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How Good Will The Seattle Kraken Be This Season?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Nick Suzuki said he was relieved — and maybe a little confused — when the Seattle Kraken decided against picking Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in the expansion draft last July.

He wasn’t the only one.

Hockey fans had a similar reaction when GM Ron Francis passed on Vladimir Tarasenko and James van Riemsdyk, along with other big-name stars, and instead chose players who were younger, less-established and who carried a smaller cap hit and contract term. For a team that is hoping to win fans — and games — right out of the gate, it seemed like a strange strategy. But if you think the NHL’s 32nd franchise will finish in 32nd place overall this year, think again.

“I liked their draft,” said Suzuki. “I think if they can piece it all together and gel, they’ll have a good season.”

Talk to most players around the league and this is what you’ll hear about the NHL’s newest franchise. Most believe the Kraken, who cobbled together its roster from the spare parts of its competitors, will be immediately impressive. Most wouldn’t be surprised if the Kraken challenge for a playoff spot. Some are even predicting an overnight success that is similar to what Vegas experienced.

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Comments

TreKronor's avatar

For some reason I don’t expect them to be as good as Vegas was. I think teams had a better time planning their rosters for the expansion draft given their experience last time.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/09/21 at 11:57 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

Better than the Wings, not as good as Vegas were or are.

Posted by Steeb on 10/09/21 at 03:16 PM ET

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