The Vegas Golden Knights took a Fleury in the 2017 expansion draft and reached the Stanley Cup Closing in their first season.
The Seattle Kraken presented two Fleurys on Wednesday evening all over the expansion draft for the NHL’s 32nd team.
Of direction, brothers Haydn (Anaheim Geese) and Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) are no longer huge title goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, however the Kraken did assemble an provocative team when general manager Ron Francis chosen 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders.
There’s peaceable an entry draft, free agency and trades to scurry earlier than the fleshy roster takes shape, however here are the winners and losers from the Kraken’s expansion draft:
Francis: He acknowledged earlier than the expansion draft that wage cap space become once his greatest asset and he has assembled a team that in step with Capfriendly.com, has nearly $29 million on hand to use. He persuaded free brokers Chris Driedger, Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak to hitch the team. He has stable organizational depth on protection and he picked versatile gamers who can circulate up and down the forward lineup.
Tag Giordano: The feeble Calgary Flames captain and Norris Trophy winner will establish a management feature on the Kraken. And if Seattle doesn’t establish off in its first season, he would possibly per chance perchance pause up going to a contender as a pending unrestricted free agent.
Yanni Gourde: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper began Gourde’s third line in playoff games for a motive. He’s a excessive-energy participant who can chip in key targets. He would possibly per chance perchance turn out to be the face of this franchise.
Fans of bodily play: Larsson, Oleksiak, Brandon Tanev and Nathan Bastian performed in the top 30 in the NHL in hits closing season. Kurtis MacDermid is willing to descend the gloves.
St. Louis Blues: Francis can contain taken Vladimir Tarasenko and flipped him for sources. Nevertheless he did not, and the Blues will most certainly be ready to get some type of return for the excessive-scoring participant who’s coming off a couple ruin-crammed seasons.
ESPN: The NHL’s novel broadcast partner had a much debut, once the wi-fi mic anxiety become once mounted. Even supposing the roster had been leaked all over the direction of the day, Chris Fowler and Dominic Moore kept issues energetic and the taped standups by Kevin Weekes were stress-free. It become once good to feature all the famed locations in Seattle and contain famed Seattle athletes help teach the picks. Having an octopus demonstrate the Detroit Crimson Wings establish become once a standard.
Lack of huge title energy: Rather a lot of immense names with immense salaries were on hand, including Carey Trace, Ryan Johansen, Tarasenko, James van Riemsdyk and others. Nevertheless Francis refrained from these gamers. His greatest-title gamers are Giordano, Gourde and Jordan Eberle. Nevertheless huge title energy is rarely undoubtedly as valuable for expansion teams. The Kraken will sell out, regardless, and the team will kind its own stars.
Goaltending inexperience: Marc-Andre Fleury had done nearly 700 games when the Golden Knights chose him. The Kraken’s three goalies – Chris Driedger, Vitek Vanecek and Joey Daccord – contain 84 games. The first two had standout 2021 seasons, however if either regresses, that would possibly per chance perchance spell wretchedness.
Quandary of origin gamers: Everett, Washington, native T.J. Oshie made definite he needed to verify with the Washington Capitals and become once valid. Francis passed on Washington natives Tyler Johnson and Dylan Gambrell. Nevertheless Driedger and Morgan Geekie did play their junior hockey for the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington.
Toronto Maple Leafs: They gave up a prospect and a seventh-spherical establish to land Jared McCann, then uncovered him and lost him in the expansion draft. McCann would were a pleasant addition, however at the least the Maple Leafs held on to Alexander Kerfoot. They uncovered each and every gamers after deciding on to offer protection to a fourth defenseman, Justin Holl.
Alberta teams: The Flames and Edmonton Oilers will wish to face Giordano and Larsson loads next season. The Flames can contain received a pleasant return for Giordano had he stayed. The Oilers were unable to negotiate a brand novel handle Larsson, however he received a reported four-year, $16 million contract with Seattle.