Seattle Kraken NHL Expansion Draft Projected Picks from TheFHN

The Seattle Kraken are closing in on rounding out their inaugural season roster with the NHL expansion draft scheduled for July 21st. At The Faceoff Hockey Network, we thought it would be fun to see what the thoughts of who Seattle picks would be from our team. While the “protected” lists have not released yet as the deadline is July 16th, we decided to take an early shot at the draft predictions utilizing CapFriendly.com’s projections.

Before we jump into our picks, let’s take a look at the particulars to this expansion draft

2021 Seattle Kraken NHL Expansion Draft Rules

Draft rules will be the same as the Vegas Golden Knights NHL Expansion Draft

  • Seattle will draft 30 total players with Vegas being exempt from the draft in its entirety
  • A minimum of 20 players drafted must be under contract for the 2021-22 regular season
  • The players drafted must have contract cap value between 60% and 100% of the 2020-21 salary cap
  • At least 14 forwards, at least 9 defensemen, and at least 3 goalies must be drafted
  • One player from each team must be selected during the expansion draft
  • Trades can occur similar to what we saw with the Vegas draft but one player must still be selected from the team
  • From July 18th-21st the Kraken will have an exclusive window to negotiate and sign unprotected UFAs and RFAs
  • If the Kraken sign a player in their exclusive window it counts as their pick from that players’ former team
For the NHL teams required to participate in the expansion draft:
  • Teams can protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters (F/D) and 1 goalie
  • All players with no movement clauses and those who decline to waive those clauses, must be protected
  • All first- and second-year players, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection
  • NHL teams must also meet the following minimum requirements regarding players exposed
    • One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) played in at least 40 NHL games the prior season or played in at least 70 NHL games in the prior two seasons
    • Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) played at least 40 NHL games the prior season or played in at least 70 NHL games in the prior two seasons
    • One goalie who is under contract in 2021-22 or will be a restricted free agent at the end of his current contract immediately prior to 2021-22
    • Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a team’s player exposure requirements unless approval is received from the NHL

Who are the players on the Seattle Kraken’s radar?

We used CapFriendly’s Draft Simulator with their current projections for protected and exempt to put together our draft choices. Keep in mind we do not know yet the protected lists and will revisit this if the changes are drastically different from what CapFriendly is using.


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FORWARDS (16)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
ANAAdam HenriqueC31$5,825,000’23-24 UFA
CHIBrett ConnollyRW/LW29$3,500,000’22-23 UFA
BOSCraig SmithRW/C31$3,100,000’22-23 UFA
PITJared McCannLW/C25$2,940,000’21-22 RFA
DETRichard PanikLW/RW30$2,750,000’22-23 UFA
STLOskar SundqvistC/RW27$2,750,000’22-23 UFA
NASCalle JarnkrokF29$2,000,000’21-22 UFA
EDMKyle TurrisC31$1,650,000’21-22 UFA
TBMathieu JosephF24$737,500’21-22 RFA
NYRColin BlackwellC/RW28$725,000’21-22 UFA
WASDaniel SprongRW24$725,000’21-22 RFA
LAKTrevor MooreRW/LW26RFA
MTLEric StaalC36UFA
OTTMatthew PecaLW/C28UFA
NYIKieffer BellowsC/LW23RFA
VANTyler GraovacC28UFA

DEFENSEMAN (11)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
NJDP.K. SubbanRD32$9,000,000’21-22 UFA
MINMatt DumbaRD26$6,000,000’22-23 UFA
FLAAnton StralmanRD34$5,500,000’21-22 UFA
CALChris TanevRD31$4,500,000’23-24 UFA
PHIShayne GostibehereLD28$4,500,000’22-23 UFA
COLDevon ToewsLD27$4,100,000’23-24 UFA
BUFColin MillerRD28$3,875,000’22-23 UFA
SJSRadim SimekLD28$2,250,000’23-24 UFA
WINSami NikuRD24$725,000’21-22 RFA
DALJulius HonkaRD25RFA
TORZach BogosianRD30UFA

GOALTENDERS (3)

TEAMPLAYERAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
CARAlex Nedeljkovic25RFA
AZAntti Raanta32UFA
CBJCam Johnson26RFA

