Good morning, Preds fans!
Thanks to Twitter, many Seattle Kraken draft picks are leaking prior to tonight’s live expansion draft (at 7 PM Central).
We’ve started a live thread with updates as we’re seeing them...
Seattle has come to terms with Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak:
Early word is #SeaKraken are closing in on contracts with two UFA defensemen: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL).— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
Not finalized. But barring any last minute change, the expectation is those players will be the selections from #Oilers and #GoStars.@DFOHockey
Carey Price remains part of the Montreal Canadiens:
Gabriel Landeskog remains a UFA...
The Kraken did not sign/select pending UFA star winger Gabriel Landeskog. So he remains a pending UFA, either headed to market July 28 or re-signing with the Avs if Colorado circles back before then and can bridge the sizeable gap that remains.@TSNHockey @TheAthletic— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 21, 2021
Toronto traded for McCann, exposed him, and now he’s a Kraken:
His stay was short-lived in Toronto. The #SeaKraken will be selecting Jared McCann from the #Leafs.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
The end result: Toronto traded prospect Filip Hallander and a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh to essentially protect their roster from Seattle.@DFOHockey
The goalie selections will include Joey Daccord from Ottawa:
...And Vitek Vanecek from Washington and Chris Driedger from the Panthers:
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames captain, is a Kraken:
BREAKING - I can confirm that the Seattle Kraken have chosen Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano as their pick at the Expansion Draft, to be announced this evening.— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) July 21, 2021
Vince Dunn is the choice from St. Louis, not Vladimir Tarasenko:
I had to ask Eamon if this is a real Flyers player:
There was a lot of intrigue about whether #SeaKraken would be tempted to take one of the high-priced players the #Flyers dangled.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
Hearing the selection was a bit of a surprise: Carsen Twarynski.
Can honestly say I didn't see him plucked in many mock drafts. @DFOHockey
Meanwhile, here’s the news we all expected:
Hearing the #SeaKraken preserved more valuable cap space by passing on Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene in Nashville.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2021
Belief is they will select Calle Järnkrok instead.
Jordan Eberle from the Islanders is now a Kraken:
Hearing a rumor that Seattle will take (or I suppose at this point, has taken) Jordan Eberle from the Islanders. We shall see tonight...— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) July 21, 2021
And from Winnipeg, Mason Appleton (and a JFreshHockey chart):
Hmmm, Morgan Geekie from Carolina:
And...Joonas Donskoi from the Avs:
A surprise from Columbus:
Curious to see who #SeaKraken wanted from the multitude of blueliners available from Boston with new assistant coach Jay Leach's insight.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
Sounds like the pick from #NHLBruins will be Jeremy Lauzon.@DFOHockey
The picks are coming in fast and furious now. Is there any point in watching the live show tonight? Nah. Here’s the pick from the Kings:
Here’s another JFreshHockey card for New Jersey’s pick:
Tyler Pitlick from Dallas:
I am seeing reports of defenseman Carson Soucy being drafted from Minnesota:
Sources say the Kraken have taken defenseman Carson Soucy from the #mnwild.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 21, 2021
Wild's top-5 D is now a top-3 of Brodin-Spurgeon-Dumba. Wild will need at least 3 NHL defensemen in free agency, plus a depth guy IMO, to push Calen Addison.
From Vancouver, Kole Lind:
Something interesting from the Rangers:
Hearing Seattle is going to take Colin Blackwell from #NYR ... but there could be a trade in the works (for D Mark Giordano?) that changes the pick and allows Rangers to keep Blackwell.— Rick Carpiniello (@RickCarpiniello) July 21, 2021
Me, being dumb, forgot Joonas Donskoi was with the Avs (now Seattle) and not San Jose. Here’s San Jose’s choice:
This makes sense re: the Rangers. We would know about any trades tonight (or later this week):
Based on everything we've seen so far today, Seattle's building a solid blue line so it makes sense that the #NYR would try to swing some sort of a deal to bolster their defense, whether it's Giordano or another back.— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) July 21, 2021
As of 12:30 Central, we are missing information for the Penguins, Blackhawks, Sabres, Red Wings, and Lightning.
As of 12:31 Central: