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2021 NHL Expansion Draft Results

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

By Nick Lanciani

I have a degree in communication and yet I cannot find the words for this bio. Anyway, I write stuff on Down the Frozen River, make/appear on podcasts, used to write stuff for Couch Guy Sports and apply to jobs for a living when I'm not painting something cool to distract myself from my unemployment.