Before on this blog, I did a mock draft by team, but in that mock draft the Seattle Kraken were not included, so i will be doing a mock draft with the Seattle Kraken because the Kraken should be very active at the draft.
Expansion Draft Trades:
acquire CAR 2022 1st round pick to not select Vincent Trocheck, or Nino Neiderreiter.
acquire COL 2022 2nd round pick to not select Ryan Graves.
acquire Keith Yandle from FLA for 2021 3rd round pick.
acquire MIN’s 2021 1st round pick to protect Spurgeon/Suter/Dumba/Brodin.
acquire 2021 3rd round pick, 2022 3rd round pick to protect Cizkas, Clutterbuck
acquire Tyler Johnson, Ross Colton for 2021 3rd round pick.
acquire Brenden Dillon, 3rd round pick ’21 from WSH to protect Vitek Vanecek.
Post Expansion Draft Trades
trades Kyle Palmieri, Jamie Oleksiak, Taro Hirose to the Ottawa Senators for Logan Brown, 2021 2nd round pick.
trades Shayne Gostisbehere, Carl Hagelin to the Boston Bruins for Nick Ritchie, 2021 1st round pick.
trades David Savard, Nick Merkley to the Calgary Flames for Dillon Dube, 2021 2nd rd pick (sign and trade).
trades Michael Bunting, Dylan Gambrell, Nic Paul to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Emil Benstrom, Cliff Pu, 2022 4th round pick.
trades Blake Lizotte, Antoine Roussel, Travis Dermott to the Chicago Blackhawks for Julien Gauthier, 2022 3rd round pick, 2023 3rd round pick.
trades Paul Stastny to the Detroit Red Wings for 2022 2nd round pick.
trades Petr Mrazek to the Minnesota Wild for 2021 3rd rd pick.
trades Vince Dunn to the Dallas Stars for 2021 2nd round pick.
Post Expansion Draft Roster:
Spares: H. Fleury, R. Asplund, J. Gauthier
Seattle’s 2021 Draft Picks
The Seattle Kraken had 8 picks in the first 3 rounds of the 2021 draft, and used those picks to select some prospects that may one day become an important part of the team’s future. With their first ever draft pick, they select Matthew Beniers, a terrific two-way center who is compared to Patrice Bergeron. Beniers could be ready to play a top 6 role on the Kraken as soon as the 2022-23 season. Sasha Pastujov is selected with their 2nd first round pick in the draft; he is gifted playmaking winger, who should be a top 6 winger for them in no time.
The Kraken had 4 second round picks in the draft; they selected Samu Tuomaala, Logan Mailloux, Cole Huckins, and Roman Schmidt, all solid prospects who need time to develop but will be impact players in the league. Tuomaala is a versatile forward who plays all three forward positions and Cole Huckins is a defensive-minded center, who is a pain to play against. Logan Mailloux and Roman Schmidt are two big defenseman that could one day become the top pair for the team. In the 3rd round, the Kraken draft Colton Dach, a gritty power forward with tons of offensive upside and Robert Baco a big power forward with some offensive upside. In the 4th round, the Kraken draft Daniil Lazutin, a player with first round talent, but slid due to the Russian factor and inconsistency. The Seattle Kraken decided a good mix of skill and size because they want to build build a team that is tough to play against.
Related: Part 2 of my mock draft by team
Related: 2021 Mock Draft (Part 2)