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FORWARDS (17)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
EDMJames NealRW/LW33$5,750,000’22-23 UFA
CALMikael BacklundC32$5,350,000’23-24 UFA
WINJansen HarkinsLW24$725,000’21-22 RFA
BOSCraig SmithRW/C31 $3,100,000’22-23 UFA
PITJared McCannLW/C25$2,940,000’21-22 RFA
STLOskar SundqvistC/RW27$2,750,000’22-23 UFA
BUFCody EakinC30$2,250,000’21-22 UFA
CARJesper FastRW29$2,000,000’22-23 UFA
VANZack MacEwenC/RW24$825,000’21-22 RFA
LAKMartin FrkRW27$725,000’21-22 UFA
NYIJoshua Ho-SangRW/C25UFA
OTTMatthew PecaLW/C28UFA
NYRJulien GauthierC23RFA
FLASam BennettF25RFA
CBJRyan MacInnisC25UFA
SJSKurtis GabrielRW28UFA
NASErik HaulaC/LW30UFA

DEFENSEMAN (10)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
MINMatt DumbaRD26$6,000,000’22-23 UFA
PHIShayne GostisbehereLD28$4,500,000’22-23 UFA
COLRyan GravesLD26$3,166,667’22-23 UFA
ANAKevin ShattenkirkRD32$3,900,000’22-23 UFA
MTLBen ChiarotLD30$3,500,000’21-22 UFA
TBJan RuttaRD30$1,300,000’21-22 UFA
WASTrevor VanRiemsdykRD29$950,000’22-23 UFA
CHIRiley StillmanLD23$773,333’23-24 RFA
NJDColton WhiteLD24RFA
DETMarc StaalLD34UFA

GOALTENDERS (3)

TEAMPLAYERAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
DALAnton Khudobin35$3,333,333’22-23 UFA
TORDavid Rittich28UFA
AZAdin Hill25RFA

Pair at the Point

We’ve got trade predictions!
Predators trade a 2nd (#50) and a 4th (#114) to Seattle for the selection of Matt Duchene.
Flyers trade a 2nd (#45) to Seattle for the selection of Jake Voracek.
Lightning trade their 1st in 2022 to Seattle for the selection of Tyler Johnson.

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
PHIJakub VoracekRW/LW31$8,250,000’23-24 UFA
NSHMatt DucheneC/LW30$8,000,000’25-26 UFA
PITJason ZuckerLW/RW29$5,500,000’22-23 UFA
MTLJonathan DrouinLW26$5,500,000’22-23 UFA
TBTyler JohnsonRW/C30$5,000,000’23-24 UFA
WINMason AppletonRW/C25$900,000’21-22 RFA
VANZack MacEwenC/RW24$825,000’21-22 RFA
CARSteven LorentzC/LW25$725,000’21-22 RFA
NYRColin BlackwellC/RW28$725,000’21-22 UFA
DALJason DickinsonC/LW26RFA
NJDMichael McLeodC23RFA
NYIKieffer BellowsC/LW23RFA
SJSRyan DonatoLW/C25RFA
BUFRasmus AsplundC/LW23RFA
ANAAlexander VolkovLW/RW23RFA

DEFENSEMAN (11)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
MINMatt DumbaRD26$6,000,000’22-23 UFA
COLRyan GravesRD26$3,166,667’22-23 UFA
TORJustin HollRD29$2,000,000’22-23 UFA
DETTroy StecherRD27$1,700,000’21-22 UFA
CBJDean KukanRD27$1,650,000’21-22 UFA
CHIRiley StillmanLD23$1,350,000’23-24 RFA
EDMCaleb JonesLD24$850,000’21-22 RFA
BOSJeremy LauzonLD/RD24$850,000’21-22 RFA
LAKKale ClagueLD23RFA
CALOliver KylingtonLD24RFA
STLVince DunnLD/RD24RFA

GOALTENDERS (4)

TEAMPLAYERAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
OTTAnton Forsberg28$900,000’21-22 UFA
WASVitek Vanecek25$716,667’21-22 RFA
FLAChris Driedger27UFA
AZAdin Hill25RFA

