted by the Bruins in 2015. At 6′ 1″ 204lb he fits the mold of Ron Francis’ backline. He’s not giant but uses his body the way it was built to be used.

Jeremy plays with an edge and is not afraid to muck it up. As a result, Lauzon doesn’t excel in any particular area but he does play a solid all-around game. He can play both sides, left or right. He’s been plagued by injuries, slowing his progress, but the 24-year-old has all the tools to be a solid third pair d-man for the foreseeable future.

If there was going to be a challenge for this spot, it will come from 25-year-old Haydn Fleury. A first-round pick in 2014 by Ron Francis, Fleury has a lot to prove. Clearly, at his age, his career is far from over. It’s put up or shut up time for the oldest of the Fleury brothers. His skill set is perfect for the style Francis and Coach Hakstol want to run. Now he just has to prove that he can consistently deploy those skills.

There will be a battle when camp opens. Cale Fleury, the aforementioned brother of Haydn, will most likely start in the minors. But he is highly offensive-minded, intelligent, and an extremely talented skater. Dennis Cholowski from the Red Wings will be in the mix along with Will Borgen, drafted from Buffalo.

Summary

The Seattle Kraken defense is a strong suit. They drafted from the back out with the hopes that the D would help them win a lot of games. While there will be a few battles on offense for spots, the most interesting action will be the blue-line battles. Pay close attention to, you won’t want to miss this!


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