The Seattle Kraken expansion draft is set for Wednesday, and we now have a better idea of who could join the NHL's newest team.
The Sharks on Sunday released their official list of protected players the Kraken won't be able to select from, and it of course includes some big names. But San Jose also exposed 15 players.
Here are which Sharks players experts believe could join Seattle.
Why: "I haven’t backed off my stance that the Sharks’ group of available players is weak enough that Seattle may as well break the tie by adding a local boy for their fourth line."
Why: "The forward from Bonney Lake was my initial choice, and I’m not abandoning the homegrown train now. Cap hit: $1.1 million."
Why: "Donato is a versatile middle six forward coming off consecutive 20-point seasons (in just 112 games). His 47 shot attempts from the slot and the crease at even strength were the third-most on the Sharks last season and accounted for than half of his scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Those high-danger shot attempts also created 17 rebounds, tying him for the fifth-most second-chance opportunities in the NHL last season."
Why: "Born in Washington State not far from Seattle, Gambrell would be an interesting hometown choice."