F: Evgeni Dadonov, Colin White, Connor Brown, Chris Tierny, Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Logan Brown
D: Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Victor Mete
G: Matt Murray
Notable exposed: Filip Gustavsson, Auston Watson, Nick Paul, Jonathan Davidson
Selection: Filip Gustavsson
The Ottawa Senators are a very young team. The option to have a young goaltender like Gustafsson outweighs the potential value from Watson or Davidson on this list, as the Kraken will have likely drafted very similar role players by this point.
This offers Seattle a young goaltender that could eventually become a #1 for them down the line.
F: Claude Giroux, Kevin Hayes, Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Oska Lindblom, James Van Reimsdyk, Scott Laughton
D: Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Ryan Ellis
G: Carter Hart
Notable exposed: Shayne Gostisbehere, Justin Braun, Jakub Voracek,
Selection: Jakub Voracek
As much as his offensive implication might have withered over the last few season, perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what Voracek needs in order get back to elite offensive output.
When it was first reported that the Flyers wouldn’t be protecting Voracek, it became evident that they were looking to recoup his 8.25M Cap hit and reinvest it elsewhere, due to the emergence of Joel Farabee.
This opportunity offers Seattle their chance to have an offensive star in their inaugural season, which is rather rare for an expansion club.
F: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust, Brandon Tanev, Kasperi Kapanen
D: Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson
G: Tristan Jarry
Notable exposed: Michael Matheson, Jeff Carter, Aston-Reese, Jason Zucker
Selection: Zach Aston-Reese
With he following choice between Aston-Reese and Matheson, it would be plausible to assume Seattle will take the player with the most upside and the least amount of risk. Matheson’s contract likely pushes Ron Francis toward Aston-Reese, who is quite a get for the new franchise.
He performed admirably for Pittsburgh and has excellent underlying stats. He could be challenged to play in a middle-6 role with Seattle while taking on key defensive responsibilities.
San Jose Sharks
F: Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc, Ryan Donato, Rudolph Balcers
D: Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Marc-Édouard Vlasic
G: Adin Hill
Notable exposed: Radim Simek, Jonathan Dahlen, Martin Jones
Selection: Jonathan Dahlen
San Jose has most of their talent lined up in 8 players, a long call away from the stacked rosters of day’s past. With the slim pickings available here, Seattle moves to select Jonathan Dahlen, another young player who would just need an opportunity in order to get a shot in an NHL top-9.
He’s put up great numbers in HockeyAllsvenskan in Sweden for Timra, leading them in scoring and helping them reach a promotion into the SHL. Dahlen would get to immediately come into a Expansion club and get an immediate opportunity to earn a top-6 role.
St. Louis Blues
F: Ryan O’Reilly, Brayen Schenn, David Perron, Samuel Blais, Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, Sammy Blais
D: Justin Faulk, Torey Krug, Colton Parayko
G: Jordam Binnington
Notable exposed: Marco Scandella, Vince Dunn, Oskar Sundqvist, Ivan Barbashev
Selection: Vince Dunn
Don’t be fooled by Tarasenko’s exposure. I would honestly doubt that Seattle would take the risk of taking on his contract this early on. Besides, St Louis has some good options for selections, and Vince Dunn has some really good potential to flourish elsewhere. He has legit top-4 potential and is still only 24.
He seems to have lost favour in St Louis, but in the right setting in Seattle, he could regain his top-4 role and could flourish. Look for him to get a real shot at the top-4 in Seattle and see him return to the powerplay, where he was at his best in St. Louis.