And So It Begins…
“The waiting is the hardest part.” And now, the wait is over. At around 10 am on September 23rd, 2021 the Seattle Kraken became real. After almost three years since the NHL awarded Seattle a team, media and fans alike got their first look at the team. The excitement was palpable.
Half the team took the ice in the first session. Marisa Ingemi, Seattle Times reporter and new PNW resident was there doing some awesome updates for those of us that couldn’t be there. Please follow her on twitter and read her columns!
On one hand, it’s the first day, and these line combinations mean nothing. Despite that, the line of Schwartz, McCann, and Eberle is intriguing. There was a video of one drill featuring them that really shined. McCann and Eberle, especially, showed some great chemistry early on.
Giordano and Oleksiak were paired which made sense and all reports had Giordano skating circles around almost everyone. In reality, this is no surprise seeing as he works extremely hard off the ice.
Apart from that, the first few days will be the players feeling each other out and the coaches feeling the players out. Drills were run, plenty of goals were scored, and Joey Daccord gave a practice puck to a little kid.
The afternoon session didn’t have the star power of the first, but it did have some news. Colin Blackwell was missing with a lower body issue, Hakstol said it’s day-to-day. The second session shaped up like this:
On the other hand, Yanni Gourde was on the ice in a red non-contact jersey which is a good sign. What this means is that his rehab is on schedule and the Kraken could see him suit up earlier than the expected December date they had set.
Tanev was all over the ice and had an active stick. He battled with Larsson often.
Even watching the updates on twitter, the excitement surrounding this event was electric. The next few days news will be coming fast a furiously. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day.
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