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NHL expansion draft: Seattle Kraken unveil 30-man roster

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken officially have a team.

The NHL's 32nd franchise assembled their initial roster by selecting 30 players in the 2021 expansion draft on Wednesday.

Here's a look at their roster, accompanied by each player's age and which team they came from:

Forwards (15):

  • Mason Appleton, 25, Winnipeg Jets
  • Nathan Bastian, 23, New Jersey Devils
  • Colin Blackwell, 28, New York Rangers
  • Joonas Donskoi, 29, Colorado Avalanche
  • Jordan Eberle, 31, New York Islanders
  • Morgan Geekie, 23, Carolina Hurricanes
  • Yanni Gourde, 29, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Calle Jarnkrok, 29, Nashville Predators
  • Kole Lind, 22, Vancouver Canucks
  • Jared McCann, 25, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Tyler Pitlick, 29, Arizona Coyotes
  • John Quenneville, 25, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Brandon Tanev, 29, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Alexander True, 24, San Jose Sharks
  • Carsen Twarynski, 23, Philadelphia Flyers

Defensemen (12):

  • Gavin Bayreuther, 27, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • William Borgen, 24, Buffalo Sabres
  • Dennis Cholowski, 23, Detroit Red Wings
  • Vince Dunn, 24, St. Louis Blues
  • Cale Fleury, 22, Montreal Canadiens
  • Haydn Fleury, 25, Anaheim Ducks
  • Mark Giordano, 37, Calgary Flames
  • Adam Larsson, 28, Edmonton Oilers
  • Jeremy Lauzon, 24, Boston Bruins
  • Kurtis MacDermid, 27, Los Angeles Kings
  • Jamie Oleksiak, 28, Dallas Stars
  • Carson Soucy, 26, Minnesota Wild

Goaltenders (3):

  • Joey Daccord, 24, Ottawa Senators
  • Chris Driedger, 27, Florida Panthers
  • Vitek Vanecek, 25, Washington Capitals

The Kraken operated under the same rules as the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft in 2017, selecting at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Twenty of the 30 players chosen must be under contract for the 2021-22 season with an "aggregate value that is between 60-100 percent" of the salary cap ceiling.

The Kraken are expected to open their season in Vegas, with their home opener scheduled for Oct. 23 against the Vancouver Canucks at Climate Pledge Arena.

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