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FORWARDS (15)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
DETFrans NielsenC/LW37$5,250,000’21-22 UFA
TBTyler JohnsonRW/C30$5,000,000’23-24 UFA
VANAntoine RousselLW31$3,000,000’21-22 UFA
PITJared McCannLW/C25$2,940,000’21-22 RFA
NASLuke KuninRW/C23$2,300,000’21-22 RFA
FLANoel AcciariRW/C29$1,666,667’21-22 UFA
EDMJosh ArchibaldRW/LW28$1,500,000’21-22 UFA
LAKAustin WagnerRW/LW24$1,133,333’22-23 RFA
PHINicolas Aube-KubelRW25$1,075,000’21-22 RFA
WASAxel Johnsson-FjallbyLW23$750,000’22-23 RFA
WINJansen HarkinsLW/C24$725,000’21-22 RFA
NYIAnthony BeauvillierLW24RFA
OTTRyan DzingelF29UFA
STLIvan BarbashevC/LW25RFA
MTLArtturi LehkonenLW/RW26RFA

DEFENSEMAN (12)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
CALChris TanevRD31$4,500,000’24-25 UFA
ANAKevin ShattenkirkRD32$3,900,000’22-23 UFA
COLRyan GravesLD26$3,166,667’22-23 UFA
SJSRadim SimekLD28$2,250,000’23-24 UFA
AZIlya LyubushkinRD27$1,350,000’21-2 UFA
CHIRiley StillmanLD23$1,350,000’23-24 RFA
NYRAnthony BitettoLD30$737,500’21-22 UFA
CBJGabriel CarlssonLD24$725,000’21-22 RFA
DALSami VatanenLD/RD30UFA
BOSMike ReillyLD27UFA
NJDConnor CarrickRD27UFA
BUFJake McCabeLD27UFA

GOALTENDERS (3)

TEAMPLAYERAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
MINCam Talbot34$3,666,667’22-23 UFA
TORDavid Rittich28UFA
CARAlex Nedeljkovic25RFA

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FORWARDS (16)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
CALMilan LucicLW33$5,250,000’22-23 UFA
COLJoonas DonskoiRW29$3,900,000’22-23 UFA
OTTChris TierneyC27$3,500,000’21-22 UFA
TORAlexander KerfootC/LW26$3,500,000’22-23 UFA
BOSCraig SmithRW/C31$3,100,000’22-23 UFA
DETRobby FabbriLW/C25$2,950,000’21-22 UFA
NJDMiles WoodLW25$2,750,000’21-22 RFA
BUFCody EakinC30$2,250,000’21-22 UFA
LAKAdrian KempeLW/RW24$2,000,000’21-22 RFA
EDMKyle TurrisC31$1,650,000’21-22 UFA
VANTyler MotteLW/RW26$1,225,000’21-22 UFA
PHINicolas Aube-KubelRW25$1,075,000’21-22 RFA
CHIRyan CarpenterRW/C30$1,000,000’21-22 UFA
NYRKevin RooneyRW/C28$750,000’21-22 UFA
PITSam LaffertyC/LW26$750,000’21-22 UFA
WINJansen HarkinsLW/C24$725,000’21-22 UFA

DEFESEMAN (11)

TEAMPLAYERPOSITIONAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
CARJake GardinerLD31$4,050,000’22-23 UFA
ANAKevin ShattenkirkRD32$3,900,000’22-23 UFA
STLMarco ScandellaLD31$3,275,000’23-24 UFA
TBErik CernakRD24$2,950,000’22-23 RFA
FLAMarkus NutivaaraRD27$2,700,000’21-22 UFA
WASMichal KempnyLD30$2,500,000’21-22 UFA
SJSRadim SimekLD28$2,250,000’23-24 UFA
MTLBrett KulakLD27$1,850,000’21-22 UFA
CBJDean KukanRD28$1,650,000’21-22 UFA
NYIScott MayfieldRD28$1,450,000’22-23 UFA
NASMatthew BenningRD27$1,000,000’21-22 UFA

GOALTENDERS (3)

TEAMPLAYERAGECONTRACTCONTRACT END
AZDarcy Kuemper31$4,500,000’21-22 UFA
MINCam Talbot34$3,666,667’22-23 UFA
DALAnton Khudobin35$3,333,333’22-23 UFA

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