Tuesday, 20 July 2021

All Set For The Draft

If you're not ready for the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft tomorrow, you might be the only one on the planet not ready for it. There have been mock drafts done by almost every publication and media person in hockey. There have been blog articles upon blog articles upon mainstream media pieces upon video analysis of players available and who the Kraken should select. There has been speculation, prognostications, and predictions on what the final Seattle Kraken roster will look like after Wednesday night, but it will happen tomorrow evening as NHL teams brace for players they once called their own to stare them down from the Pacific Northwest. The thirty-second NHL team is poised to announce their team. Are you?

I ask that with some tongue in cheek because everyone knows this was coming, but there are differing opinions all over the place. I've jumped the gun a little and updated the Seattle Kraken NHL Hockey image already, so there's one less thing you need to do if you want to use this as your template. See the update below.
Florida's Chris Driegder has reportedly agreed to a deal with Seattle already, so it would seem that we know who is being chosen from the Florida Panthers. There was another interesting clip shown from a fish market today where Alex Kerfoot's name was mentioned, but that one seems less sure than the Driedger news. Keep an eye on that developing story tomorrow as Alex Kerfoot could also be a Kraken before Wednesday night is done.

What is certain is that the Kraken will submit their list of chosen players to the NHL in the morning, and those choices will be announced in the evening. GMs who are looking to save players from being chosen will need to work the phones tonight with Ron Francis if they have any hope of making a deal to keep players, and it will be interesting to see which teams caved to protect their current rosters as best as they can.

For the first time in their history, however, the Seattle Kraken will have enough players under their control to ice a team for an NHL game. It seems like this has been coming for a long time, but it's finally here. The only question that remains are which players will be in a Kraken uniform for 2021-22?

We find out tomorrow at 8pm ET on Sportsnet and ESPN2!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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