The Seattle Kraken announced the results of the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft Wednesday night outdoors at Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington on ESPN2 in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada, despite several NHL Insiders getting a hold of Seattle’s selections shortly after the Kraken turned in their picks to the league on Wednesday morning.
Seattle had to meet several requirements and select no more than one player from 30 out of the 31 other NHL franchises as the Vegas Golden Knights were exempted from the league’s latest round of expansion.
The Kraken had to draft at least 14 forwards, nine defenders and three goaltenders with a minimum of 20 players under contract for 2021-22 while being between 60-100% of the NHL’s $81.500 million salary cap in the process.
Kraken General Manager, Ron Francis, was allowed to talk to exposed pending-free agents prior to the draft and secured a few contracts in the process– thereby selecting said players as a result and counting towards the 30-player roster in the expansion draft.
Seattle’s selections were announced by division in alphabetical order by team, starting with the Boston Bruins of the Atlantic Division and so on until they finished the night with the teams that makeup the Pacific Division.
We’ve taken the liberty of sorting the draft results by forwards, defenders and goaltenders in the order they were announced.
This post will be updated with stats and information on each player after the draft.
Tampa Bay Lightning– C Yanni Gourde
Toronto Maple Leafs– C Jared McCann
Carolina Hurricanes– C Morgan Geekie
New Jersey Devils– RW Nathan Bastian
New York Islanders– RW Jordan Eberle
New York Rangers– C Colin Blackwell
Philadelphia Flyers– LW Carsen Twarynski
Pittsburgh Penguins– LW Brandon Tanev
Arizona Coyotes– C Tyler Pitlick
Chicago– LW/C John Quenneville
Colorado Avalanche– RW Joonas Donskoi
Nashville Predators– C Calle Jarnkrok
Winnipeg Jets– LW Mason Appleton
San Jose Sharks– C Alex True
Vancouver Canucks– RW Kole Lind
Boston Bruins– Jeremy Lauzon
Buffalo Sabres– Will Borgen
Detroit Red Wings– Dennis Cholowski
Montréal Canadiens– Cale Fleury
Columbus Blue Jackets– Gavin Bayreuther
Dallas Stars– Jamie Oleksiak
Minnesota Wild– Carson Soucy
St. Louis Blues– Vince Dunn
Anaheim Ducks– Haydn Fleury
Calgary Flames– Mark Giordano
Edmonton Oilers– Adam Larsson
Los Angeles Kings– Kurtis MacDermid
Florida Panthers– Chris Driedger
Ottawa Senators– Joey Daccord
Washington Capitals– Vitek Vanecek