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What Kraken forward, defensive depth looks like with free agency open [UPDATE]

We take a first look through Seattle’s roster after the expansion draft and put together a hypothetical lineup.

Jared McCann #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Islanders in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Seattle Kraken have completed their roster after the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday night. The Kraken will have plenty of time to make additional roster moves before the 2021-22 season. We already know Seattle will face the Vancouver Canucks in the home opener in its inaugural season on Saturday, October 23.

Now that the Kraken have selected a player from 30 NHL franchises (not including the Vegas Golden Knights), we’ve got an idea of what their lineup may look like. The Kraken took 10 defensemen, some of which will start in the farm system in the AHL. Seattle also has 11 forwards on NHL contracts and the others are on entry level deals, are RFAs or are UFA coming from the AHL. There’s still plenty of work for the Kraken before the season begins. Let’s take a look at their initial depth.

Kraken forward depth chart

Yanni Gourde — Jared McCann — Jordan Eberle
Jaden Schwartz — Alexander Wennberg — Joonas Donskoi
Calle Jarnkrok — Colin Blackwell — Brandon Tanev
Nathan Bastian — Mason Appleton — Tyler Pitlick

Other forwards: Alexander True, Luke Henman, Morgan Geekie, Kole Lind, Carsen Twarynski, John Quenneville

Kraken defensive depth chart

Mark Giordano — Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak — Jeremy Lauzon
Carson Soucy — Vince Dunn
Haydn Fleury
Dennis Cholowski
Kurtis MacDermid
William Borgen

Other defensemen: Cale Fleury, Gavin Bayreuther


Starter: Philipp Grubauer
Backup: Chris Driedger
Third string: Joey Daccord, Vitek Vanecek